Allison Payne Death – Obituary News: Former WGN-TV Anchor has died .
Her death was announced on social media on September 10 by Dean Richards WGN
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 Emmy awards.Allison suffered a series of health issues although a cause of death has not been released. She was 57.
I worked with Allison for years and loved this woman. RIP, my friend.
Who is Allison Payne ?
Payne was a 21-year veteran of WGN-TV, who was hired in 1990 as a 25-year-old out of Saginaw, Michigan. She went on to cover numerous important stories across the globe, including tracing former President Barack Obama’s roots in Kenya and traveling to the Ivory Coast alongside the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
The Detroit native joined WGN in 1990 at the age of 25 and established herself quickly on major stories. She traveled to Kenya to trace the family roots of then-Senator Barack Obama and joined the Rev. Jesse Jackson on a trip to Ivory Coast.
During her 21 years at WGN, she won nine Emmys and co-anchored both the station’s primetime newscast as well as the midday news show.
She also suffered from a series of health issues over the years, taking a medical leave of absence in 2008 after a series of mini-strokes, as well as bouts of depression. “It was brutal getting out of the house, I couldn’t get out of bed,” Payne told the Chicago Tribune.
Condolences – Comments and Reactions.
Diane Motykowski wrote
I am so sorry to read this news. Allison was a beautiful soul – her grace and intelligence was evident every newscast. May she Rest In Peace.
Abraham Morales wrote
Wow, so horrible! Allison was such a great anchor and enjoyed watching her in the evening news with Steve Sanders. My thoughts go out to her and her family.
Julie Popov wrote
This is such a sad post to see. Really liked her as anchor. May she rest peace. My condolences to all who loved her.
Janet Morrisroe White wrote
So very sad to hear! Too young. I loved watching her on WGN. A memory of her while on the air was of her wiping away tears after telling a story. She had such a wonderful voice. Prayers to her family.
Charlene Wagner-Gallion wrote
Oh, how incredibly sad! She was all class and so beautiful. To you and your WGN family, so sorry for the loss of your friend! May she rest in Heaven.
KC Falout wrote
Oh my! I always like her as a newscaster. Sorry to hear of her passing. Condolences to her family and friends. Rest in peace.
Anne Kavanagh wrote
Such sad news. I always enjoyed seeing Allison in the field. A beautiful woman inside and out.
Vikki Erklin Meyers wrote
So Very sad to hear this news..Allison was a Terrific News Anchor and will be missed by many…way too young..So Sad.
Kent Bartram wrote
She often came into our UPS store on Southport (usually returning shoes ) and became like family to us and our employees. She even took Dominic out for a drink when he turned 21. Rest in Power, sweet lady!
Raitis Bocka wrote
Dean Richards WGN I grew up watching her on the 12 noon news and then the Wgn news at 9 when the Wgn mother ship was not so big yet with Steve Sanders Tom Skilling and Dan Roan sad to hear indeed. If you can tell I’ve been a long time viewer of WGN
Barbara Jennings wrote
My condolences to the family. I often wonder how she was doing. I watched her broadcast for years, she will be missed. Rest In Peace
Yesi Jimenez wrote
Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. I definitely remember her when she used to anchor the evening news with Steve Sanders. So young. May she Rest In Peace.
Jeff Edstrom wrote
Sorry for the loss of your friend. She was a very good reporter and it was sad when she left because of her health issues.
Michael James Schram wrote
Oh yeah Dean, I loved watching Allison. Truly gone way too soon. My heart is heavy with your news and loss of your teammate.
I remember seeing her in Walgreens on Western getting wine. We locked eyes and I that’s when I knew she was a real normal person who wanted to be normal.
So tall and beautiful.
She looked at me like I’m just like you. Made me feel special. God bless you beautiful…
Matthew C. Clark wrote
Also was on WNEM TV 5 (1987 – 1990) with anchor Rick Lockridge, weather metrologist Mike Hoffman & Sportscaster Art Neil or the late Marc Wesley.
Janina Rocio Sandoval wrote
Seen this on my wgn app notification and my jaw dropped. May she rest in peace and may gos give strength to hwr family during these difficult time
Jan Newquist wrote
She was very professional yet down to earth. She would consistently tease Tom Skilling and Steve Sanders. May she Rest In Peace and be healed.
Nancy Ciccone wrote
I just saw this on the 9pm news…I am shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. She’s my age! My Condolences to you, Allison’s family and all who knew her.