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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 a news reporter for radio, TV and the web, as well as anchoring, hosting, producing and editing. She now focuses on stories about North County and is based in the KPBS' North County Bureau.

Alison covered the metro beat during the critical period of the San Diego City pension crisis, and 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 told welfare reform stories in 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. She occasionally hosts the KPBS Roundtable and KPBS Midday Edition.

Alison has won 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. Her postgraduate diploma is in student counseling. 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 by Alison St John

Santa Ana Winds Expected To Pick Up Again This Weekend

Santa Ana Winds Expected To Pick Up Again This Weekend

Dec. 7
By Alison St John

The National Weather Service says the worst of the Santa Winds should be over, however, strong winds are expected to persist through the weekend, potentially hampering firefighting efforts.

North County's Homeless Housing Network Now Helping Twice As Many P...

North County's Homeless Housing Network Now Helping Twice As Many People

Dec. 4
By Alison St John

This year, three of the four emergency homeless housing shelters in North County are open year-round. And the lone seasonal winter shelter would like to be open year-round, too.

San Elijo Coastal Lagoon Makeover To Help Wildlife, Prepare For Sea...

San Elijo Coastal Lagoon Makeover To Help Wildlife, Prepare For Sea Level Rise

Nov. 29
By Alison St John

A $100 million project to improve a San Diego coastal lagoon broke ground on Wednesday. The project will do more than restore the natural habitat; it will prepare the lagoon for sea level rise.

Boosted Funding, New Forester To Help San Diego Meet Its Tree Plant...

Boosted Funding, New Forester To Help San Diego Meet Its Tree Planting Goal

Nov. 24
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

San Diego's recently installed forester says his department has an additional $300,000 in funding to plant new trees, as the city moves towards its goal of 15 percent canopy cover by 2020.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Disco, Jazz And Tennis!

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Disco, Jazz And Tennis!

Nov. 24
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This holiday weekend features a tribute to the Queen of Disco, a swing dance party and some Tennis.

California PUC Used Public Money To Block San Onofre Investigation

California PUC Used Public Money To Block San Onofre Investigation

Nov. 21
By Alison St John

Court documents released this week indicate the California Public Utilities Commission used public money to try to block search warrants in an investigation into possible collusion with Southern California Edison over the premature closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Del Mar Beachfront Facing Challenges Of 'Managed Retreat'

Del Mar Beachfront Facing Challenges Of 'Managed Retreat'

Nov. 20
By Alison St John

The city of Del Mar plans to issue a new draft report this week on how to adapt to sea level rise. The report has been changed to remove a strategy that homeowners fear could affect their property values.

380 Homes To Be Built On Defunct Escondido Country Club Golf Course

380 Homes To Be Built On Defunct Escondido Country Club Golf Course

Nov. 16
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The Escondido City Council may have ended a five-year battle Wednesday over whether to allow development on the now-defunct country club golf course.

Escondido Golf Course Saga Ends Up Back Before City Council

Escondido Golf Course Saga Ends Up Back Before City Council

Nov. 14
By Alison St John

Another battle over whether to build on a North County golf course is in the news this week. The Escondido City Council votes Wednesday night on whether to resolve nearly five years of legal wrangling over plans to build homes on a now-closed country club.

Tax Bill Contains Provision That Could Hit Affordable Housing Secto...

Tax Bill Contains Provision That Could Hit Affordable Housing Sector Hard

Nov. 14
By Alison St John

A federal tax credit program that is the cornerstone of much of San Diego’s subsidized affordable housing could be cut. It is a proposal being considered in Washington, D.C., to help pay for the tax reform bill.

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