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Alison St John

North County Reporter

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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

Proposed Federal Budget, Tax Code Changes Could Affect Housing

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Proposed budget changes from President Trump's administration may hurt access to affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes, the disabled and seniors, but could help more middle-income working families.

Oceanside, Losing Ground On Affordable Housing, Touts New Units

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The city of Oceanside will open a new affordable housing project later this year, the largest it has ever completed. But the city is losing affordable housing faster than it is building it.

Carlsbad Considers Ambitious Project To Put Trains In A Trench

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Carlsbad‘s downtown on Highway 101 is facing a noisy future, as the number of trains expected to travel along the coastline is projected to double by 2030.

San Diego Congressional Reps Hold Town Halls

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Republicans Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, and Democrat Susan Davis, all held town hall meetings on Saturday.

San Diego Seniors Living On Fixed Incomes Hit By Rising Rents

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Seniors who live on a fixed income are particularly hard hit by rising rents and shrinking rental vacancy rates.

Lack Of Stable Funding May Cause Slowdown In San Diego Roadwork

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Caltrans has 25 construction projects underway this year, but officials said spending on San Diego’s roads and public transit will slow in coming years without a more stable funding source.

Town Hall On Health Care To Go Ahead With Or Without Issa

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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, may not attend a town hall meeting on health care in Vista Tuesday night, but organizers said they will go ahead without him.

Seismic Research Explores San Onofre's Earthquake, Tsunami Risks

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New seismic research from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography explores the earthquake and tsunami threats to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station site, where nuclear waste will be stored indefinitely. The results will be presented Thursday night to Edison's Community Engagement Panel.

Rep. Issa's Constituents Call On Him To Attend Town Hall On Health Care

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Constituents in the 49th Congressional District have invited Rep. Darrell Issa to a town hall meeting focusing on health care next week.

Oceanside Budgets $1 Million For Pier Upkeep

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Maintaining the longest wooden pier on the West Coast is not cheap — Oceanside has budgeted more than $1 million for repairs this year.

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