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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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Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh (right) leaves federal court in Baltimore on Thursday after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a fraudulent children's book sales to enrich herself and help her political career. Steve Ruark/AP hide caption

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Scott Warren (center) of Ajo, Ariz., celebrates with his attorneys Amy Knight and Greg Kuykendall outside court in Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday. Astrid Galvan/AP hide caption

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Britain's Prince Andrew announced Wednesday that he is stepping back from his public duties amid renewed scrutiny of his ties to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell this summer. David Parker/AP hide caption

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Federal prosecutors say former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh used her series of self-published Healthy Holly children's books to enrich herself, boost her political career and evade taxes. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Two correctional officers who were guarding Jeffrey Epstein's cell were charged by federal prosecutors on Tuesday with making false records and conspiracy. New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP hide caption

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Jeffrey Epstein's Prison Guards Are Indicted On Federal Charges

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Sahar Nowrouzzadeh speaking at an event at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. A report released by the State Department's Inspector General on Thursday found that Nowrouzzadeh was improperly removed from her government post after articles attempting to smear her appeared on conservative websites. Benn Craig /Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center hide caption

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Watchdog Report: Trump Official Punished Public Servant Over Her Iranian Heritage

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Former Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson's nomination for a top Pentagon job was withdrawn following smear attacks published on alt-right websites loyal to Trump. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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'Deep, Dark Conspiracy Theories' Hound Some Civil Servants In Trump Era

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Civil Servants Facing 'Deep, Dark Conspiracy Theories' In Trump Era

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Family and friends attend a funeral service on Saturday to remember Christina Langford Johnson, a victim of an ambush that killed nine American women and children on Nov. 4 in Mexico. Marco Ugarte/AP hide caption

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