DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s a bittersweet day for those in the news business. After nearly three decades on TV -a familiar face in the newsroom is retiring.

Fox 2’s Al Allen spent his career on the run throughout metro Detroit  delivering live shots every morning.

WWJ had a chance to ask the veteran reporter about his news philosophy as he is retiring.

“You don’t editorialize, you let the viewer or the listener decide what their feelings are about what you are saying,” said Allen. “The outpouring has been tremendous – it really has.”

He got his start… as a home-grown high school product of Detroit.

“I started at Mumford High School when I was 16 … we did the first closed circuit system inside the school and that’s where I got the bug -then at Mumford High School,” said Allen. “This is always something I wanted to do.”

“I like the people, I like the co-workers and I tell reporters; we were raised on a set standard of how to report. Grammatically, you had to be correct, you told the truth each time, it may not be sensational but at least you told the story,” he said.

The veteran reporter says he now plans to spend time with his grand-kids — but does say he has a few job offers.


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