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Allison Payne on Leaving WGN: ‘My Health Had Become a Burden to the Station’

Allison Payne — a 21-year veteran anchor of  WGN who has recently suffered from a slew of health problems, including damage to her vocal cords — will say goodbye to the station in September.

Executives at the Chicago CW affiliate agreed this week to a buyout of Payne’s contract so the longtime anchor can pursue other career options. “The station management has been so supportive, and I appreciate this amicable parting, because my health had become a burden to the station,” Payne told The Chicago Sun-Times.

Payne anchors the midday broadcast alongside Steve Sanders. Issues with her health have plagued the 47-year-old Payne, who has taken two illness-related absences in recent years — in 2008, for a series of small strokes, and in January of this year, for problems with her vocal chords.

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Allison Payne Returns to WGN for Mock Newscasts

Allison Payne, who has been on leave for over a month because of issues with her vocal cords, has returned to Chicago’s WGN for a series of practice newscasts.

Here’s Chicago media reporter Robert Feder:

In this week’s installment of the real-life soap opera, our troubled heroine shows up for work Monday after more than a month away and goes through the motions of anchoring a newscast on the set of WGN-Channel 9, more or less as she has for the past 21 years.

But in this case, it’s all just pretend–to see if Payne can make it though 20 minutes on camera without losing her voice or having some other sort of meltdown.

Payne is set to do two more mock newscasts this week and WGN news director Greg Caputo tells Feder that he expects the veteran anchor to be back on the air by the end of the week.

Allison Payne Missing from WGN Due to Vocal Cord Problems

“Where’s Allison Payne?”

That’s what viewers in the Chicago area have been wondering this month after the veteran anchor went missing from WGN‘s 11 a.m. weekday newscast.

It turns out that Payne has been experiencing problems with her vocal cords.

“She was diagnosed a few months ago and tried to tough it out. But her doctor eventually ordered her to cut back using her voice,” WGN news director Greg Caputo told Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.

In Payne’s absence, Dina Bair has been appearing alongside Steve Sanders for WGN’s midday newscast. Read more