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Bobby Allyn

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Bobby Allyn is a general assignment reporter for NPR.

He came to Washington from Philadelphia, where he covered criminal justice and breaking news for more than four years 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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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a plan on Wednesday to provide free tuition in all of the state's 29 public colleges and universities. The proposal still needs the approval of the state legislature. Susan Montoya Bryan/AP hide caption

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Mike Folmer was arrested on Tuesday on child pornography charges filed by the state Attorney General's Office. According to charging documents, Folmer told police he had been "dealing with some personal problems." Marc Levy/AP hide caption

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The Justice Department says Edward Snowden, seen here via video feed, breached nondisclosure agreements he signed with the National Security Agency and CIA with the publication of his new memoir, Permanent Record. Juliet Linderman /AP hide caption

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Cokie Roberts was one of NPR's most recognizable voices and is considered one of a handful of pioneering female journalists who helped shape the public broadcaster's sound and culture. She died Tuesday. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Journalist Who Helped Shape NPR, Dies At 75

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Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn, shown last week. The company, which makes OxyContin and other drugs, filed court papers in New York on Sunday seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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Purdue Pharma, owned by members of the Sackler family, has tentatively struck a deal that would settle thousands of lawsuit brought by municipal and state governments alleging that the drug maker helped fuel the country's deadly opioid crisis. George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Purdue Pharma Reaches Tentative Deal To Settle Thousands Of Opioid Lawsuits

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Wide receiver Antonio Brown was sued in federal court by his former trainer who claims Brown sexually assaulted and raped her. As the NFL investigates, the Patriots say they are standing by Brown. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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One of the Plastic Army Women that toy company BMC Toys will be introducing next year after a six-year-old girl from Arkansas wrote a letter to the company wondering why there were no female soldiers. Courtesy of BMC Toys hide caption

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Her Own Toy Story: How A 6-Year-Old Girl's Letter Launched 'Plastic Army Women'

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Several hundred Haitians and Bahamians wait at the port of Marsh Harbour in hopes of boarding a boat to Nassau on Friday. Cheryl Diaz Meyer for NPR hide caption

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Dorian's Floodwaters Trapped Hundreds In The Outer Banks Until Boat Rescuers Arrived

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Many of the streets in Charleston, S.C., were flooded Thursday under the heavy rains of Hurricane Dorian. The storm's eyewall remained offshore at least through early afternoon, but that hasn't saved the Carolinas from severe winds and flooding. Sean Rayford/Getty Images hide caption

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Hurricane Dorian Takes Aim At The Southeastern U.S.

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Residents wade through a street flooded with water brought on by Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas, on Tuesday. The storm spent most of Monday and into the morning Tuesday essentially stalled out over the Bahamas, relentlessly pounding the islands with high winds and catastrophic flooding. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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