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The Short

Julia Allison is a journalist who is not (yet) dead.

The Medium

Julia Allison is a journalist, entrepreneur, public speaker, social media addict and ostensible “relationship expert.” In other words, she owns more self-help books than you.

Formerly a nationally syndicated technology & social media columnist, she is currently a contributor at ELLE.com. Allison has published several hundred dating columns for AM New York, Time Out New York and Cosmopolitan and has written for Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Men’s Health, Seventeen, Teen Vogue and The New York Post, among others. She has also made hundreds of appearances as a commentator, expert and host on NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, VH1 & MTV.

Allison co-founded and ran a tech/media business for three years, regularly serves as an advisor to Silicon Valley start-ups and has spoken at MIT, Wharton, Harvard & at conferences around the world on new media, personal branding, marketing & entrepreneurship.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, she graduated with an spectacularly unprofitable government degree from Georgetown University, lived in New York for six years, then headed back to Chicago for a year of eating deep dish pizza before she moved to LA, where she is probably right now as you read stuck in traffic.

Her father is still waiting for her to get a “real job” with health insurance.

The Much Too Long

New York Magazine named her “the most famous young journalist in the city,” The New York Times wrote that she is “among the best-known columnists of her generation,” Newsweek dubbed her “The Marketing Machine,” and her WIRED cover on personal branding outsold every other issue in the last decade, save three. In June of 2012, The New York Observer declared: “Julia Allison is not dead.” Several of her exes were disappointed.

Julia Allison is a journalist, tv personality, entrepreneur, public speaker, and unabashed social media junkie – even her stationery reads “@JuliaAllison.”  She co-stars on BRAVO’s newest documentary series, Miss Advised (premiering June 18th), and introduces her new ELLE.com column, Guinea Pig of Love, this summer.

WRITING

Allison was hired as a contributor to ELLE.com in November of 2011, after ending a successful run as an internationally syndicated columnist for the Tribune Media Services.  Allison’s weekly column, “Social Studies,” examined the impact of technology and social media on culture.

She’s also written for Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, New York magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian UK, The New York Post, The Huffington Post, Maxim, Teen Vogue, Page Six magazine, Nerve, The Korea Herald and numerous other newspapers and magazines around the world. She has covered everything from New York Fashion Week to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to the Consumer Electronics Show to Opening Night at the Metropolitan Opera to Comic Con.

Allison got her start as a columnist at Georgetown University, writing the first ever dating column in the student newspaper from 2002-2004.  She brought her popular (and sometimes controversial) column to newspaper AM New York from 2005-2007 & next in the magazine Time Out New York from 2007-2009.

TV

An on-camera media expert, Allison has made over a thousand appearances on every major network, including NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, E!, VH1, and MTV.  Since 2009, she’s been an on-air correspondent for NBC’s New York NonStop, covering eleven seasons of designers, celebrities, and behind-the-scenes at New York Fashion Week.  From 2007 – 2008, Allison was Editor-at-Large for STAR magazine, hired to be the tv “face” for their brand.

Along the way, Allison has provided commentary for dozens of shows, including The Today Show, CBS’ Early Show, Chelsea Lately, CNN’s Reliable Sources, Access Hollywood, Showbiz Tonight, Fox & Friends, Glenn Beck, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Hannity & Colmes, G4’s Attack of the Show, MTV’s It’s On with Alexa Chung and the weekly Relationship 101 segment on Fox’s Morning Show with Mike & Juliet.

Allison conceptualized, executive produced and co-hosted over 100 episodes of the short-form chat show, TMI Weekly, dubbed “The View of the Facebook generation,” (she may or may not have dubbed it that herself) from Next New Networks during 2008-2009.  The show aired daily on NBC’s NY NonStop cable channel as well as iTunes & Hulu – making over a quarter million dollars in ad revenue, setting records for web video at the time.  The only problem? No one really watched it.  Oh well.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP, THE WEB & PUBLIC SPEAKING

A leading force in new media & web 2.0, Allison is the co-founder of NonSociety.com, a lifecasting platform that was selected as a 2009 Official Webby Honoree.  She’s been hired by companies like Unilever, Microsoft, A&E and The Learning Annex and universities including MIT’s Sloan School of Business, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Harvard Business School to speak on new media, personal branding, marketing & entrepreneurship.  A regular panelist at tech & media conferences around the world, she relishes the copious use of nametags.

Brands have hired Allison as a celebrity spokesperson, talent endorser and expert for a variety of campaigns.  In 2010, she starred in the Microsoft BING ad series highlighting well-known New York personalities like Andre Leon Talley, Zach Posen, Kelly Cutrone, and Sherri Shepard. In 2009, SONY hired her as a spokesperson alongside Peyton Manning & Justin Timberlake, starring in a national tv, print, radio & digital campaign or its Vaio laptop. Most recently, she has partnered with brands like Intel, Kodak, Cisco, Tresemme, Armani Exchange, Axe, Caress, Degree, Seaworld, T-Mobile, Volvo and Pepsi’s Propel.

Allison’s passion is mentoring aspiring female journalists & entrepreneurs with unconventional career advice.  She has mentored over fifty young women one-on-one.  She has also worked with the organizations Oxfam, Women for Women International, and Susan G. Komen.

A social media addict, she has two laptops, a desktop, an iPad & an iPhone along with two Facebook profiles, four Twitter handles, a Myspace page, a LinkedIn account, a Flickr feed, four Tumblrs, three Movable Type blogs, one WordPress, two Vimeos, one Quora account, two YouTube channels and a photogenic white shih-tzu named Lilly who – yep – tweets (@Lillydog). Combined, her accounts number over 150,000 fans, followers or subscribers.

EARLY YEARS

Raised on the mean suburban streets of Chicago’s North Shore, Allison attended New Trier High School, where she honed her “power dork” skills on the debate team, school newspaper and yes, the Latin club.

In the midst of college, Allison worked on a high profile congressional campaign, later becoming the youngest legislative correspondent on Capitol Hill during the 107th Congress. After graduating Georgetown with a degree in political science in 2004, she provided occasional on-air election commentary during the 2004 race and was simultaneously rejected for a job at Bath & Body Works.

In the five years since, her proudest moment was Oscar-winner Diablo Cody tweeting that she admired Allison’s “balls.”