Former WGN TV host Allison Payne has reportedly died. She was 57.
Payne, a 21-year-old veteran on the Chicago news network, died in her home on September 1, according to a WGN press release.
Payne began her career as a presenter in Chicago when she was just 25 years old, covering a wide range of stories both domestically and globally, including tracking former President Barack Obama's Kenyan roots and traveling to the with Rev. Jesse Jackson Ivory Coast.
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“I couldn't have asked for a better partner than Allison Payne. She had everything … smart, beautiful and curious, but most of all my girlfriend, ”said her former co-host Steve Sanders.
Detroit-born Payne called the Windy City home and played an active role in the community for many years, reports WGN, who also described her as a mentor. She also set up a foundation for journalism students.
"While so many journalists worry about the list of questions to ask, she taught me that the most important part of an interview is listening," WGN TV producer Tyra Martin told news channel Don't Ask The Right One Ask, if you listen well enough, history will reveal itself. "
It is not currently clear how Allison Payne died. She returned to her home in Detroit in September 2011.