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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Indigo Blue
Favorite Food:
Candied Yams
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Early Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Sounds Good.$What's Happening?

Birthplace

Born:
7/22/1957
Birth Location:
Jersey City, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Indigo Blue
Favorite Food:
Candied Yams
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Early Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Sounds Good.$What's Happening?

Birthplace

Born:
7/22/1957
Birth Location:
Jersey City
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Biography

Journalist Ron Allen was born in 1957. His mother, Shirley Allen, was a school secretary; his father, Lindsay L. Allen Jr., was a cargo sales manager at Newark International Airport. Allen received both his B.A. degree and M.A. degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1980, Allen was hired as a desk assistant for a CBS news station in New York City. From 1988 until 1992, he worked as a national correspondent for CBS News based in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, California. In 1992, Allen was appointed as a foreign correspondent for ABC News, and served in London until 1996. He was then hired by NBC News in 1996 as a national and international correspondent, where he covered stories of interest across the United States and around the world. Allen was based in London until 2003, when he moved to New York.

As a national and international correspondent, Allen covered the O.J. Simpson trials, the Trayvon Martin shooting, the abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University, the historic Arab Spring from Cairo, Egypt, and the devastating earthquake in Haiti. He has traveled to South Africa several times to cover the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Allen also covered the historic 2008 Presidential election campaign, where he reported from Chicago’s Grant Park the night of President Barack Obama’s victory. In all, he has traveled to more than seventy-five countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Balkans, Israel and the Palestinian territories, and across Africa, in countries such as Rwanda, South Africa and Somalia, among others. Allen’s reports have appeared on all of NBC’s news platforms including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” and MSNBC.

Allen’s work has earned him many of journalism’s highest honors, including six Overseas Press Club Awards, five Emmys, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards. In 1996, the National Association of Black Journalists named him journalist of the year. Allen has also served on the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Overseers, the Board of the Overseas Press Club, and the Leadership Council of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Allen lives in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area with his wife, Adaora Udoji, and daughter.

Ron Allen was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 9, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ron Allen lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ron Allen describes his father's influence
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ron Allen remembers adopting his daughter from Ethiopia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ron Allen talks about his father's community in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ron Allen describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ron Allen describes his siblings and extended family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ron Allen talks about his sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ron Allen describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ron Allen describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ron Allen recalls his early experiences of religions, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ron Allen recalls his early experiences of religions, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ron Allen talks about his interest in sports
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ron Allen remembers his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ron Allen describes his family's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ron Allen remembers enrolling at St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ron Allen describes his activities at St. Peter's Preparatory School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ron Allen recalls describes his education at St. Peter's Preparatory School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ron Allen recalls his decision to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ron Allen describes his experiences at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ron Allen remembers playing basketball at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ron Allen recalls his master's degree program at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ron Allen talks about his summer activities during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ron Allen recalls the start of his career in broadcast journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ron Allen remembers joining CBS News
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ron Allen describes the racial demographics of the CBS News room
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ron Allen talks about the minority training program at WCVB-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ron Allen talks about his aspiration to become a foreign correspondent
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ron Allen recalls his transition to WCVB-TV in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ron Allen describes his work as an investigative reporter, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ron Allen describes his work as an investigative reporter, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ron Allen recalls his time at the CBS News bureau in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ron Allen remembers becoming a CBS News correspondent in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ron Allen recalls his start as a foreign correspondent, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ron Allen recalls his start as a foreign correspondent, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ron Allen recalls his transition to ABC News
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ron Allen describes the ABC News bureau in London, England
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ron Allen remembers lessons from his time as a foreign correspondent
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ron Allen talks about his coverage of the Rwandan genocide, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ron Allen talks about his coverage of the Rwandan genocide, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ron Allen reflects upon his growth as a foreign correspondent
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ron Allen talks about his decision to adopt a child from Ethiopia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ron Allen remembers meeting his wife at the O.J. Simpson trial
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ron Allen talks about his transition to NBC News
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ron Allen remembers his father's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ron Allen reflects upon his parents' support for his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ron Allen recalls his dangerous experiences as a foreign correspondent, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ron Allen recalls his dangerous experiences as a foreign correspondent, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ron Allen reflects upon his transition to domestic news correspondence
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ron Allen talks about diversity in broadcast journalism, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ron Allen talks about diversity in broadcast journalism, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ron Allen describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ron Allen reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Ron Allen reflects upon the legacy of his generation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Ron Allen reflects upon the legacy of African Americans in the United States
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ron Allen narrates his photographs