Why I love Michiana: Alison Hayes

Niles native Allison Hayes says her broadcast journalism success is rooted in her hometown

Living in Niles, Michigan, Allison Hayes was raised on Big Ten sports.

Allison_Hayes-TEMP_Pic_rgbHer love of sports in general led her to pursue a career in journalism and broadcasting.

After graduating from the University of Florida, Hayes was able to come back “home” to Michiana and became a reporter and the weekend anchor at FOX 28.

Hayes became a popular figure throughout southwest Michigan and northern Indiana.

She won an Indiana Associated Press Award for Best Sports Photography and was part of the FOX 28 team that won an Associated Press Award for its continuing coverage of the hiring of Charlie Weis at Notre Dame.

In the fall of 2013, she fulfilled a life-long dream by joining the Big Ten Network. She can be seen on BTN’s pre-game and post-game shows during football season.

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Scott Novak is the sports editor and a community editor at Leader Publications, and contributes to Michiana Life magazine.