Allyson Blair

Allyson Blair

Investigative Reporter

Honolulu, HI

Allyson Blair is an award-winning investigative reporter whose career has taken her all over the country.

Since joining Hawaii News Now in 2015, she’s provided in-depth coverage of Hawaii’s homeless crisis, shedding light on the lack of mental health resources for people on the street.

In 2018, her investigative work prompted state government to change a law making it easier for people suffering from mental illness to get access to care.

Her reporting also exposed the use of an unregulated chemical being used by some of Hawaii’s medical marijuana dispensaries. The investigation revealed many of the vape cartridges being sold to patients would be banned in other states.

Before getting into news, Allyson was known for her skills with ... a knife.

Yes, really!

As the daughter of a commercial fisherman, she grew up in Virginia and spent much of her childhood on a lobster boat or 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 worked her way up the ranks in news at stations in Virginia and North Carolina before accepting a job at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona.

The following year, Allyson was honored with an Emmy Award for producing breaking news coverage of the Tucson mass shooting, where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded.

When she's not at work, you can find her fishing, hiking, tossing around a football at the beach or at Rainbow's Drive-In eating a mahi sandwich.

Awards:

  • 2011 Emmy Award for Breaking News Coverage: Tucson Mass Shooting that injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
  • 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
  • 2018 Society of Professional Journalist Award for General News Reporting: Juvenile Junkies
  • 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award of Hard New Reporting: Juvenile Junkies
  • 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting: Sex Offenders Living in Parks
  • 2018 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Sound: Battle for on Street Parking
  • 2019 Associated Press Award for Documentary: Prescribing Hope: Trapped on the Street
  • 2019 Associated Press Award for Investigative Reporting: CBD Dangerous Interactions
  • 2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage: Prescribing Hope: Trapped on the Street
  • 2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Documentary: Prescribing Hope: Trapped on the Street
  • 2019 Emmy for Health/Science/Environment - Program/Special: Prescribing Hope: Trapped on the Streets

Education:

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

Recent Articles by Allyson

  GRAPHIC: Kona fisherman snagged by large hook credits Coast Guard with saving his life

  After huge response, application portal for aid program closed after just 20 minutes

  Hawaii becomes first state to declare climate emergency

  Young boy visiting from the mainland dies in Hawaii after contracting COVID-19

  Man with history of pretending to be a first responder arrested again for impersonating officer

  As ‘pause’ of J&J vaccine is lifted, demand for single-dose shot remains high in Hawaii

  Iolani School to host COVID vaccine clinic for teens, parents

  As eligibility expands, demand for COVID-19 vaccine starts to dwindle on Neighbor Islands

  Widow of man fatally shot by police tries to piece together his final moments

  Thieves go on 12-hour crime spree across Oahu, collecting guns along the way

  Patients fear losing access to medical cannabis amid push to restrict amateur grow operations

  Oahu’s vaccine eligibility expands this week, but the state isn’t getting more doses

  Vaccinations are moving at a fast clip, but herd immunity remains elusive goal

  Oahu to remain in Tier 3 through early May under deal reached with governor

  Just an hour before fatal McCully shooting, suspects linked to armed home invasion

  CDC guidance for vaccinated travelers puts new urgency on state’s ‘vaccine passport’ plans

  Vaccination sites prepare to ramp up as record number of doses head to Hawaii

  Judicial directive aimed at curtailing COVID in jails causing problems in streets, hospitals

  Study: Hawaii’s measured vaccine rollout has gotten better results than 80% of the country

  State quietly makes changes to vaccine registration process for most employers

  Green outlines proposal for expanding vaccine eligibility to all Hawaii adults by May 1

  City prosecutor wants COVID-era policy changed so judges can jail misdemeanor offenders

  Legendary surf family loses their home to flames, but their spirit remains unshakable

  Medical teams hit the street to vaccinate Hawaii’s most vulnerable homeless people

  Looking for a COVID vaccine appointment? Persistence (and patience) recommended

  It’s a long shot, but Kailua’s Pali Lanes may have a future after all

  A 150-person luau sparks frustration for businesses still hobbled by COVID restrictions

  EMS crews reflect on a year of being tested ... and stress the pandemic isn’t over yet

Governor OKs Kauai’s request to ease travel restrictions on out-of-state visitors

  Hawaii clinics on standby to dramatically increase vaccine administration