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

  Man charged in brutal sex assault was trying to meet women on dating app

  Oahu man out on bail following ‘sadistic’ attack that left victim fighting for her life

  HPD suspends COVID-19 enforcement patrols after audit finds major overtime violations

  New testing initiative identifies COVID-19 clusters in Oahu’s homeless camps

  Millions in housing aid promised to Hawaii families either diverted or expected to go unspent

  Scammers are promising cash in exchange for participating in COVID-19 vaccine trials

  HPD spent millions in COVID-19 aid on four-wheelers, trucks and trailers

  Record number of Hawaii votes cast in one of the most anticipated elections in decades

  'Come to the table’: Landlords owed back rent urged to negotiate agreements

  Virtual fundraiser supporting Caldwell’s bid for governor raises eyebrows

  Everyone’s shopping online. But buyer beware: Scammers are there, too.

  The state is sitting on $90M for housing aid and time is running out to distribute it

  Bars are closed and people are driving less, but Oahu’s roads aren’t any safer

  After false positives, Hawaii County considers nixing post-arrival test for travelers

  500 Hawaii volunteers participate in COVID-19 vaccine trial

  Despite huge need, state has only distributed 2% of $100M set aside for housing help

  State to rely on voluntary, post-arrival tests to gauge safety of traveler testing program

  Woman robbed, beaten unconscious while standing along busy roadway

  Voting on Honolulu’s charter amendments? Here are the questions, simplified

  COVID-19 is taking a heavy toll on residents' mental health, experts say

  Green calls for clear statewide mask mandate as state prepares to welcome visitors back

  Gunman holds workers at gunpoint, ransacks safe at Kapolei fast food eatery

  Hawaii’s GOP not discouraged by Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis

  Family seeks answers on a father’s final days battling COVID-19 at veterans home

  Out of work? Now’s your chance to learn a new trade for free

  Quarantine in Guam separated a family as they mourn 2 relatives lost to COVID-19

  Hilo veterans home grappling with COVID-19 outbreak has faced scrutiny in the past

  As death toll at Hilo veteran’s home mounts, family calls for criminal investigation

  With launch date nearing, key details of pre-travel testing program still unclear

  Funding for homeless sweeps along state roadways runs out, putting future clean-ups on hold