Alison Young serves on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a national journalism education organization. She was board president from 2009-2011.
She is a member of USA TODAY's investigative team. From October 2008 through October 2009, Young wrote a weekly watchdog column called Spotlight in each Sunday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Before that she covered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the AJC.
From 2003-2006 she was a member of the Washington-based national investigative team for the Knight Ridder chain of newspapers, which included the Miami Herald, Kansas City Star and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She spent 10 years as a reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press, and also has reported for The Arizona Republic and the Dallas Times Herald.
Young's reporting has won numerous awards, including two Scripps Howard awards, two National Headliners, two Gerald Loeb Awards, as well as honors from Sigma Delta Chi and the National Press Club.