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

  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

  Truck hit by gunfire during Nanakuli road rage incident

  Police urge vigilance after violent purse snatching, uptick in robberies in Waikiki

  A NYC homeless program relocated this family to Hawaii. It wasn’t easy or quick.

  ‘It was wild’: Thunderstorms battered one Oahu community particularly hard

  Stings net more than 2 dozen suspected child sex predators in Hawaii

Suspect in armored truck robbery charged with multiple counts

  Sources: Suspect in armored car robbery nabbed after he went back for cash he’d stowed away

  ‘God saved me’: 69-year-old recounts violent carjacking

  Weeks after opening, new Big Island homeless shelter nearly at capacity

  In suit, family claims fatal machete attack at Maui mall was preventable

  Hawaii judges map out efforts to steer mentally ill to treatment instead of jail

  Despite $30M appropriation, little work underway on Ohana Zones

  A new village-style homeless project could begin to rise by Thanksgiving on Oahu

  Big Island woman indicted for murder in connection with foster child’s death

  Federal team dispatched to Kalihi after toxic dumpsite is partially exposed

  State pays city $2.25M to take over Kakaako parks with troubled reputation

  Is New York really ‘exporting its homeless to Hawaii,' as a recent article claimed?

  Seeing its patrons needed more than books, a library struck up a unique partnership

  Outreach workers team up with police to offer late-night help to Waikiki homeless

  Hawaii is on the list of potential sites to host next year’s G7 summit

  Work to remove toxic levels of lead from Kalihi neighborhood delayed

Suspect accused of opening fire on ex-girlfriend at bus stop pleads not guilty