Announcement from Deputy Outlook Editor Mike Madden, Deputy Local Editor Monica Norton and Senior Editor Sydney Trent: 

We are excited to welcome Allison Klein back into the newsroom as the writer and anchor of Metro’s Inspired Life. Allison brings just the right combination of qualities — plenty of news experience, creativity, a deft writing touch and a wide-ranging curiosity, as well as an intuitive understanding of the kind of stories that draw readers to Inspired Life.  Those who have worked with her at The Post will tell you that she’s also a joy to be around.

Allison graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in Spanish. Her first job out of school was as a staff writer for Diario Hoy in Asuncion, Paraguay, where she created a column that translated news stories from Spanish to English. She then worked at the Miami Herald, where she covered Miami and Miami Beach, and the Baltimore Sun where she chronicled city life and crime. She joined The Post in 2004 covering criminal justice beats in the Washington region, including D.C. crime and the city’s police department, roaming from breaking news to investigative pieces to deep enterprise, including a masterful magazine profile of former D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Amid all that, she showed a knack for the kind of story that readers of Inspired Life enjoy, such as her tale of the quick-thinking woman who foiled a home invasion by inviting the armed thief to join the family’s backyard BBQ.  She always knows how and where to find great stories and has a keen sense of how best to tell them.

Allison left the Post in 2013 to have more time with her two young girls, Olive and Lilah, but freelanced for The Post’s feature sections and U.S. News & World Report, where she contributed consumer health stories. Allison is married to Eric Rich and they live with their girls in D.C.  Please join us in welcoming Allison back.