Allison Payne was born on February 12, 1964, in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Allison was a nine-time Emmy Award winner, a 21-year anchorwoman with WGN-TV, a veteran international journalist, a popular public speaker, and an actively involved community builder.
She was a longtime anchor and reporter at CW affiliate and cable superstation WGN-TV in Chicago, Illinois. Payne also served as a co-anchor of the WGN Midday News from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
In January 2010, Payne publicly admitted that she was a recovering alcoholic, after having previously battled alcoholism for 20 years.
I’m so sad to report the death of former WGN TV anchor, Allison Payne in her hometown of Detroit.
She co-anchored WGN News for 21 years earning 9 Emmys. Allison suffered a series of health issues although a cause of death has not been released. She was 57. RIP my friend. pic.twitter.com/Kwu5ax56OG
— DeanRichards (@DeanRichards) September 11, 2021
Payne had also launched Payne Productions, Incorporated, a television production company that served to help students interested in the broadcasting business to enable them to acquire jobs and make an actual living with their talents.
In late December 2010, Payne took a leave of absence from WGN-TV to rest her vocal cords(as she was quoted).
Payne also remained active in broadcasting via freelance work until her death.
I am heartbroken over the death of Allison Payne. For 21 years she was theee face of @WGNNews for me, a little black girl living in Bolingbrook, IL. My parents moved my bedtime to 9:30p so that I could watch the nightly news with @AllisonPayneTV & Steve Sanders. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/ljjyy1PLBr
— Afua S. Owusu (@afuasowusu) September 11, 2021
Allison Payne passed away on September 1, 2021 (aged 57), in her home Detroit, Michigan, US. The Cause of death is yet to be determined.
Allison through her years is supposedly to have accumulated a net worth estimated at around $350k.