Allyson Bird covers criminal justice and breaking news. She joined The Post and Courier staff in 2008 as a business reporter, covering ports and tourism. Before that she covered crime at The Palm Beach Post. Allyson grew up on Folly Beach and graduated from the University of South Carolina while working part-time at The State in Columbia. Allyson left The Post and Courier in August of 2012 and is now employed at the Medical University of South Carolina.