Alison Cowan

Reporter, New York Times


Metro reporter at NYT. Began On the Records column to share documents that tell stories. Lover of big ideas and stories that matter. Try me at

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Condemned for taking students to Auschwitz, Palestinian prof cites line in Koran: "My Lord, increase me in knowledge"
While Brits argue vs. Scottish independence, Alex Salmond, economist and medieval scholar, appeals to voters' hearts
@nickbilton on padding one's social media cred with help of anthropomorphic bots: 4K "followers" will set you back $5
@deBlasioNYC defends campaign supporter as "good man" after photog irks him, making him want to "hit her in the face"
@NYPost buried lead in reporting "inhouse joke writer" at #Clinton @WhiteHouse berated #DonImus. Inhouse joke writer?
A self-described "aerial archeologist' shows how things sometimes look clearer from a distance
@NYPost catches #Obama trying out new way to disarm paparazzi and fans at #WoundedWarrior event
Team mascot #MrMet seeking pic w/ Prez Clinton told by Secret Service it would "go for the kill shot" if he got close
RT @billclinton: Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio...grandfather-to-be! @hillaryclinton and I are so happy for Chelsea and Marc!
Loving account of a self-reliant, lifelong sandhog's battle with #Parkinson's, told by his daughter
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