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

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

  In new video series, COVID-19 survivors recount battle with the virus in their own words

  Governor approves ‘resort bubbles’ for quarantining visitors on Kauai

  Homeless shelter reopens following COVID-19 outbreak, but with fewer beds

  A Hawaii Kai property has been set on fire 3 times since June. And that’s just the beginning.

  Federal aid is available to those impacted by the pandemic. Here’s how to apply for it.

  New COVID-19 cases are declining, but hospitals continue to grapple with nursing shortage

  Paramedics, exhausted by Oahu’s COVID-19 surge, driven by a love for the job and their patients

  9th coronavirus fatality reported at Hilo veterans home

  Nonprofit looks to fill more than 50 positions as it works to distribute much-needed aid

  Healthcare reinforcements arrive from all sides to ease overwhelmed hospital staff

  Thief ravages Kaneohe greenhouse, stealing rare native Hawaiian plants

  As hospitalizations soar, ‘unprecedented’ number of ERs are turning ambulances away

  Advocates: Aggressive action needed amid ‘sub-epidemic’ in Pacific Islander community

  5 Oahu hospitals at or near capacity as coronavirus infections continue to surge

  Man convicted in gruesome Maui machete attack accused of fatally beating fellow inmate

  Lt. Gov. Green, others say new rules for Oahu gatherings aren’t enough to rein in COVID-19 surge

  Hospitals see encouraging signs that COVID-19 surge is slowing

  Proposed fishing rules threaten a way of life on Molokai’s north shore, residents say

  State issued orders 5 times this week to keep homeless COVID-19 patients in quarantine

  With major ICUs nearing capacity, patients are being moved and reinforcements sought

  Caldwell denies retirement potluck was source of COVID-19 infections at Honolulu Hale

  Mass testing underway after COVID-19 outbreak at Iwilei homeless shelter

  COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oahu jump by 33% in two days

  New mobile testing clinic to play critical role in state’s pandemic response

  As COVID-19 infections surge, Oahu hospitals race to create more critical care units

  In ‘sobering’ warning, Lt. Gov. Green says Hawaii ICUs could be full by the end of the month

  COVID-19 hospitalizations are up on Oahu and so are calls to 911, health experts say

  Their shipping lifeline in doubt, small Neighbor Island businesses face grim future

  After jaw-dropping 109 new coronavirus cases, state considers reinstating mandates