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Allen supervises Barrett’s downtown faculty, leadership team and 750 students. He also chairs the ASU University Hearing Board. He is a past president of ASU’s Downtown University Senate and member of the University Academic Council and the ASU General Studies Council.
Allen has written extensively on history, political media, presidential communication and the international mass media. He has conducted pioneering historical research on Spanish language television. His two preceding books include "News Is People: The Rise of Local TV News" (2001) and" Eisenhower and the Mass Media" (1994). A review in Electronic Media recognized "News Is People" as the "best book ever written on the history of television news." His works have appeared in the Journal of American History, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.
Prior to receiving his Ph.D. at Ohio University in 1989, he was a newspaper reporter at the Oregon Journal in Portland and a news director and manager at KMGH in Denver, KRDO in Colorado Springs and KHQ in Spokane. In March 2003, Allen was named an International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Fellow.
He also has been active as a consultant to television news organizations outside the United States. His foreign assignments have included ICTV in Ukraine, TVB in Indonesia and Pop TV in Slovenia. He has contributed to numerous television productions, including a documentary on the 1988 U.S. presidential campaign that was prepared by Channel 4 in London and telecast to viewers in the United Kingdom.