Allyson Blair

Allyson Blair

Reporter

Honolulu, HI

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.

Awards:

  • 2017 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Documentary: Prescribing Hope
  • 2017 Emmy Award for Health/Science/Environment - Program/Special: Prescribing Hope
  • 2017 Associated Press Award for Best Documentary: Prescribing Hope
  • 2017 Society of Professional Journalist Award for Series Reporting/Documentary/Special News: Prescribing Hope
  • 2011 Emmy Award for Breaking News Coverage: Tucson Mass Shooting that injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Education:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.A. in Electronic Media

Recent Articles by Allyson

  Vague guidelines on pesticide use at schools has community calling for change

  He’s a miracle at birth thanks to a breakthrough treatment done in the womb

  Second urgent care clinic that caters to homeless set to open in Kaneohe

  Texas family vacationing on Maui remains hospitalized after horrific crash

  Using GPS locators, crew collects 40 tons of ‘ghost nets’ floating in Pacific

  Neighbors fear for their safety after squatters take over dead man’s home

  Family of Hawaii’s iconic ‘Sailor Jerry’ sues company that makes rum by the same name

  Faulty transmission line blamed for power outage at Honolulu’s airport

  City-funded domestic violence shelter that was barely used is slated to close down

  Nanakuli residents at wits’ end over volatile homeless camp on federal property

  Experts: Lack of drug treatment to blame for surge in homeless dying on streets

  Kahului’s homeless crisis gets an unflattering comparison: It’s starting to look like Honolulu’s

  On the Big Island, homeless crisis has first responders stretched thin

  Kauai scrambles for solutions after number of unsheltered homeless doubles

New arrivals who end up homeless test aloha, resources on Friendly Isle

  Kauai mayor wants island to be test site for controversial mental health plan

  Despite shortage of beds for Big Island’s homeless men, shelter’s expansion hits red tape

  The beautiful island of Molokai is in dire need of one thing: Medical professionals

  Old UH dormitory to become apartments for Maui’s homeless families

  City slow to address fights, filth and lewdness that plague Waikiki pavilions

  Judge throws man convicted in animal cruelty case behind bars for contempt

  Vacuums clean your carpet. Scientists hope they could also clean Hawaii beaches.

  Oahu hospital to launch ‘stabilization program’ for those in mental health crises

  Meet the first Waianae High alum to graduate from West Point

  Damage to fiber optic cables delays launch of Waikiki surveillance system

  There have been 21 dog attacks at this Kakaako park in the last 3 years

  Changes would make it easier to force homeless with severe mental illnesses to get treatment

  Residents run into red tape in push to tackle squatters’ village in Kalihi Valley

  Advocates, families face overwhelming barriers to help homeless with severe mental illness

  8 homeless shelters don’t meet new standards, but will be funded anyway