Allison Payne, a veteran TV news reporter anchor for Chicago’s WGN, passed away on September 1 at the age of 57, according to WGN.
At the age of 25, the Detroit native joined WGN and immediately established herself on significant issues. She went to Kenya to research the ancestors of then-Senator Barack Obama, and she went to Ivory Coast with the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
During her 21-year tenure at WGN, she earned nine Emmys and co-anchored both the station’s primetime program and the midday newscast.
She also had a number of health concerns over the years, including a medical leave of absence in 2008 due to a series of mini-strokes and episodes of depression. “It was brutal getting out of the house, I couldn’t get out of bed,” Payne told the Chicago Tribune.