Allison Klein
Reporter

Allison Klein grew up in Columbia, MD. The guy she sat next to in high school art class killed a woman at the local convenience store. She went on to study journalism at the University of Florida. Her first week there, a serial killer started murdering young women around town. After graduation, she moved to Paraguay. Within days, the head of the Paraguayan DEA was gunned down in front of his house. She later reolcated to Miami Beach and started working for the Miami Herald. One early morning while she was walking home from the gym, Gianni Versace was shot dead a block from where she was. At that point, she decided she should just go ahead and cover the mayhem. For eight years, she wrote about crime and city life for The Miami Herald and The Baltimore Sun, chronicling bizarre and heart-breaking tales using both short-form and long-form journalism. She has been doing the same for The Washington Post since 2004.

Latest by Allison Klein

When is it safe to start leaving kids home alone?

When is it safe to start leaving kids home alone?

Assess their maturity, start with brief absences, then extend the time they are on their own.

A break for busy families: If both parents can’t make it to dinner, that’s okay

A break for busy families: If both parents can’t make it to dinner, that’s okay

There is a lot of talk — and guilt — about the benefits of the family dinner, but that’s not reality for many of us.

Summer break is hardly a vacation for parents — but here’s how it can be

Summer break is hardly a vacation for parents — but here’s how it can be

Experts share tips for managing the calendar chaos when it’s the logistics that are making you sweat.

How to cope with caring for baby boomer parents while raising small children

How to cope with caring for baby boomer parents while raising small children

When you’re taking care of two generations, you can’t forget to take care of yourself, too.