Fox 2’s Al Allen Set to Retire This Year

Veteran Fox 2 News reporter, Al Allen, announced his retirement to the Michigan Chronicle.  He is set to retire in December of this year. 

Recently featured in the 2012 edition of Who’s Who in Black Detroit, Allen spent his entire career in the field of journalism.  He started as a news director at KOKY radio in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He later moved back to Detroit where he worked as a reporter and news director at WCXI-AM and WGPR-FM, and as news and public affairs director at WJLB-FM.  In March of 1984, Allen began reporting for WJBK Fox 2 News.

Allen grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, but his family later moved to Detroit when he was a teenager.  He said he acquired a passion for journalism at Mumford High School, where he reported current events going on in the school on its closed circuit broadcast, Spotlight on Mumford.

He cites his most memorable moment as

Allen has received numerous awards, both locally and nationally, including awards from United Press International, The Associated Press and the National Association of Black Journalists.  He also received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his ground-breaking work on a documentary, entitled Crime by Color, Black on Black.  The documentary examined the issues surrounding black-on-black crime in Detroit.

When asked what he plans to do after retirement, he said, “I have no set plans so far.  I just know that I won’t be sitting at home.”

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