As reported by the Chicago Sun Times, WGN-TV’s Emmy Award-winning anchor, Allison Payne, was perhaps best known for her kindness, generosity, and her commitment to delivering the hard-hitting news to the masses.
It’s reported that Payne even brought one of her producers along with her on a work trip on her own dime after being rebuffed by the budget department. But her generosity didn’t stop there. “She just wanted to show her gratitude, not just by words but by gifts as well,” Vicky Baftiri, one of Payne’s longstanding producers recalled about Payne’s penchant for thoughtful gift giving, which included tangible designer handbags, wallets, and jewelry. She also reminisced about the invaluable hours of her time and wisdom Payne spent at the station. “She loved fearlessly, she mentored not just me, but countless interns,” Baftiri said. “She was so instrumental in my career,” she remembered about her late colleague.
No doubt, Payne will be sorely missed by her friends and family. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of her loved ones during this difficult time.