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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

TheNAT Showcases Citizen Scientists' Discoveries

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The San Diego Natural History Museum is highlighting hobbyists' work in a new permanent exhibit.

MiraCosta College Tries Again With $455M Bond On November Ballot

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MiraCosta College will put a $455 million bond measure on the November ballot. The community college narrowly missed passing a bond four years ago and hopes a slightly lower goal will convince voters to approve it this time.

North County Roundup: Candidates Galore And A New Hotel

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In 2012, some cities in the region struggled to find enough candidates to make local races competitive. That's not the case now. Plus, an upscale hotel is coming to Escondido.

Gaspar, Roberts Pick Up Endorsements In San Diego County Supervisor Race

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Republican Kristin Gaspar and incumbent Democratic Supervisor Dave Roberts are collecting endorsements for the District 3 seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

North County Homeless Alliance Rebrands Shelter Network

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About 30 percent of homeless individuals housed in North County’s winter shelter network last year were women, and almost half of them were victims of domestic violence.

Shelters For Homeless Families Shut Out From Federal Housing First Funding

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While one emergency shelter for families opens in Vista, another one is closing. That's because of the Housing First policy, which requires providers to offer shelter immediately, without setting conditions.

MiraCosta College's Security Training Proves Popular With Vets

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The community college offers a high-threat security training course that’s popular with veterans and others looking for a high-adrenaline career.

San Diego's Housing Crisis Squeezing The Middle Class

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A housing crisis has taken hold in the region and the middle class is especially hard hit. More houses are being built for people at the top and the bottom of the economic ladder than for people in the middle.

North County Roundup: Encinitas Mayor, Lilac Hills, Homeless Shelter, Oceanside Beaches

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Three husbands jump into the Encinitas mayor’s race. The Lilac Hills development near Valley Center crosses a significant milestone. Second year-round shelter for homeless families opens in Vista. Oceanside beaches get a dredging.

Radioactive Fuel Storage Not Part Of San Onofre Environmental Report

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The indefinite storage of radioactive nuclear waste 100 feet from the beach will not be part of California’s environmental impact report on the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

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