Allen Martin anchors the KPIX 5 newscasts each weeknight at 6pm and profiles Jefferson Award winners and as a reporter his stories can be seen at 11pm.
Allen came to KPIX 5 in August of 2004 as a reporter in the South Bay.
In 2005 he began anchoring the weekend evening newscasts and reporting for the 11pm news.
In the Fall of 2006 he started anchoring weeknights at 5pm and in 2008 he was added to the anchor team at 6pm as well.
Allen started in broadcasting when, as a junior at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, he produced a radio talk show for KLOS. In his senior year he took a job as a disc jockey in Sacramento – flying up on the weekends to work and back for school during the week. After graduating, he worked in radio news in Sacramento (KZAP), Los Angeles (KMET), and San Francisco (KMEL). His career took him to Atlanta and also gave him the opportunity to move into TV news while working at CNN.
In 1986 he started anchoring and reporting in Fort Smith, Arkansas. After five years and promotions to assistant news director and main anchor Allen returned to his native California to work as the main anchor at the NBC affiliate in Salinas. He was there four years, co-anchoring with Clint Eastwood’s wife, Dina Eastwood Ruiz.
Just after the Oklahoma City bombing, Allen took the job as main anchor at KFOR in Oklahoma City. In 1998 he came back to California and the Monterey Peninsula to anchor and be the assistant news director for the CBS/FOX affiliate stations. Six years later KPIX 5 gave him the chance to work in the most beautiful area in the world.
In addition to television news, Allen has taught “Media and Crisis Communication” for the Department of Homeland Security, he sits on the board of directors of “Boyhood Shadows Project” a non-profit that helps male victims of childhood sexual abuse.
He enjoys fly fishing, golf, cycling, hiking and spending time with his children and granddaughter.
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Starting a small business is hard enough. If you’re low income, a woman, and a minority, it might seem impossible. But this week’s Jefferson Award winner is helping such women achieve their goals everyday.
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Man who rode a motorcycle through a crowd of activists blocking a San Francisco street and protesting the GOP healthcare bill was detained.
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A Bay Area college campus is helping students put food on the table.
Once a week, the homeless in Fremont line up for a free, hot meal courtesy of this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
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It’s hard to imagine anything more difficult than seeing your child in the hospital. One man who had to endure that ordeal is working to make it a little easier for parents and children. This week’s Jefferson Award winner is doing it with the gift of music.
If life is like chess, Chris Major wants kids to learn the lessons early.
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