Julia Allison: Host of TMI Weekly
Julia Allison is a weekly columnist in Time Out New York and co-founder of nonsociety.com. She is, personally and professionally, a handful.
After graduating from Georgetown in 2004 with a spectacularly unprofitable degree in political science, Julia moved to New York with the highly original idea of "becoming a writer." She was rejected from a job at Bath & Body Works. Seriously. Shortly thereafter, she convinced an editor at the Manhattan newspaper AM New York to begin running her weekly columns, which she wrote until Spring 2007. Along the way, Julia has been published in Cosmopolitan, Maxim, New York magazine, The Huffington Post, Page Six magazine, Marie Claire UK, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Capitol File, and Men's Health and had a monthly column in COED magazine for two years, which appeared on Yahoo.com's homepage weekly during 2007.
From June 2007 - June 2008, she was Editor-at-Large of Star magazine, although when she was hired, the NY Post reassured worried tabloid readers that she "won't be editing or writing, [instead] appearing as a talking expert whenever TV comes calling for someone to go on air to comment." They totally neglected to mention her pivotal role critiquing celebs' questionable wardrobe choices in five words or less in Star's "Worst of the Week."
For the past three years, Julia has been a professional talking head, making over 350 on-air appearances in the past year alone, including CNN, MSNBC, Vh1, Fox, E!, CBS, NBC, CW, FoxNews, FoxBusiness, Fuse, G4 and others. She's done commentary for Access Hollywood, Showbiz Tonight, Chelsea Lately, Hannity & Colmes, Glenn Beck, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Montel Williams, Fox&Friends, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN's Reliable Sources, CNN HNN's Not Just Another Cable News Show, G4’s Attack of the Show, CourtTV’s Hollywood Heat, CBS’s Early Show, Fox 5 New York’s nightly news, Fox Business' Happy Hour and America’s Scoreboard, and did the weekly Relationship 101 segment on Fox’s Morning Show with Mike & Juliet for much of 2007.
Julia has a Facebook account, a Myspace page, a Flickr, a Twitter, a Friendfeed, four Tumblrs, three Movable Type blogs, two Vimeos, one YouTube and a photogenic white shih-tzu named Marshmallow.
The New York Observer called Julia a "cross between Paris Hilton and Ayn Rand." Salon called her a "goody-two-shoes." Michael Wilbon of the ESPN’s top rated Pardon the Interruption called her “an American original." The New York Times wrote that she is "among the best-known sex columnists of her generation" (although she doesn't write about sex, but whatever!) and New York Magazine named her “the most famous young journalist in the city” in October of 2007. (She’s fairly sure they meant “infamous,” but she sees no need for a correction.) In April, Radar magazine named her the #3 Most Hated Person on the Internet. She's getting a plaque made.
Julia has been featured on the cover of Time Out New York, in The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Page Six magazine, NY Daily News, NY Post, NY Magazine, NY Observer, the Baltimore Sun, WSJ Online, ABCNews.com, and Forbes.com. Internationally, she's been featured in The Guardian UK, Marie Clarie UK, the Financial Times Deutschland, Tagesspiegel and Die Welt in Germany, Elle Japan, Australia's Sunday Telegraph, MTV Italy and Brazil's Multishow. She's also been a guest on NPR, XM's Opie & Anthony. FoxNews’ The Alan Colmes Show, on Sirius shows like Candace Bushnell's Sex, Success & Sensibility and Maxim Radio's Covino & Rich Show. In addition, she’s guest hosted CBS radio’s nightly radio talk show. Her dog has been in Glamour magazine.
Julia got her start as a columnist at Georgetown University, writing the college's first ever dating column for two years in the university's student newspaper. Her senior year, she signed a development deal with former David Letterman producer Robert Morton and Spelling Television to create a TV show based upon her columns. In the midst of college, Julia worked on a high profile congressional campaign, later becoming the youngest legislative correspondent in the DC office of a prominent Illinois Congressman during the 107th Congress. She also provided occasional political commentary for Comcast TV during the 2004 election.
Her father is still waiting for her to get a “real job” with health insurance.