Bre Payton (June 8, 1992 - December 28, 2018) was a writer and political commentator based out of Washington D.C. She was a Staff Writer for The Federalist who covers culture and millennial politics. 
Early Life & Education
From August to December 2013, Bre Payton was the Layout and Web Editor of the Journal of International Social Affairs.
In this role, she worked closely with a group of students to produce monthly print issues using the Adobe Creative Suite. She designed and edited each issue. Payton also launched and regularly updated a website to feature the stories.
Bre Payton interned at the National Journalism Center from May to August 2013. In this role, she attended weekly journalism seminars.
From January to May 2013, Bre Payton was the Social Media coordinator for Patrick Henry College. She managed all of PHC’s social media accounts, coordinated projects that engaged current and prospective students as well as the general public. She implemented new strategies that increased PHC’s followers/friends by a significant percentage. Payton contributed to web content and management of the school’s website. She also wrote multiple stories on campus events.
From January to September 2012, Bre Payton was a freelance writer for WORLD Magazine . She wrote feature and hard stories for WORLD’s national website and its Virginia periodical.
From January to December, 2011, Bre Payton was a Features Editor for the Citrus College Clarion. She provided content for and ensured that the Features section of the bi-weekly newspaper was full each issue; researched, assigned, wrote and edited stories in this section; designed and produced the paper.
On Friday, December 28, 2018, Bre Payton died from sudden illness at the age of 26, according to her employer The Federalist. 
"Bre has passed," publisher Ben Domenech tweeted. "We are devastated. Last we saw her, she was her funny, smart, vivacious self. Now lost to us so suddenly."
Payton was survived by her parents, George and Cindy Payton, and her four siblings - James, Jack, Christina, and Cheekie.
Her boyfriend, Ryan Colby, is a media relations associate for Becket Law, a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths.