Atlanta News First
Allen Devlin joined the Atlanta News First News Team in July of 2021 as a Breaking News Anchor and General Assignment Reporter.
Before joining WGCL, Allen was a General Assignment Reporter for WYFF News 4, the NBC affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina, where he worked for two years. During his time with WYFF, Allen reported on a number of stories including the fight to lower violent crime rates across Anderson County, the death of James “Radio” Kennedy, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on African Americans across South Carolina, Joe Biden’s campaign trail through the Upstate, the aftermath of the 2016 Townville Elementary School fatal shooting, the impact of George Floyd’s death on the AME Church and secured the only interview with the parents of the late Chadwick Boseman regarding his battle with colon cancer and subsequent passing.
Allen was also nominated for an Emmy Award for his continued coverage of an EF3 Tornado that devastated the small South Carolina Town of Seneca.
Prior to WYFF, Allen earned his master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in the city of New York. While in New York, Allen covered the rising homeless rates within the city, as well as the introduction of congestion pricing in Manhattan. Allen was also awarded the duPont/Judy F. Crichton Award for Video Journalism from Columbia University for his story on the lack of accessibility within the city’s public transportation upon his graduation in May of 2019.
Allen is a proud Gamecock Alum and earned his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina, graduating in May of 2018. Through his work with Carolina News, Allen received two Student Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as the Mark of Excellence award from the South Carolina Society of Professional Journalist.
Allen also worked with CNN on the 2016 Presidential Campaign and assisted in the Republican and Democratic Town Halls in Columbia, South Carolina, in February of 2016 while at UofSC.
Allen is an Atlanta native and is very excited to be working in the city he calls home. Allen’s passion for journalism is centered around the human element and is rooted in hearing and telling the stories of others. He loves meeting and working with new people every day and is always excited to share someone's story, no matter how big or small.
Allen is more than excited to be a part of the Atlanta News First News team and the greater Atlanta area!