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Alison St John

North County Bureau Chief

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Alison St John fell in love with KPBS Radio when she arrived in San Diego in 1985 and first heard NPR.

She has been a voice on KPBS Radio since 1989, and has served as anchor, producer, TV feature reporter, radio news reporter and is now KPBS' North County Bureau Chief. She occasionally hosts KPBS Midday Edition, the KPBS Roundtable, and KPBS Morning Edition.

Alison covered the metro beat during the critical period of the San Diego City pension crisis and had the education beat while Alan Bersin was the controversial Superintendent of San Diego City School District. She covered health when the industry was converting to managed care and welfare the late 1990s when Clinton was “ending welfare as we know it.”

She has covered land use issues extensively, looking at the challenges of meeting a growing population while preserving community character, and developing a better transportation system to meet environmental concerns. She has done many stories on the military in San Diego, and the series she edited on the challenges veterans face returning from active duty to civilian life won “Best of Show” from the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists.

Alison has won numerous awards from the San Diego Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press TV and Radio Association, and the California Golden Mike Awards.

Alison was born in Tanzania, brought up in Scotland, and earned her degree in psychology and sociology from Durham University in England. She worked in England, Nigeria, Switzerland, Belgium, India, and Japan before moving to the United States in 1981. She now lives in Oceanside and enjoys how her community is growing and changing.

Recent Stories

NRC Hedges Its Bets On Decommissioning Plan For San Onofre

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The decommissioning plan for San Onofre raised plenty of questions from the public at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting Monday night in Carlsbad.

NRC Meets On Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Plant

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The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting Monday night in Carlsbad to review the plan to decommission the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

San Diego Consumer Group Calls On PUC To Halt San Onofre Talks

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A San Diego consumer advocate group wants negotiations stopped over who should pay for the problems at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Encinitas Council Approves $10 Million Bond To Buy Pacific View

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The Encinitas City Council has approved a $10 million bond to purchase the historic Pacific View site from the school district. The high price tag has become a divisive issue in the city’s first mayoral election.

Several North County Mayors Facing Challengers In November

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Seven of North County’s nine cities now have elected mayors. But what difference does an elected mayor make?

New Investors Resurrect Gregory Canyon Landfill Plans In North County

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A new investor has stepped in to resurrect plans for a major new landfill in Gregory Canyon after the company that wants to build it narrowly avoided bankruptcy.

Tri-City Nurses Say Emergency Department Alarmingly Understaffed

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Nurses at Tri-City Medical Center in North County say staffing conditions at the hospital’s emergency room are alarming.

Pop-Up Plaza In Carlsbad Village Is Part Of Revisioning Plan

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The City of Carlsbad is experimenting this week with a pop up plaza, part of a new plan to make the downtown more pedestrian friendly.

Dying Golf Course Held Hostage By Competing Initiatives

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A battle over a bankrupt golf course in Escondido is heating up.

North County's Economy Gets Refreshing Boost From Craft Brewing

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Craft brewing has created quite the economic buzz in North County and Vista played host Wednesday to the spirited first Craft Brew Symposium.

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