Shannon Allen is the producer for the 5:00 pm newscast on WVLT News. Before coming to Knoxville she spent time as a producer in Roanoke, Virginia.
Shannon grew up in small town along Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains. Her home was near miles and miles of fantastic views and hiking trails, and just minutes away from the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail.
She graduated from Roanoke College with degrees in both Environmental Science and Communication.
Shannon followed her heart and pursued a career in news after serving as an intern at WDBJ and working alongside Alison Parker and Adam Ward. The reporter and photographer were shot and killed during a live remote broadcast in 2015. Shannon worked with both journalists on the station's morning show, and treasures the advice and encouragement she received from both of them.
Her favorite stories involve science and ecology. When she’s not in the newsroom she spends time throwing on the pottery wheel or helping out with the Junior League of Knoxville.