Allyson Vergara covers local news and enterprise stories in the Inland Empire for the Southern California News Group. She has covered Asian and Latino American issues and culture, the Filipino community in Los Angeles, and religion in Brooklyn and Queens, NY. She has also written for local and national outlets including NBC News, the LA Times, Angelus News, KCETLink, The Daily Pilot, America Magazine, National Catholic Reporter, The Tablet and Asian Journal. She earned a master’s degree from CUNY Newmark School of Journalism in New York City, after attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles for undergrad. She loves hiking and a good game of Scrabble.