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

  Homeless triage center that Chinatown residents rejected may have found a new home

  Most COVID-19 patients recover at home, but hospitalizations higher among seniors

  Cluster of COVID-19 cases at state’s largest nursing home grows to 15 as testing continues

  Large COVID-19 cluster in Waipahu linked to pastor holding faith services at home

  If you paid for something at a business that’s now closed, here’s what to do

  Expert: 1 in 4 Hawaii restaurants might not weather economic crisis

  COVID-19 patient was at Oahu game room hours before being hospitalized

  Doctors urge some protesters to self-isolate in the wake of large weekend gatherings

  Oahu driver licensing centers are open, but by appointment only

  State-regulated marijuana vape cartridges aren’t safe, doctor and whistleblower say

  Facing opposition, IHS halts plan to buy Chinatown building for homeless ‘triage center’

  In potential model for Hawaii, Alaska won’t require quarantine for visitors who get tested

  Free health clinic for uninsured is capable of treating patients statewide

  Generous donors with good connections bolster Hawaii’s PPE stockpile

  Weekend parties leave Oahu beaches trashed and raise concerns about spread of virus

  In the age of COVID-19, every 911 call requires taking extra precautions

  New homeless outreach effort zeroes in on Waianae Coast

  Waikiki retailers find that reopening is only step 1. Staying open could be the bigger challenge.

  Waikiki businesses fling open their doors with high hopes of wooing kamaaina

  Army of volunteers assembled to staff free health clinic for Hawaii’s newly uninsured

  Health officials work to contain cluster of COVID-19 cases in a Kalihi housing project

  The Big Island now has no active COVID-19 cases, but mayor urges vigilance

  Green: ‘Medium-risk’ businesses could reopen by the end of the month

  International effort underway to help save a Hawaii man’s life

  As lawmakers grapple with $1B shortfall, advocates urge them to preserve social safety net

  Every week, this church distributes groceries to 200. This week, they served 1,700.

  To help newly-unemployed who lost health insurance, Green proposes pop-up clinic

  Eateries look to reopen dine-in areas with strict social distancing, hygiene practices

  New initiative aims to equip every homeless person on Oahu with face masks

  Bank of Hawaii, IHS partner to collect food and hygiene supplies for Oahu’s homeless