Atlanta News First
Allen Devlin is an Anchor for Atlanta News First, anchoring the 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts on Atlanta News First and our sister station Peachtree TV. Allen joined the Atlanta News First News Team in July of 2021 as a Breaking News Anchor and General Assignment Reporter.
The Atlanta native has hit the ground running, covering an array of breaking news stories, severe weather disasters and sports championship wins all over metro Atlanta and in some instances, the country. Allen is a 3-time Emmy-nominated Anchor/Reporter, a 2-time South Carolina Broadcasters Association Award Winner, and a 2-Time RTDNAC Award Winner.
Before joining Atlanta News First, 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's most memorable story was his continued coverage of an EF3 Tornado that touched down in the small town of Seneca, SC.
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.
When Allen is not working in journalism, he enjoys cinematography and video editing, playing basketball with friends and spending time with his family here in the metro area.
Allen 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!