Allen is a researcher and conversion writer who’s passionate about journalism and creative writing. He enjoys learning from people who are experts in their fields and applying new knowledge in ways that inform anyone who can benefit from the information. He grew up on a farm in rural Audrain County, Missouri, where he often returns to help his father.

In his spare time, Allen enjoys writing fiction and playing music. He previously worked as regional editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune, where he oversaw multiple rural newspapers, including his hometown paper in Mexico (Missouri) where he started in the industry as a naive young reporter. He has also reported for news outlets in places like Washington D.C., Jefferson City and St. Louis.

Allen graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in English, creative writing (B.A.) and journalism (M.A.).