Bobby Allyn Bobby Allyn is a business reporter at NPR based in San Francisco.
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Bobby Allyn is a business reporter at NPR based in San Francisco. He covers technology and how Silicon Valley's largest companies are transforming how we live and reshaping society.

He came to San Francisco from Washington, where he focused on national breaking news and politics. Before that, he covered criminal justice at member station WHYY.

In that role, he focused on major corruption trials, law enforcement, and local criminal justice policy. He helped lead NPR's reporting of Bill Cosby's two criminal trials. He was a guest on Fresh Air after breaking a major story about the nation's first supervised injection site plan in Philadelphia. In between daily stories, he has worked on several investigative projects, including a story that exposed how the federal government was quietly hiring debt collection law firms to target the homes of student borrowers who had defaulted on their loans. Allyn also strayed from his beat to cover Philly parking disputes that divided in the city, the last meal at one of the city's last all-night diners, and a remembrance of the man who wrote the Mister Softee jingle on a xylophone in the basement of his Northeast Philly home.

At other points in life, Allyn has been a staff reporter at Nashville Public Radio and daily newspapers including The Oregonian in Portland and The Tennessean in Nashville. His work has also appeared in BuzzFeed News, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

A native of Wilkes-Barre, a former mining town in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Allyn is the son of a machinist and a church organist. He's a dedicated bike commuter and long-distance runner. He is a graduate of American University in Washington.

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Former Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes leaves the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building with her partner Billy Evans. AMY OSBORNE/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Elizabeth Holmes grilled by prosecutors on witness stand in her criminal fraud trial

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Elizabeth Holmes, center, leaves federal court in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 22. The one-time medical entrepreneur now charged with building a fraudulent company based on promises of a revolutionary technology returned to the witness stand Monday. Nic Coury/AP hide caption

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The Krause House DAO is a group organized by cryptocurrency fans that is raising money to attempt to purchase an NBA franchise. Krause House DAO hide caption

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Elizabeth Holmes walks into federal court in San Jose, Calif., on Monday. Holmes is accused of duping elite financial backers, customers and patients into believing that her startup was about to revolutionize medicine. Nic Coury/AP hide caption

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Ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes takes the witness stand in her fraud trial

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Web3, short for web 3.0, is a vision of the future of the Internet in which people operate on decentralized, quasi-anonymous platforms, rather than depend on tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter. Ani_Ka/Getty Images hide caption

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People are talking about Web3. Is it the Internet of the future or just a buzzword?

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Gustavo Ajche delivers food for DoorDash in Lower Manhattan. Ajche, who has helped organized 3,000 other food delivery workers during the pandemic, was one of the activists who helped get legislation passed to improve working conditions and pay for the couriers, October 15, 2021. Laylah Amatullah Barrayn for NPR hide caption

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Ordering food on an app is easy. Delivering it could mean injury and theft

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Bills on food delivery apps don't include the human toll on workers

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Jennifer Stout , left, vice president of global public policy at Snapchat parent Snap Inc., and Michael Beckerman, vice president and head of public policy at TikTok, testify before a Senate panel on Tuesday. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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How the 'Stop the Steal' movement outwitted Facebook ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection

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Tech workers recount the cost of speaking out, as tensions rise inside companies

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