Former WGN-TV anchor Allison Payne has reportedly handed away. She was 57.

A 21-year veteran of the Chicago information station, Payne died in her dwelling on September 1, based on a WGN press release.

Starting her Chicago anchoring profession at simply 25 years previous, Payne coated a variety of tales each domestically and worldwide, together with tracing former President Barack Obama’s Kenyan roots and touring with Rev. Jesse Jackson to the Ivory Coast.

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“I could not have requested for a greater accomplice than Allison Payne. She had all of it … good, lovely and inquisitive, however most of all, my pal,” stated her former co-anchor, Steve Sanders.

A Detroit native, Payne known as the Windy Metropolis dwelling for a few years and performed an energetic function in the neighborhood, WGN reviews, who additionally described her as a mentor. She additionally established a basis for journalism college students.

“Whereas so many journalists fear concerning the record of questions they need to ask, she taught me a very powerful a part of an interview is the listening,” stated WGN-TV producer Tyra Martin, based on the information station. “That even when you do not ask the proper questions, when you hear nicely sufficient, the story will reveal itself.”

It isn’t clear right now how Allison Payne died. She returned to her native Detroit in September 2011.