Dazha Austin | Staff Writer
Hampton University has very notable alumni. From Booker T. Washington to Wanda Sykes, many influential people have attended Hampton. Among those notable graduates is Allison Seymour, a 1988 graduate and member of Ogre Phi Ogre 6. She is a well known news anchor on FOX5 D.C.
During her time at Hampton, Seymour studied mass media. Ever since she was little, she knew that she wanted to be a television news reporter.
When she decided to go to Hampton there was only one area that she was interested in, mass media. “I started in television working behind the scenes at ABC News after graduating from Hampton University.
Coincidentally, one of my proudest moments thus far is being inducted into the Scripps Howard School of Journalism Hall of Fame from my alma mater,” stated Seymour.
She recalls her experience as amazing and says that Hampton has shaped the person she is today.
“I owe so much to Hampton. No doubt about it – I am the person I am today due in large part to my wonderful four years at our ‘Home by the Sea’,” said Seymour.
“My home is Washington, D.C., but there were some formative years that my family moved around. By the time I got to HU, I had actually been to many schools in several states and even lived overseas. For me, Hampton was a time of stability. The friends I met at school are the good friends I still have today – 27 years after I graduated,” stated Mrs. Seymour.
Her career as a journalist has been a long one. Less than two years after graduating from Hampton, she entered the Masters of Mass Communication Program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
She landed her first job in front of the camera in New York as she covered the “Blizzard of 1993.” She then moved on to Trucker TV as a Production Assistant and a writer to get her first on-air position.
Shortly after, she became the first woman to serve as a main anchor at WBNG-TV in Albany, New York. In the summer of 1999, Seymour finally got the call she was waiting on for WTTG or Washington D.C.’s news station.
She was hired as a general assignment reporter for the evening news and has served in various other positions. She has been fortunate enough to become one of the main anchors. Through her hard work and perseverance, she became a beloved news anchor in the Washington metropolitan area.
Seymour thanks her fans and greatly appreciates them. She also appreciates her fellow young journalists and would like to tell them, “Don’t quit! It sounds corny but I did it, you can do it. Be flexible in accepting job opportunities wherever the gig may take you and shine like your professors told you to. You are a Pirate! Don’t worry about your salary to start and learn every aspect of the business. Know your stories and go for the angle that the other reporters didn’t think of. Shine, shine, and shine some more.”
Allison Seymour and her husband, media personality Marc Clarke, have three daughters, Sydney, Skylar and Spencer. She can be seen on weekdays on FOX5 News Morning.