A native of Chicago, Alison grew up in Cincinnati and lived in several cities that did not begin with the letter "C" before she moved to Columbus. She received a BA from Earlham College and briefly attended Bir Zeit and Hebrew University. After a wide ranging career that included late night jazz host, housing discrimination field investigator, and occupational health video production, she settled on radio news as the best excuse to talk to people for a living. Some of her favorite interviews include Nikki Giovanni, Yo-yo Ma and N'tobo M'beke. Alison has an equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.