Julia Allison (born Julia Baugher,[1] February 28, 1981) is an American journalist, television commentator, and co-creator of lifecasting portal A Georgetown University alumna, Allison is originally from Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago.

On graduating from college, she moved to New York and began working as a columnist for amNewYork, after which she became editor-at-large for Star magazine. In 2007, she went on to join Time Out New York as a columnist, a position held until Summer 2009. Her freelance writing has featured in numerous magazines including Cosmopolitan and Men's Health.

She has appeared as a guest commentator on television networks such as MSNBC, Fox News, plus Headline News, CNN, and MTV, and co-hosts New York Nonstop lifestyle show TMI Weekly.

As of 2009, her work includes speaking engagements on new media and marketing, as well as assisting various companies as brand spokesperson.

Collegiate lifeEdit

Allison attended Georgetown University, majoring in political science. While in college, she penned the dating column “Sex on the Hilltop” for the campus newspaper, The Hoya.[1] During her studies she worked as a legislative correspondent for Illinois Republican congressman Mark Kirk in the 107th Congress, later, during the 2004 election, contributing political commentary for Comcast TV.[2] In 2004, Allison graduated from Georgetown University with a Political Science degree.[3]

Political controversyEdit

Allison has been romantically linked with former Democrat U.S. Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. from Tennessee in 2002. Her relationship was used as an attack ad by the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Ford's unsuccessful run for United States Senate in 2006.[4] In response, she commented on the experience,[5][6] and wrote about the relationship in a July 2006 Cosmopolitan article.[7] Consequently, some of her comments were read aloud by Rush Limbaugh on his nationwide conservative talk radio show.[8] In 2004, Allison graduated from Georgetown University.

Writing and media appearancesEdit

Julia Allison Shankbone 2009 Metropolitan Opera

Allison at opening night of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera.

In addition to her two-year employment (2007–2009) as a Time Out New York columnist, she had a monthly column in COED magazine and has written for a variety of publications, including Cosmopolitan, Maxim, New York, Teen Vogue, Men's Health, Seventeen, and Capitol File. She also did party coverage for the Huffington Post.[2][9][10]

Allison's public speaking focuses on new media and marketing; engagements include DLD (Digital, Lifestyle, Design) conference in Munich, at MIT and, in fall 2009 at Wharton business school on women entrepreneurs.[3][11][12][13] Additionally, she works with various brands, including Sony through to early 2010, as a spokesperson.[14]

As a television pundit, Allison has made occasional appearances on Fox Business's Happy Hour and Fox News' Red Eye show, plus regular appearances as a commentator on Fox News segments, CNN's Reliable Sources, and Headline News' Showbiz Tonight and Glenn Beck news-commentary show.[15][16] Other appearances include E!, MSNBC's Scarborough Country; Montel Williams, NY Residential, and MTV's It's On with Alexa Chung.[17][18][19][20] Locally, media appearances include New York City's Fox 5, and Sirius radio. She co-hosts NBC New York Nonstop's TMI Weekly, joint owned by Next New Networks.[10][21][22] Allison was also pictured by renowned photographer Platon on Wired magazine's cover in August, 2008.[23]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Rodrick, Stephen (4 April 2008). "Becoming Julia Allison". Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Meet our new dating scribe". Time Out New York (606). May 10–16, 2007. Retrieved June 17, 2008. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Speakers '09: Julia Allison". DLD – Digital, Life, Design Conference. January 15, 2009. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  4. "Doin' the nasty: NRSC slams Ford for dating". The Hotline,. National Journal. 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  5. Allison, Julia (2006-10-20). "GOP's new priorities: making sure congressmen call back, open doors". Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  6. Allison, Julia (2006-10-26). "The GOP's new priorities, part 2: ugly blonde women against Ford". Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  7. Allison, Julia (July 2006). "What it's like to date a hotshot". Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  8. F., B.; A.S. (2006-10-30). "Limbaugh claimed "there's a basis" for RNC ad critics have deemed racist: "Harold Ford has dated a white woman"". Media Matters for America. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  9. Allison, Julia (April 23, 2007). "WHCD 2007: Stars, slippers & Sanjaya". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Freidson, Michael (Jun 25–Jul 1, 2009). "The Hot Seat – Interview". Time Out New York (717). ISSN 1084-550X. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  11. Carr, Paul (January 28, 2009). "If you can't say anything nice ...". Guardian Unlimited (Guardian Newspapers). (via LexisNexis). 
  12. "Speaker Series | MIT Innovation Club". MIT Sloan School of Management. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  13. "11th Annual Wharton Women in Business Conference | Panelists". Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  14. Staff writer (August 21, 2009). "Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning offer TV advice in Sony push". Brand Republic (Haymarket Publishing): 1. (via LexisNexis). Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  15. "Glenn Beck". Glenn Beck. Headline News. January 3, 2008.
  16. Reliable Sources. Howard Kurtz. Guests: Emily Rooney, Gail Shister, David Frum, David Zurawik, Gloria Borger, Keli Goff, Julia Allison, et al. CNN. April 13, 2008. [041301CN.V50 Transcript].
  17. Scarborough Country. Joe Scarborough, Pat Buchanan, Pete Williams. Guests: Joe Klein, Melinda Henneberger, John Nichols, Julia Allison, et al. MSNBC. February 26, 2007.
  18. "Shocking Allegations Making News". Anchors: Montel Williams. The Montel Williams Show. September 14, 2007.
  19. Abelson, Max (June 16, 2008). "Julia Allison On New Real Estate Show". New York Observer. Retrieved 22 August, 2009. 
  20. It's On with Alexa Chung. MTV. July 23, 2009.
  21. "People On The Move". Advertising Age. April 13, 2009. (via LexisNexis). 
  22. "Next New Networks Programming Scores Big in 2009 Webby's". Marketwire. Source: Next New Networks. May 7, 2009. (via LexisNexis). 
  23. "Extras; Contributors". Wired (Condé Nast Publications) 16 (8): 16. August 2008. ISSN 1059-1028. 

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