Wiki sums him up thusly:
John L. Allen, Jr. (born 1965) is an American journalist based in Rome who specializes in news about the Catholic Church. He is senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and vaticanologist of CNN and NPR. Allen is also the author of several books about the Catholic Church. He has written two biographies of Pope Benedict XVI, the first one published in 2000 when the Pope was still a cardinal and the first biography of him in English.
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Bishop Commensoli gave thanks at the close of the evening, with a rather nice tribute. He referred to what the Catechism has to say about journalists, their role, and their responsibilities.
2497 By the very nature of their profession, journalists have an obligation to serve the truth and not offend against charity in disseminating information. They should strive to respect, with equal care, the nature of the facts and the limits of critical judgment concerning individuals. They should not stoop to defamation.He went on to say that Mr Allen is a stirling example of this kind of journalism lived out, and someone that aspiring journalists, bloggers, and media people should look to as a role model. Resounding concurrence on that score from me!