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October 18, 2018

As a journalist and copywriter, I've drafted a lot of text. A LOT.

I've written about cleaning products, pets, higher education, dating apps, business systems, fashion, ride-sharing programs, soybeans, fan art, gender bias and more.

I've developed narratives around why c...

October 6, 2018

Cover story, Riverfront Times, May 10, 2017

Photos by Kelly Glueck

It feels appropriate that I'm posting this particular story tonight. Just hours ago, Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia confirmed that they would dismiss millions of s...

August 9, 2018

Print feature, Riverfront Times, November 15, 2017

Local editors know that I love exploring everything that St. Louis has to offer, so they frequently tap me to give readers the scoop on the city's best *everything* through lists and guides.

In 2017, I contributed heavil...

August 9, 2018

The Riverfront Times' music issue has been published in many forms, but the essence of the guide -- helping readers discover the amazing performers that have reignited the region's notoriety for music -- has remained steadfast year after year. 

The items below are...

July 23, 2018

Cover story, Riverfront Times, May 11, 2016

Photos by Allison Babka

In 2016, I was laid off for the first time in my life. It was just as confusing, demoralizing and frightening as I'd heard it would be from others.

I'd been an editor at Gateway Media, assigning and writi...

July 3, 2018

Cover story, Riverfront Times, June 15, 2017

Photos by Allison Babka

Oh, this was such a joy to write!

My editors know that I love talking to quirky people, so when someone called in a tip that a couple was preparing to move into their van, the Riverfront Times immediatel...

July 2, 2018

For me, the Riverfront Times' annual Summer Guide is the true kick-off for warmer weather and happier thoughts. Granted, we start working on the issue in March, so it's not like we're applying SPF 100 and tank tops just yet. But after months of darkness and parkas, we...

July 2, 2018

The Riverfront Times' "Best of St. Louis" issue has been published in many forms -- listicles, longform essays, questions. But the essence of the guide -- helping readers discover the amazing things that our region offers -- has remained steadfast year after year. It's...

June 28, 2018

Cover story, Riverfront Times, June 27, 2013

This was my first cover story for the RFT, and it was pretty much an accident. I had pitched the editor-in-chief and music editor on writing a lead music section feature about air guitar's St. Louis invasion. Halfway through...

June 28, 2018

Cover story for Universitas magazine, Saint Louis University, Fall 2009

World Class

For six international students, Saint Louis University is now home.

By Allison Babka

Cover photo by Jay Fram

Do you remember your first day at a new school? Perhaps you were nervous about we...

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