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Allen Martin

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Allen Martin anchors the KPIX 5 newscasts each weeknight at 5 and 6 pm and as a reporter his stories can be seen at 6pm and 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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To schedule an appearance for KPIX 5 on-air reporters/anchors, please contact Akilah Bolden-Monifa, Director of Communications. Please provide the date, time, location of the event, number of attendees expected, and name of sponsoring organization.
 

Branciforte Creek in Santa Cruz County (CBS)

Some Californians Allowed To Keep Using Water For Free Amid Record Drought

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A park ranger inspects a redwood tree in Redwood National Park that has been vandalized to steal a "burl." (National Park Service)

Poachers Butchering Northern California’s Majestic Redwoods For Profit

California’s treasured redwood trees are under attack by poachers hacking out the trees’ distinctive burls which are later turned into tables, artwork or other adornments.

05/10/2014

Larkspur's Honeymoon cottage is drawing a lot of interest in buyers, despite some obvious drawbacks. (CBS)

Historic Larkspur Cottage On Sale For Just $355k – But It’s No Tear Down

The quiet town of Larkspur is the epitome of quaint, the kind of place you might think about settling down, if you can afford it. But with an average sale price of $1.4 million, you might have to go bargain hunting. That’s where the ‘honeymoon cottage’ comes in.

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Jennifer McCoun

Bay Area Family’s Tragedy Sheds Light On Skydiving Regulations

A Bay Area family had sued a skydiving school after their daughter plunged to her death. While their daughter checked out the school and found it had a great safety record, the school never revealed that other people died there.

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California farm. (CBS)

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Most people don’t realize how much water it takes to grow their food. For example, to grow one single almond it takes one gallon of water. To grow one head of lettuce it takes three-and-a-half gallons of water. And to grow one walnut, it takes five gallons of water.

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Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, in 2006. (CBS)

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Political consultant and former San Francisco School Board president Keith Jackson. (CBS)

Leland Yee Scandal Puts Political Consultant Keith Jackson In The Spotlight

Keith Jackson has been described by the FBI as a central figure in the corruption scandal involving State Sen. Leland Yee. But the more we looked into his background, the less we found.

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State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco.) (CBS)

Leland Yee Crusaded For Gun Control Before Indictment On Gun Charges

Before he was arrested and indicted on numerous federal charges Wednesday, including allegations of gun running, State Sen. Leland Yee was a major advocate for gun control and pushed to ban a device called a “bullet button.”

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Louie Vaccarro of Fairfax, a student at Drake High School, was paralyzed following a crash on Lucas Valley Road on December 24, 2013. (CBS)

Marin County Teen Pushes Forward After Becoming Paralyzed In Crash

Life can change in an instant for any of us. For 16-year-old Louie Vaccaro of Fairfax, it happened on Christmas Eve last year. The Marin County teenager was with a group of friends when the SUV they were in overturned on Lucas Valley Road and rolled two-and-a-half times.

03/07/2014

KPIX 5 hired a boat to get an up close view of a barge off Treasure Island believed to be a secret project by Google. (CBS)

Google Barge Headed To Port Of Stockton

The Google barge that’s been docked at Treasure Island for months is heading to Stockton to be finished.

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