Allison Payne, Former WGN-TV Anchor, Useless At 57

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Former WGN-TV anchor Allison Payne has reportedly handed away. She was 57.

A 21-year veteran of the Chicago information station, Payne died in her dwelling on September 1, in keeping with a WGN press release.

Starting her Chicago anchoring profession at simply 25 years outdated, Payne coated a variety of tales each domestically and worldwide, together with tracing former President Barack Obama’s Kenyan roots and touring with Rev. Jesse Jackson to the Ivory Coast.

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“I could not have requested for a greater associate than Allison Payne. She had all of it … sensible, lovely and inquisitive, however most of all, my good friend,” mentioned her former co-anchor, Steve Sanders.

A Detroit native, Payne referred to as the Windy Metropolis dwelling for a few years and performed an lively position in the neighborhood, WGN reviews, who additionally described her as a mentor. She additionally established a basis for journalism college students.

“Whereas so many journalists fear in regards to the checklist of questions they wish to ask, she taught me an important a part of an interview is the listening,” mentioned WGN-TV producer Tyra Martin, in keeping with the information station. “That even if you happen to do not ask the precise questions, if you happen to pay attention effectively sufficient, the story will reveal itself.”

It isn’t clear right now how Allison Payne died. She returned to her native Detroit in September 2011.