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

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

  With calls for mental health emergencies on the rise, HPD launches crisis intervention team

  No, this lawmaker doesn’t have an ‘incredible investment opportunity’ for you

  Quick thinking cabbie avoids likely hold-up outside Ala Moana Center

  Nonprofit sees spike in illegal dumping at donation sites since city started bulky item pilot

  Surveillance video captured gunman’s attack near busy Kalihi intersection

  Suspect accused firing at ex-girlfriend at bus stop appears before judge

  Suspect accused of opening fire on ex-girlfriend in Kalihi has long criminal past

  Lt. Gov. Green criticizes homeless sweeps, proposes new plan to create more housing

  Planning to leave on a jet plane? The TSA is changing its ID requirements

  Crews left with 5 tons of garbage (and counting) after Diamond Head sweep

  Cost of much-needed HFD equipment balloons under Trump tariffs

  New late night outreach will target Waikiki’s chronically homeless

  Moiliili resident threatens to sue city over sidewalks blocked by homeless camps

  It’ll take a bit longer to remove toxic soil buried beneath Kalihi street

  Nonprofit to end critical case management for mentally ill

  Experts tell lawmakers: Localize Hawaii’s CBD industry to safeguard consumers

  HNN investigation finds bacteria, inaccurate potency in popular CBD products

  Extended hours of the Pali lead to happy, busy businesses in Windward Oahu

  National nonprofit raises alarms about dearth of drug treatment in islands

  Windward Oahu drivers breathe sigh of relief over extended hours of Pali Highway

  State’s only psychiatric street medicine team gets $500,000 from city

  EPA to remove extremely high levels of lead buried under deteriorating Kalihi road

  Drone captures hidden homeless camps that dot Oahu’s south shore

  Siri, am I getting conned? BBB warns of new voice search scam

  Emergency officials urge preparedness as 2 tropical cyclones near state

  US surgeon general raises alarm about high rates of vaping among Hawaii kids

  US Surgeon General: Hawaii’s homeless crisis won’t be solved with housing alone

  ‘She started swinging’: Clean-up volunteer punched in unprovoked attack

  State says new barrier at Dillingham Airfield is for safety; skydive company calls it payback