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

  Senior citizens targeted in recent string of violent bus stop purse-snatchings

  A decades-old toxic dump is finally being removed from under a Kalihi street

  Officer Tiffany Enriquez remembered: ‘She will always be my hero’

After losing 2 of their own, officers honor the fallen by ‘doing our job’

  Ige pledged to end homelessness in Hawaii by 2020. What happened?

  'Surreal’: Shooting that left father and son dead rocks close-knit Waianae community

  Man posing as security guard carjacks student outside UH Manoa dorm

  Woman stabbed outside Waipahu supermarket says good Samaritans saved her life

  Sony Open to press on in spite of weather threat

  Roving van of men linked to 2 armed robberies that were minutes apart

  Sources: Suspect in Waipahu attack had recently arrived in Hawaii, was booted from shelter

  2 elderly women targeted in Salt Lake armed robbery were out for a morning stroll

  Woman viciously beaten in purse snatching at grocery store parking lot

  Police arrest suspect accused of sexually assaulting 2 women at office building

  Maui man left bloody after stray firework rips through the cab of his pick-up

  Elderly man savagely beaten in midday robbery at Ala Moana Center

  Hawaii shoppers flock to malls for last-minute gifts ... and deals

  Sources: 14-year-old captured in stolen car linked to crime spree

  That ‘great business opportunity’ from a friend on Facebook may be a scam

  Mother of man killed by police raises questions about officer’s actions

  Horrifying holdup: Three armed, masked men rob Waianae mini-mart

  WHO: No measles-related deaths reported in Samoa over last 48 hours

  Elderly woman walking to church suffers fractured hip in violent purse snatching

  Samoa’s mass vaccination effort continues as hospitals are overrun with patients

  Hawaii medical teams race to vaccinate in Samoa amid deadly measles outbreak

  In latest gun crime on Oahu, group playing mahjong robbed by armed suspect

  Engineers hope high-tech sandbags will keep the beach in Waikiki from disappearing

  New tiny home community for the homeless now under construction in Kalaeloa

  Short lines, minimal waits at HNL on one of the year’s busiest travel days

  Another violent purse snatching in Waikiki prompts call for greater police presence