I'm a reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia covering criminal justice, law enforcement, courts, breaking news and other topics. I contribute regularly to NPR. 

I moved to Philly from Tennessee, where I was a reporter for Nashville Public Radio. 

At other points in life, I've been a staff reporter at The Oregonian and The Tennessean. And my work has appeared in The Washington Post and The New York Times

My thumbnail bio: The only child of a machinist and a church organist, I was raised a working-class kid under the milky sun of Northeastern Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Updike's hometown. 

I studied philosophy and journalism at American University in Washington, where I started AWOL, a monthly news magazine. On top of that, I did a bunch of internships at magazines and newspapers before landing my first full-time gig at The Tennessean. I covered state and federal courts. I left somewhat unceremoniously

Then I fell into radio. 

I like stories about the people behind crime and courts, disputes that explain communities and stories that illuminate the motivations of power brokers and policy, especially through public records and other documents. 

I’m as fluent with Nexis and Pacer as I am with Twitter and Facebook.

I'm a dedicated bike commuter. I'm also passionate about strong black coffee, old fashioneds and my Pomeranian. 

You can reach me at bobby.allyn@gmail.com; or ballyn@whyy.org