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Jo Ann Allen

By Will Stone, Public Information intern

Jo Ann Allen may be WHYY's Morning Edition anchor, but she might as well be operating in her own time zone, where morning kicks off at 2:30 a.m.

Since her arrival in early 2010, Jo Ann has applied her years of radio newscasting knowledge to the mainstays of WHYY programming, reporting on Delaware Valley news between 6 and 10 a.m. weekdays and during Radio Times news breaks. Needless to say, Jo Ann's morning is a nonstop on-air relay from one deadline to the next. But she prefers it that way.

"What's great is that it is an intense few hours, and by the time I look up, the day has flown by," said Jo Ann, whose similar work at WNYC and, most recently, at KPBS Radio in San Diego has left her unfazed by such challenges.

"At this point, I have a system down for how I go about preparing and reporting the news," Jo Ann said. "I know if I follow the system, I'll never get caught short. And if I do encounter any major problems, I don't have time to get thrown off anyway."

When she wraps up her workday about noon, Jo Ann pursues her interests in movie and television scriptwriting and theater, having last directed and written for several small productions while living in San Diego.

Moving to Philadelphia has been the biggest perk for Jo Ann. An East Coast person at heart, she has become fond of her new home and, in particular, the maze of historic alleyways and streets surrounding her Old City residence.

"It's a big city with a small-town feel," said Jo Ann, who appreciates the liberation of a walkable urban area where she can grab sushi for dinner without having to drive on California interstate highways.