Greg Allen Greg Allen reports on the diverse issues and developments tied to the Southeast. He covers everything from breaking news to economic and political stories to arts and human interest features.
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Greg Allen

Correspondent, Miami

As NPR's Miami correspondent, Greg Allen reports on the diverse issues and developments tied to the Southeast. He covers everything from breaking news to economic and political stories to arts and human interest features. He moved into this role in 2006, after four years as NPR's Midwest correspondent.

Allen was a key part of NPR's coverage of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, providing some of the first reports on the disaster. He was on the frontlines of NPR's coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, arriving in New Orleans before the storm hit and filing on the chaos and flooding that hit the city as the levees broke. Allen's reporting played an important role in NPR's coverage of the aftermath and the rebuilding of New Orleans, as well as in coverage of the BP oil spill which brought new hardships to the Gulf coast.

As NPR's only correspondent in Florida, Allen covered the dizzying boom and bust of the state's real estate market, the state's important role in the 2008 presidential election and has produced stories highlighting the state's unique culture and natural beauty, from Miami's Little Havana to the Everglades.

Allen has spent more than three decades in radio news, the first ten as a reporter in Ohio and Philadelphia and the last as an editor, producer and reporter at NPR.

Before moving into reporting, Allen served as the executive producer of NPR's national daily live call-in show, Talk of the Nation. As executive producer he handled the day-to-day operations of the program as well as developed and produced remote broadcasts with live audiences and special breaking news coverage. He was with Talk of the Nation from 2000 to 2002.

Prior to that position, Allen spent three years as a senior editor for NPR's Morning Edition, developing stories and interviews, shaping the program's editorial direction, and supervising the program's staff. In 1993, he started a four year stint as an editor with Morning Edition just after working as Morning Edition's swing editor, providing editorial and production supervision in the early morning hours. Allen also worked for a time as the editor of NPR's National Desk.

Before coming to NPR, Allen was a reporter with NPR member station WHYY-FM in Philadelphia from 1987 to 1990.

His radio career includes serving as the producer of Freedom's Doors Media Project — five radio documentaries on immigration in American cities that was distributed through NPR's Horizons series — frequent freelance work with NPR, Monitor Radio, Voice of America, and WHYY-FM, and work as a reporter/producer of NPR member station WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Allen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, with a B.A. cum laude. As a student and after graduation, Allen worked at WXPN-FM, the public radio station on campus, as a host and producer for a weekly folk music program that included interviews, features, live and recorded music.

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Government Shutdown Stalls Preparedness For Hurricane Season

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Suspends Broward County Sheriff From Elected Office

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South Florida voters cast their vote late in the day at a busy polling center in Miami on Nov. 6, 2018. Rhona Wise /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Florida Law Restoring The Vote To Felons Takes Effect

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Peter Brown was held by the county sheriff at the direction of Immigration and Customs Enforcement because the agency erroneously identified him as a Jamaican here illegally and flagged him for deportation. In fact, Brown was born in Philadelphia, raised in New Jersey and has seen Jamaica only once, briefly on a cruise. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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ICE Detained The Wrong Peter Brown

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Gulf Oyster Reefs Are Hurting. Now There's Help From Oil Spill Aid Money

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Following Parkland Shooting, Commission Finds There Is Still More To Be Done

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This Art Show Doesn't Have Banksy's Blessings — His Fans Don't Seem To Mind

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Privately-Owned Rail Company In Florida Gets Richard Branson As New Partner

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Florida's Governor Race Could Be A Test For Trump

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Lance Erwin works with a neighbor in Mexico Beach, Fla., to repair parts of his roof after it was blown off by Hurricane Michael. Rules are looser in the Pandhandle, allowing construction that couldn't stand up to the storm's 155 mph winds. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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After Hurricane Michael, A Call For Stricter Building Codes In Florida's Panhandle

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Hurricane Michael Deals Florida's Oyster Industry A Serious Blow

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Hurricane Michael Leaves Many Florida Communities In Ruin

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Hurricane Michael Leaves Trail Of Destruction Along Florida Panhandle

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Threatening Florida's Panhandle, Michael Becomes A Category 4 Hurricane

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