Allyson Blair

Allyson Blair is an Emmy award winning journalist who loves to tell a good story. Over the past decade her career has taken her all over the country. She made the move to Oahu in April 2015 after accepting a reporter position at Hawaii News Now. Allyson grew up in central Virginia and was instilled with a strong work ethic at a very young age. As the daughter of a commercial fisherman she spent much of her childhood on a lobster boat and working in her family's seafood market. Allyson's dad still jokes that if news doesn't work out she can always get a job cleaning fish. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Electronic Media, Allyson began her career at WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia. In 2006 she was hired at WTKR in Norfolk, Virginia. Allyson served as a field producer during the mass shooting at Virginia Tech that claimed the lives of 32 students and teachers. In 2007, Allyson travelled to North Carolina where she accepted a job at WCTI-TV as the Greenville Bureau Chief. Two years later she made the move back to Virginia where she worked as a producer and reporter at WAVY-TV. In 2010 Allyson traded in coastal living for the Sonoran desert when she accepted a job at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix. The following year Allyson was honored with an Emmy award for producing breaking news coverage of the Tucson mass shooting where Representative Gabrielle Giffords was wounded. During the 5 years Allyson spent in Phoenix she covered stories across the state of Arizona including the Yarnell Hill fire that claimed the lives of 19 hotshots. She also spent time on the US/Mexico border reporting on issues like immigration and drug cartels. Allyson is excited to once again live by the ocean and immerse herself into the local culture. When she's not at work you can find her hiking, tossing around a football at the beach or at Rainbow's Drive-In eating a Mahi sandwich.

Recent Articles by Allyson

  To give back to the organization that saved his life, kettle bell ringer spreads warm tidings of joy

After years of planning and prep, church opens igloo-shaped shelters to the homeless

In ‘game-changer,’ Hawaii given approval to use Medicaid dollars to help chronically homeless

Giant inflatable tents for the homeless could be coming to a park near you

Big Island fire officials: Body found after house fire in Ainaloa

Nearly 2,000 people gathered at the Blaisdell for the state’s largest Thanksgiving meal

Family blames bureaucracy for keeping 85-year-old sex offender on the streets

Lethal opiate fentanyl found in some Hawaii street drugs

Against the odds, Waianae homeless camp is working to raise a stunning $1.5M for their new, permanent home

Honolulu council passes bill that would fast-track some building permits

Homeless continue to skirt Kakaako sweeps despite agreement intended to end cat-and-mouse game

Pain so excruciating, you want to die: A Big Island man who doctors suspect has ‘suicide disease’ seeks relief

After a two-year dry spell, Hawaii once again has a lone Republican in the state Senate

State considers Leeward Oahu property as site for homeless ‘ohana zone,' but not everyone is on board

She lived on the streets for 35 years, lost in her illness. Her family never gave up

Program for formerly homeless kids helps them break habits learned on the streets

Leeward Oahu homeless shelter that can house 80 families set to close at end of month

Innovative program not only helps homeless people find work, it connects them to higher pay

The new normal for lava evacuees: Making do

Hawaii County: Only a quarter of lava evacuees have found permanent housing