Bobby Allyn Bobby Allyn is a business reporter at NPR based in San Francisco.
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Bobby Allyn

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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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Elon Musk is taking issue with the App Store, but Apple may have the last word

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Why Margrethe Vestager is Silicon Valley's foremost antagonist

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Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes arrives for her sentencing at federal court with her partner Billy Evans in San Jose, California. Holmes was convicted of four counts of fraud for allegedly engaging in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud investors. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Elizabeth Holmes sentenced to 11 years in prison for Theranos fraud

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Prosecutors ask a judge to sentence Elizabeth Holmes to 15 years in prison

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Founder and CEO of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes speaks at the Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco on Nov. 2, 2015. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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It's judgment day for Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes

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State attorneys general on Monday announced a nearly $392 million settlement with Google over allegations that it misled consumers about when location tracking services were collecting information on consumers. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Twitter recalls subscription-based service Twitter Blue just days after its launch

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Twitter's blue checkmarks now indicate something other than a verified account

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