Judy Walton (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6416
E-mail: JWalton@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
Judy Walton has been a reporter and editor at the Times Free Press and its predecessor, The Chattanooga Times, since 1987. As a reporter, Walton focused on government coverage and investigations. At various times she has been an assistant metro editor, region reporter and editor, county government reporter, government-beat team leader, features editor and page designer. Originally from California, Walton was brought up in a military family and attended a dozen schools across the country. She earned a journalism degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., in 1984 and worked at two Kentucky newspapers before moving to Chattanooga in 1987. Her investigative pieces include allegations of medical malpractice at Chattanooga's Veterans Affairs clinic — stories that led to a federal investigation and a series of reforms. She was the first to report on massive ground and water pollution at the former Volunteer Army Ammunition Depot (now the VW assembly plant); during the first year of her stories on the quality and timetable for repairing the damage, federal government funding for cleanup tripled. More recently, she and colleague Cliff Hightower reported on financial irregularities at the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce, which led Chattanooga and Hamilton County governments to withdraw funding for the organization.

Public prods council on PILOTs, sale of city buildings

Published Aug. 7 2018

A routine business session for the Chattanooga City Council ended with something of a bang Tuesday as city residents pressed...

Local Republican leaders call for unity

Published Aug. 6 2018

The bumps and bruises from Thursday's intramural squabble might still be tender, but now it's time to forget them and...

Esther Helton wins in District 30

Published Aug. 2 2018

Negative campaigning failed to be a ticket to office in the House District 30 Republican primary, while the District 28...

Coppinger wins handily in county mayor race

Published Aug. 2 2018

In the campaign for Hamilton County mayor, Republican incumbent Jim Coppinger cruised to an easy victory over Democratic challenger Aloyse...

Election officials rush remedy when some voting district lines found wrongly drawn

Published Aug. 1 2018

In an election season full of surprises, this may be the biggest one yet: At least several hundred Hamilton County...

Chattanooga City Council splits on City Court judge question

Published Jul. 31 2018

A tie vote in the Chattanooga City Council means a proposed charter amendment to shrink the size of City Court...

Mailer alleges Marty Haynes gave Esther Helton a property tax break

Published Jul. 30 2018

Hamilton County Assessor of Property Marty Haynes on Monday adamantly denied a campaign allegation that House District 30 Republican candidate...

District 30 spat boils over

Published Jul. 26 2018

While the one-of-a-kind race to replace state Rep. Gerald McCormick simmers temporarily on the back burner, the GOP primary contest...

Court vacates Marion County bail bonding firm's suspension over 'sextortion'

Published Jul. 26 2018

Tennessee appeals court judges have vacated a six-month suspension handed to a regional bail bonding company after one of its...

Communications failure plagues county over cop computers

Published Jul. 25 2018

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Chattanooga Police Department appear to have their wires crossed regarding in-car computer communications for...

Hands-on help for Chattanooga's job seekers

Published Jul. 23 2018

Shenika Lewis stood on the porch of her small green bungalow Monday afternoon, chatting with a man holding a clipboard...

Fireworks at election commission over 'frivolous' District 26 lawsuit

Published Jul. 23 2018

A Chattanooga attorney will represent the Hamilton County Election Commission in a lawsuit filed by Tennessee Democrats over the state...


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New twist in District 26 lawsuit

Published Jul. 21 2018

The soap opera that is the House District 26 election ended its week in another cliffhanger Friday.

Democrats keep District 26 challenge alive

Published Jul. 19 2018

The Tennessee Democratic Party continues to battle to stop Republicans from naming a late replacement candidate in the House District...

SWAT called to Bradley County Jail over inmate 'riot'

Published Jul. 15 2018

A disturbance at the Bradley County Jail last month that a spokesman downplayed as one person acting up was in...

Pace 'steady' on first day of early voting [photos]

Published Jul. 13 2018

A slow but steady trickle of vehicles rolled into and out of the lot as residents came to cast ballots...

Democrats debate in contest for District 28 seat

Published Jul. 12 2018

A debate among the five Democrats running for the House District 28 nomination Thursday night focused on how to overcome...

Magistrate's admitted mistakes could get him fired or get the county sued

Published Jul. 11 2018

A Hamilton County judicial commissioner will get 30 days and more training to determine whether he is up to the...

Coonrod calls for dialogue on police use of force

Published Jul. 10 2018

Chattanooga City Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod called for dialog with city police and said civil disobedience might be needed after two...

Team outlines disparity study for council

Published Jul. 10 2018

The consultants selected to study whether small and minority-owned businesses are able to compete for city business briefed Chattanooga council...