Host, IN FOCUS with Allison Walker Torres; Entertainment Reporter/Anchor
Allison Walker Torres is a three-time Emmy-award winning entertainment reporter/anchor. With the partnership of her photographers and editors, they produce enterprising, must-see content unmatched in the Central Florida market. She is also the host of IN FOCUS with Allison Walker Torres, a 30-minute public affairs talk show on Spectrum News 13 and Spectrum Bay News 9. Every Sunday at 11:30 a.m., Allison moderates a roundtable of newsmakers and expert analysts as they tackle topical issues of importance to Floridians.
Allison came to News 13 in 2007. As Spectrum News 13’s entertainment specialist as well, Allison interviews some of the biggest celebrities in music, TV and movies. Some of her most notable interviewees were John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas, Goldie Hawn, and Woody Harrelson, among countless others.
She covers everything from the business of entertainment to the entertainers themselves and reports on news and events connected to the entertainment industry. She produces and reports "Attractions Insider" segments, making sure viewers are the first to know about breaking events at Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando. Her backstage access allows for content not lifted from news releases.
Viewers can also watch Allison on Tuesdays and Fridays on News 13 during her entertainment feature, "On the Town." Then, on Saturdays and Sundays, catch two different "On the Town Calendars" to hear about some of the weekend's must-see events. On Wednesdays, join Allison on “Chef’s Kitchen” to learn how to make some of the sexiest dishes from the best chefs in town.
Allison's broadcasting career gave her the opportunity to connect the dots across America. Allison graduated with High Honors from Georgia Tech in Atlanta with a bachelor's degree in science, technology and culture. Her professional career began in the Southeast at CNN in Atlanta, first as a reporter for CNN Student News and then as an associate producer on the military desk when the Iraq War broke out.
She then moved out West to KLBC in Laughlin, Nevada, where she not only co-anchored the 5 p.m. news but was also the leading political reporter, drilling both the Nevada and Arizona legislators. Allison then moved to Elmira, New York, to anchor and produce the weekend 6 and 11 p.m. broadcasts at WETM 18 News. Soon, she was promoted to anchor and producer of WETM 18 News at Noon. Allison also embraced her position as the station's only health reporter and contributed general assignment reports daily.
Allison grew up on New Hampshire's sea coast with her parents and big brother (and "lobsta" to die for!). She lives in Orlando with her husband, Ted, and two cats, Sofie and Presley. And yes — she is an Elvis fanatic.