Allison Payne was a nine-time Emmy Award winner, a WGN-TV anchorwoman for 21 years, a veteran international journalist, a renowned public speaker, and a dedicated community leader.
She worked for WGN-TV, a CW affiliate and cable superstation in Chicago, Illinois, as an anchor and reporter for many years. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Payne was a co-anchor on WGN’s Midday News.
She was 57 years old.
Was Allison Payne Married?
Yes, Bobby Richardson is the husband of Allison Payne.
There is relatively little information about Payne’s husband, if any because she was so discreet about her personal life.
The local reporter was married to a man called Bobby Richardson, according to some sources, and the couple married in 2004.
However, she never confirmed her connection with Richardson, leading others to speculate that Richardson and Payne were dating but never married.
Payne had previously been married to Don Riggs.
Riggs, like Richardson, has no information other than the knowledge that his marriage to Payne was short-lived and the two divorced owing to personal issues. It’s unknown if they had any children from their marriage.
How Did Allison Payne Die?
Payne was placed on medical leave between January and August2008 after suffering a series of mini-strokes.
WGN-TV stated in November 2008 that Payne would be taking an indefinite leave of absence due to chronic health difficulties.
In an interview with Chicago Tribune media journalist Phil Rosenthal, Payne confessed that she sought treatment for depression months before her departure.
Payne died in Detroit on September 11, 2021, at the age of 57. Steve Sanders, her former co-anchor, said, “I couldn’t have asked for a better partner than Allison Payne. She had it all … smart, beautiful and inquisitive, but most of all, my friend,”
Damn. Just got the news that longtime @WGNTV anchor Allison Payne has died. She was 57. Allison was a sweet, kind woman; a great anchor, who had an adorable smile. She suffered a lot of health issues the last several years. Gone so soon. pic.twitter.com/h7VoAB2KHq
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