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

  First vials of single-dose COVID vaccine could arrive in Hawaii within 7 to 14 days

  If you work at Zippy’s, getting a COVID vaccine could help you earn a day off

  Nonprofit prepares for broad effort to vaccinate Hawaii’s homeless

  Blangiardi asks state to lift some team sports restrictions with COVID cases declining

  State leaders mull who should be prioritized in next phase of vaccine distribution

  More Hawaii vaccine appointments rescheduled amid storm-related shipment delays

  He thought a driver was dumping trash in the road. Getting closer, he realized it was a baby.

  Arson investigation launched after large blaze at shuttered Waikiki pub

  Data offers insight into how many frontline workers have received COVID vaccine

  Banners in Waikiki will remind visitors and residents to be COVID-safe

  A lesson in redemption: Why a business owner hired the man who stole from him

  New facility provides a place to heal and a pathway to housing for medically frail homeless

  Woman seriously injured after being ambushed by armed carjackers at stoplight

  Vaccines are starting to slow COVID’s spread in Hawaii, evidence suggests

  ‘They weren’t afraid of anything’: Armed thieves ransack jewelry store

  Hawaii 11th grader accused in sophisticated nationwide hacking scam faces felony charges

  Under pilot, Big Island high schoolers would be regularly tested for COVID

  Pair of homeless heroes lauded for capturing handcuffed escapee

  Experts: One-dose COVID vaccine could dramatically ramp up effort to get shots in arms

  7 Hawaii National Guard members test positive for COVID-19 following DC deployment

  Criminals are capitalizing on confusion surrounding COVID vaccines: BBB

  Boys trying to retrieve slipper from canal recount moment flash flood swept them away

  Vaccine shortage hobbles Hawaii’s COVID-19 immunization effort

  Host of safety protocols in place to prevent COVID outbreak during legislative session

  20% of all parking tickets issued over the last 5 years went unpaid, state records show

  Hundreds get immunized at Oahu’s first mass vaccination site

  With evictions looming, advocates urge state not to cut funding for homeless programs

  How quickly you get the COVID-19 vaccine could depend on your zip code

  State finalizing plan to launch 2 mass vaccination sites in Honolulu

  As vaccine rollout continues, Hawaii grapples with increase in COVID-19 cases