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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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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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Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. has listed the anonymous whistleblower on a list of witnesses Republicans will like to call as part of the impeachment inquiry. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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President Trump speaks to reporters upon arrival at the White House in Washington on Sunday. He called on reporters to publicly reveal the name of the whistleblower who set off the impeachment inquiry. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Whistleblower Offers To Field Written Questions About Call Trump Says Was 'Perfecto'

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White House counsel Don McGahn in September. Lawyers for McGahn appeared in federal court on Thursday in a dispute over whether he will have to sit for questions from House investigators conducting the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Saul Loeb/AP hide caption

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Leo Lech stands on a pile of wood in his neighbor's yard, which overlooks the back of his former home in Greenwood Village, Colo. In 2015, the home was destroyed by the police during a standoff with a gunman and has since been razed and rebuilt. On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled that the city does not owe Lech any compensation. Kathryn Scott Osler/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Prosecutors say Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul, both Kentucky Republicans, were targeted in a doxxing scheme in which a former Senate staffer hacked into government computers to expose the personal information of lawmakers. Zach Gibson/AP hide caption

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President Trump on Monday released a photograph of the dog used in the weekend raid in Syria that resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder and leader of the Islamic State. The dog was injured in the operation but is making a full recovery, defense officials say. President Trump's Twitter account hide caption

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Dog Injured In Syrian Terrorist Raid Is Hailed As A Hero In The Mission

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President Trump is introduced during Game 5 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Fans greeted Trump with boos and jeers, with some chanting "Lock him up." Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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President Trump said on Sunday morning that capturing or killing Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been "the top national security priority" of his administration. Above, Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on Sunday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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