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Allison Gilbert is an Emmy award-winning journalist and author of numerous books, including the much-anticipated forthcoming biography of Hearst newspaper columnist Elsie Robinson (1883-1956), to be published by Basic Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, in 2022.

On 9/11, Allison was a television news producer in New York and was nearly killed by falling debris when the second tower collapsed. She is the official narrator of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s historical exhibition audio tour, the only female journalist to be so honored. To mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks, she is executive producer of two film projects in collaboration with the 9/11 Memorial Museum and Wondrium.

The nearly two-hour film, “Reporting 9/11 and Why It Still Matters,” provides the definitive documentary account of how journalists reported events at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, aboard Air Force One, and in the fields of Shanksville, Pennsylvania following the crash of United Airlines Flight 93. Allison is also host of the 20-part series, “Women Journalists of 9/11: Their Stories,” which highlights contributions of female journalists who covered 9/11 and its impact on their personal lives and careers. Through candid conversations, Allison explores how the media landscape has changed for women in the past generation.

Featured journalists for both projects include Tom Brokaw, Savannah Guthrie, Scott Pelley, Byron Pitts, Maggie Haberman, Linda Wertheimer, Dana Bash, Barbara Starr, David Martin, Major Garrett, Rehema Ellis, Anne Thompson, Ann Compton, Jane Clayson, Bob Pisani, Jon Scott, Eric Shawn, William Rashbaum, Aaron Brown, Don Dahler, among many mothers.

Allison is co-editor of Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11 and author of Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents, Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children, and Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive.

Allison writes regularly for the New York Times and other publications. On her popular grief and resilience blog, she features Q & A’s with some of the most notable names in our culture today including, Arianna Huffington, Jon Stewart, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Dani Shapiro, Gretchen Rubin, and Susan Orlean.

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