Bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science, Colorado State University
Allison joined Colorado Public Radio in 2017 to bring focus to CPR News’ coverage of local, state and federal government. She now covers justice and immigration. Rather than a daily crime beat, Allison focuses on problems in the criminal justice system and trying to tell stories from the ground -- the jailhouse, the police car, the courtroom -- about what is happening in Colorado from places most people don't go.
Allison brings over 17 years of journalism experience to the newsroom and a familiarity with Colorado politics. She began her career as a health care reporter with the Denver Post and later transitioned to cover education and poverty before taking on their political beat full-time. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 2010 to serve as the Post’s bureau chief before taking a similar job at the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2014, where she covered Congress and the White House.
Allison has received a wide range of awards throughout her career as a journalist, including the Washington Press Club Foundation’s David Lynch Regional Reporting award on coverage of Congress. She was also a part of the team that received the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News at the Denver Post for coverage of the Aurora theater shooting in 2012.