A news-junkie with a passion for style and entertainment, Allison McGevna has been working in digital media for more than a decade with a specialty in fashion, film and television. She has worked across multiple platforms and has experience in several roles, including a writer, producer, host, and style architect for major brands and personalities.
Currently the deputy editor-in-chief for Essence Magazine, Allison built her media career at some of the industry’s top digital and broadcast outlets. She was previously the Vice President of the Women's Lifestyle Division at iOne Digital, overseeing content for HelloBeautiful.com and MadameNoire.com. She has also contributed to Glamour Magazine, Mother.ly, People StyleWatch magazine, where she was a featured columnist, as well as FoxNews.com, where she helped to build the independent entertainment and style site, FOX411.com. As an editorial lead, she has built a reputation for cultivating talent and editing some of the industry's most prolific writers.
A nationally recognized fashion, celebrity and pop culture expert, her work has provided her opportunities to interview numerous cultural icons, ranging from Tom Cruise to Maxine Waters, Denzel Washington to Marilyn Mosby, Jerry Lewis to April Ryan and more. A staple on red carpets, Allison has also co-hosted the NAACP Image Awards pre-show with Terrence J and Roland Martin.
In addition to her path as a thriving writer and editor, she has used her experience and keen eye for fashion bring stylish inspiration to women around the world. As a digital strategist and consultant, she has helped retail and media brands access consumers through their social media and has built a fashion community in the hundreds of thousands across multiple platforms. She has also appeared in national television spots for retailers like Burlington, where she styled and wrote the script for the brand's commercials.
Allison's passion for digital media and fashion is rivaled only by her love for and deep investment in social justice.
She is an alumna of Rutgers University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors. She earned her Master’s Degree in American History from Northwestern University, where her thesis Stool Pigeon or Savvy Leader: The Relationship Between Roy Wilkins and the F.B.I. in the 1960’s, won acclaim for outstanding content.
Allison’s published work can be seen in the textbook, The Black Experience In America from Kendall Hunt publishing, where an excerpt of her profile of civil rights activist Ruby Hurley entitled The Unsung Heroism Of Ruby Hurley appears.
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