John Allman investigative journalist is now, John Allman....Private Eye.
In 2009 John Allman ('92) left his job as a journalist with The Tampa Tribune. This is no small concession when you consider that some of his work there had been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He finds, however, that the work is similar. Says John: “...I discovered that being an investigator is basically like being a reporter, only my readership is now about 15 people tops compared to 250,000.”
His first foray into investigation was as the lead investigator for a high-profile criminal defense attorney in Tampa. After a year, he joined a very prestigious class action law firm in Tampa, and he is now one of 3 investigators who “develop cases, interview witnesses and do all kinds of cool stuff that I never imagined possible.” Interestingly, all three investigators are former investigative journalists.
John sounds like a bit of an idealist when he talks about his work. “We basically take the side of people who can't afford to fight big bad corporations, powerful political machines and the like and try to effect change for the little guys who otherwise wouldn't have a voice. It's very rewarding, much like writing a long investigative expose on some corrupt practice and seeing that practice get changed or be abolished as a result.”
He also got his state Private Investigator’s license and has a sideline as an occasional weekend criminal investigator. “It's kind of fun when you essentially have to immerse yourself in a criminal case, review all the police and state discovery against a client and then figure out what they missed that might show who really committed the crime. Of course, I usually end up finding more dirt that would bury the client as opposed to exonerate them, but I think that just goes with the territory!”
He hasn’t stopped writing. He has a DVD blog that the Tampa Tribune has allowed him to continue writing, and the subject matter has nothing to do with the right or wrong side of the law. The blog’s title explains it best: Blood, Violence, and Babes: A B-Movie Lover’s Holy Grail. “I've actually turned it into my own personal fan-boy experience. I talk regularly to all the major movie studios and get to interview some of the coolest directors, actors and writers working in film genres that I love, like horror, sci-fi and such. For instance, my two greatest scores to date are getting to talk to George Romero, the grandfather of zombie films, and Bruce Campbell, one of the most iconic B-movie actors working today.”
Check out John’s DVD blog here.
And if you need to find John on the weekends, we recommend you do something illegal in Tampa and wait for him to find you.