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Bill Allen

Assistant professor of science journalism in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri-Columbia and in the Missouri School of Journalism.

Bill Allen is an assistant professor of science journalism in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri-Columbia and in the Missouri School of Journalism.

Bill Allen

Biography

BILL ALLEN served 25 years as a journalist before joining the University of Missouri faculty in 2004. A specialist in science, environment and medical reporting, he holds a joint appointment in the Missouri School of Journalism and the Science and Agricultural Journalism Program of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Allen was senior investigative reporter/medical at the Louisville Courier-Journal in 2003-04 and a science, environment and medical reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1989-2002. He began his journalism career at the City News Bureau of Chicago in 1977, and has worked at United Press International, the Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also taught science writing. Allen has freelanced articles for the Washington Post, New Scientist, BioScience and other magazines. He is author of Green Phoenix: Restoring the Tropical Forests of Guanacaste, Costa Rica (Oxford University Press, 2001).

Allen was a 1996-97 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, a 2000 Ford Environmental Journalism Fellow in Nicaragua for the International Center for Journalists, and a 2002 Environmental Journalism Fellow at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai. Among other honors, he won the 1999 Media Spotlight Award of Amnesty International-USA and the 1998 national Engineering Journalism Award. He was a finalist for the 1998 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, given by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and rhetoric as well as master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and history from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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