Alison Bowen is the senior features writer at Metro U.S. and editor of the Books, Parenting and Personal Finance sections. Previously, she covered news as a general assignment reporter on the city desk. A Midwest native who lives in Brooklyn, her work has also appeared in The New York Times and the New York Daily News. Alison has a dual master's degree in Journalism and Latin American Studies from New York University, where her thesis covered post-9/11 counterterrorism policies and their effect on NYC immigrants. Fun fact: Alison enjoys eavesdropping on Spanish conversations and anything involving Latin America.