Allison Payne sidelined

Allison Payne, the co-anchor of WGN-TV’s 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts, is being sidelined again for the third time this year due to complications from “mini-strokes” she has been having for quite sometime now.

Ms. Payne made the decision to take some time off so she can “fully rehabilitate”.

Micah Materre will fill in alongside Mark Suppelsa on the station’s 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts, while medical reporter Dana Blair replaces Materre on the midday newscast.

The T Dog Media Blog wishes Allison Payne a speedy recovery, and a quick return to the news set.