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After an award-winning career in New York and overseas, Allen Costantini joined KARE 11 in 1984. He has won national and regional awards, including seven Emmys, and was named "Best Local Reporter" by City Pages.

From 1999-2006, Allen was the Scholarships Chair of the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Upper Midwest Chapter. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from State University of New York in Buffalo, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1969-1971. Allen is also currently in charge of the KARE 11 News internship program.

When I was young, I wanted to be: A lawyer

Favorite story you ever worked on: There isn't just one. Installation of the Pope - 1978, Inauguration of the President -1993, Beyond Crack Street - 1989

Favorite food: Dark chocolate

Describe your perfect day: Work-out, Write an Extra, nice dinner and a movie.

Proudest moment: The day my son and his wife became doctors.

Favorite CD/Album: Old: "Mother Nature's Son" by Ramsey Lewis. Newer: "AstroLounge" by Smash Mouth, "The End" by Black Eyed Peas.

Favorite subject in school: History

Favorite sport to watch: Buffalo Bills football

Favorite book: Old: "Walden 2" New: Harry Potter series, Cleopatra.

Alma Mater: State University of New York at Buffalo

Family: Allen and his wife Peggy have one son, Todd, who is an honors graduate of Indiana University and the University of Minnesota Medical School. Daughter-in-law Carrie (formerly Johnson Waller)is an honors graduate of Bradley University and the University of Minnesota Medical School.

E-mail: acostantini@kare11.com

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