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Natalie Allen '84

Natalie Allen has been a broadcast journalist for 23 years at both the national and local levels, working as an award-winning correspondent, news anchor, producer, writer, copy editor, photographer and videotape editor.

While few people can claim that they have stood on the forefront of history and announced their findings to the world, Allen has been doing so since she graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1984.

Allen began her broadcasting career as a news anchor and correspondent at KFSMTV, a CBS affiliate in Fort Smith, Ark. While at KFSM-TV, she also served as a general assignment correspondent, news producer, news photographer and news editor.

In 1985, Allen returned to her hometown of Memphis, Tenn., and took a job as news anchor and correspondent at WREG-TV. At WREG, she wrote and reported a six-month series of broadcasts on problems with inner city public schools and was sent to Belize to follow and report on a medical mission. Her report on the eighth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death aired nationally.

Allen left Memphis and took a job as anchor for Eyewitness News Daybreak at WFTV in Orlando, Fla. While there, she was also a general assignment reporter whose primary focus was local government. Her report on the accidental killing of a child by a boy won her a regional Emmy Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award.

In 1992, Allen started what was to be almost 10 years as a news anchor and correspondent for Cable Network News. At CNN, she conducted live interviews with some of the world’s most recognizable people, including Henry Kissinger, Al Gore, Jerry Falwell, Louis Farrakhan, Charlton Heston, J.K. Rowling and Southern Miss alumnus Jimmy Buffett. She anchored presidential news conferences from three separate White Houses, those of Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Today, Allen is a freelance correspondent for NBC News and a news anchor for MSNBC. In her current position as a correspondent with NBC News, Allen has appeared live on The Today Show and MSNBC. She has also reported on Election 2004 on Nightly News Weekend and has appeared on CNBC.

Since graduation Allen has assisted Southern Miss in a number of endeavors, including the filming of a recruiting video, in which she narrated and appeared. She also served as emcee for Chi Omega’s 50th Anniversary Luncheon.

She has a son, Nicholas Star Wright, and resides in Atlanta.