Ron Allen C'79 G'01
RON ALLEN / NBC News
Ron Allen is a NBC News correspondent based in New York. His thoughtful and insightful reports from across the country and around the world appear on every NBC News platform including, “NBC Nightly News,” “Today,” and MSNBC. He joined NBC News in 1996.
During several decades of reporting, Ron also has been based in London for 11 years, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Boston, Hartford, and Charlotte. He has won many of journalism’s highest honors, covered American politics extensively, and traveled to more than 75 countries, often hotspots across the Middle East and Africa.
Some of Ron’s most recent assignments at NBC News include the White House during campaign 2016, Ferguson, Missouri and issues of policing across the country, and the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela from South Africa.
Ron has joined NBC’s political team for the past 4 US presidential elections. In 2008, he reported from Chicago’s Grant Park the night of President Barack Obama’s victory, the culmination of a year spent following the campaigns of Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, and the general election campaign of Vice President Joe Biden.
Prior to NBC, Ron was a London based correspondent for ABC News, where contributed to “World News Tonight,” and “Good Morning America,” from 1992 to 1996, and before that a CBS News correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. and in Los Angeles, contributing to the “CBS Evening News,” the “CBS Morning News,” “48 Hours” and “Sunday Morning”, from 1988 to 1992.
Among his most memorable national and international assignments: the first Persian Gulf War from the Pentagon, the Rodney King trial, the Los Angeles riots, the OJ Simpson trial, the US led intervention in Somalia, the Bosnian civil conflict, the war in Kosovo, the death of Princess Diana, numerous natural disasters in the Philippines, Turkey, India, Mozambique, the Rwanda genocide, the start of the Iraq War, Afghanistan following the September 11th attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Sandy, the death of Nelson Mandela from South Africa, and the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.
Ron covered local news for WCVB-TV Boston, WFSB-TV Hartford, and WBTV Charlotte. He began his career at CBS News New York as an assignment desk assistant in 1980.
Ron’s work has earned many of journalism’s highest honors, including 6 Overseas Press Club Awards, 6 Emmys, numerous Emmy nominations, 2 Robert F. Kennedy Awards, 2 George Foster Peabody Awards, and 2 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards. His coverage of the unrest in Baltimore following the death of a suspect in police custody recently helped NBC win an Edward R. Murrow Award. The National Association of Black Journalists once named him journalist of the year.
Ron has a BA and MA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on the University’s Board of Overseers, the Board of the Overseas Press Club, the Leadership Council of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and participated in the Woodrow Wilson Fellows Program.
He now lives in New Jersey, his home state.