Brandy Hilboldt Allport
Brandy Hilboldt Allport works as a staff writer for the Center of Research and Economic Opportunity at the University of West Florida.
She spent most of the past two decades as a reporter, editor and children’s book columnist at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. She won numerous awards, including two national ones from the Newspaper Association of America. Brandy chatted weekly during “First Coast Connect,” a morning news segment broadcast on NPR affiliate WJCT 89.9 FM. Topics included literature for children and young adults and author interviews.
Brandy was also known as “Mrs. Allport.” She taught creative writing, speech and journalism in Jacksonville high schools. Her pre-school students called her Mrs. Brandy.
Brandy worked for newspapers in Missouri and Virginia, and magazines such as Water’s Edge, Dreamweaver and Found have published her features.
When she is not reading, Brandy enjoys searching thrift stores for trash-to-treasure material. She also collects vintage children’s toys and books.
Brandy recently moved to Santa Rosa County with her husband, Richard. They care for a 5-year-old Chinese crested-poodle. Her name is Lily May, and she yodels.