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

  Hawaii gets shipment of protective gear for healthcare workers from national stockpile

  Pandemic speeds up construction start on master-planned village for the homeless

  Amid pandemic, 17 homeless people move into state’s first Kauhale village

  Closed park bathrooms lead to a big mess ... and concern about a broader health risk

  State takes inventory of hospital beds and eyes alternative facilities

As access to coronavirus testing improves, results are lagging

  Hundreds expected at one-day drive-thru testing site planned for Kakaako

  Despite governor’s plea, visitors are still coming ... and crowding into eateries

  Bracing for surge in demand, Hawaii Foodbank turns to community for help

  Lt. Gov. urges Hawaii to prepare for more cases following confirmation of community spread

  Kualoa Ranch tour guide diagnosed with coronavirus is ‘improving’

State monitors arrivals from high-risk regions, but not as many as you might think

  UH president: All classes will be delivered online through mid-April

  State’s largest homeless provider starts screening clients for coronavirus

  Homeless woman turned a drive to help others into a job ... and a path off the streets

  Arson investigation underway after blaze in Waikiki destroys surfboards, damages nearby hotel

  Teen arrested after allegedly running over fellow student during argument

  To combat increase in purse snatchings, fitness center offers free self-defense classes

  Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sex abuse lawsuits

  Chinatown merchants blame fears over coronavirus for drastic decline in business

  Blustery conditions on Oahu’s west side topple trees, cut power

  Police nabbed her accused purse snatcher ... then fixed her purse and returned it to her

Lawmakers push to create new crisis center aimed at diverting the mentally ill from jail

  HPD investigates after snorkeler finds what appears to be human skull in the reef

  2 EMS workers left bloody after woman allegedly attacked them inside ambulance

  Woman on Kauai misses deadline to show authorities her 2 missing children are OK

  Recurring robberies at Ala Moana Center prompt shoppers to take precautions

  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’