09/29/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

WGN Anchor Payne Cheers For Obama In Denver

No cheering in the press box?

The old journalist's maxim apparently fell by the wayside in Denver Wednesday night when WGN-Channel 9 anchor Allison Payne was spotted cheering for candidates at the Democratic National Convention, Robert Feder reports.

Chicago reporters covering the Democratic Convention in Denver were stunned to witness WGN-Channel 9's Allison Payne cheering and applauding for speakers Wednesday night while she was seated with the Illinois delegation in the Pepsi Center.

The veteran newswoman has been co-anchoring convention coverage for the Tribune Co.-owned station.

The report caps a rough two weeks for Payne, who slurred her speech and appeared drunk during the station's August 21st 9 p.m. newscast.

Payne attributed her behavior to a series of mini-strokes and insisted, "I was not drunk."