“To suppose that (newspapers) only serve to protect freedom would be to diminish their importance: they maintain civilization … if there were no newspapers there would be no common activity.” — Alexis de Tocqueville


Copyright Allison Debusk, 2015.

As a young reporter, I’ve worked in a daily, weekly, and long form, online setting. Most recently I worked as the political reporter at the Watertown Daily Times, covering Northern New York’s elected representatives in Washington and Albany.  I have written breaking news, campaign coverage, investigations, explanations, features and profiles at the Times and elsewhere.

I am particularly interested in the ability of journalism to connect people’s individual stories with broader policy issues and solutions. Mostly, though, I just like meeting interesting people and writing down what they say.

In the fall of 2019 I will begin a MPP at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. I graduated with a double BA in English and political science from Guilford College, in Greensboro, NC, where I was the 2016 student grantee with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


Reach out to me at abekenmore@gmail.com, or follow me on Twitter