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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

San Diego Native Tackles Immigration In New Animated Series 'Bordertown'

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Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is on the team working on a new animated comedy sitcom tackling changing demographics and immigration. "Bordertown" debuts on Fox in fall 2015.

Terminal 1 Focus Of San Diego Airport Development Plan

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Rebuilding Terminal 1 is part of a long-term plan for the San Diego International Airport, which is designed to help the airport meet demand through 2035.

San Diego's Cuban-Americans Respond To Effort To Revive U.S.-Cuba Relations

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President Barack Obama's announcement on Wednesday sparked debate across the country. Now, local Cuban-Americans share their reactions.

What Motivates People To Give During The Holidays?

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Ending Homelessness Among San Diego Veterans Remains A Challenge

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The number of homeless veterans in the U.S. has been cut by 33 percent since 2009 but the country is far from reaching its goal of ending chronic homelessness completely.

Tips For Winter Gardening In California

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All of this rain reminded us that we are approaching the time of year when it is best to plant native species.

San Diego's Rep. Vargas On The Budget Bill, Homeland Security, Salton Sea

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Democratic Rep. Juan Vargas was the only member of San Diego County's congressional delegation to vote against the government spending bill, which the House approved last week and the Senate passed over the weekend.

Toni Atkins Begins First Full Term As California Assembly Speaker

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A conversation with Atkins for her take on what's cooking at the state capital.

Rep. Scott Peters Talks Plans For Upcoming Congressional Term

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Democratic Congressman Scott Peters narrowly won re-election in November, beating Republican Carl DeMaio in a close race that included a lot of negative campaigning from both sides.

Tips On Finding The Right Pets For Your Family

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Staff from Helen Woodward Animal Center will also share tips on keeping your pets safe around the holidays.

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