I'm a reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia covering criminal justice, law enforcement, courts, breaking news and other topics. I'm a regular contributor to NPR. I've also been a guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Part of my legal reporting included covering Bill Cosby in court, dozens of hearings held in suburban Philadelphia over nearly three years and the comedian’s two criminal trials, the latter of which resulted in Cosby’s conviction and sentence to state prison.

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

While in Nashville, I worked on a months-long investigation for BuzzFeed into a rape scandal that rocked Vanderbilt University. The reporting implicated the football team’s head coach, who resigned shortly after the story was published. In later court testimony, the coach admitted he told players he had viewed the graphic footage.

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, especially through public records and other documents. 

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

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