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From small town to big TV

July 4, 2014
Courtney Rieder - Tribune Intern , Pierce County Tribune

Lori Allred, who graduated from Balta High School in 1981, is now an independent writer, director and producer of a variety of TV shows. She won a 2013 national Daytime Emmy for co-writing the Food Network special "Guy Fieri's Family Reunion". Some of Allred's current projects involve producing a Flash Mob (that takes place on July 5 during the Cherry Creek Art Festival in Denver with the Denver Brass Band), and writing for "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" on the Food Network.

Allred said she got into the business in an unusual way. She originally went to Mary College (now the University of Mary) for physical education, but was required to take biology.

"The biology class I had to take involved dissecting a cat, and I did not want to do that," she said. "I asked what major I could get without biology, and then changed my major to mass communications."

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Allred has worked on some difficult projects, notably "Building Alaska" on DIY Network. The crew was dropped off in very remote locations for about a week at a time, with no internet or cell phone service while staying in tents. It rained almost every day. She has worked on a variety of projects, including shows on HGTV and the Food Network.

"I don't really have a favorite project," Allred said. "I have really enjoyed them all. I did get to go to Argentina for a shoot, and that was great because I had never done this outside of the country."

Allred credits her small town roots to her success.

"Coming from a small town has helped me be able to talk to people," she said. "I can talk to almost anyone about anything. I didn't realize it at the time, but it has really helped me communicate better with people."

 
 

 

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