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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Living With Wildfires: San Diego Firestorm 10 Years Later

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 by Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob: 'We’ll Never Prevent Anot...

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob: 'We’ll Never Prevent Another Big Fire'

Oct. 18
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob wanted to make big changes after the fires to invest in fire prevention. The majority of the nearly 300,000 acres burned by the Harris and Witch Creek fires were in the county's unincorporated area represented by Supervisor Jacob.

2007 Wildfires: Losing Their Homes Changed Their Lives

2007 Wildfires: Losing Their Homes Changed Their Lives

Oct. 18
By Alison St John

The wildfires that tore through San Diego County 10 years ago this week destroyed an estimated 1,600 homes. Two couples who lost everything when their homes burned to the ground talk about how the experience changed them.

Palomar College Breaks Ground On New North Education Complex

Palomar College Breaks Ground On New North Education Complex

Oct. 13
By Alison St John

Palomar Community College in San Marcos broke ground Friday on a new campus. It’s at the northeast corner of the intersection of Interstate 15 and the newly-widened state Route 76, where developers have already started to build about 2,000 new homes.

Democrats Vie To Take On Republican Congressman Issa

Democrats Vie To Take On Republican Congressman Issa

Oct. 17
By Alison St John

Republican Congressman Darrell Issa has more cash on hand than any of his Democratic challengers in the 49th congressional district race. But the three Democrats running to unseat him are in a fierce battle to raise their campaign war chests.

Solana Beach Votes On Next Step Toward Community Choice Energy

Solana Beach Votes On Next Step Toward Community Choice Energy

Oct. 11
By Alison St John

The Solana Beach City Council votes Wednesday night on whether to move into the next phase of preparing for Community Choice Energy.

Oceanside Council Extends Mayor Wood's Medical Leave

Oceanside Council Extends Mayor Wood's Medical Leave

Oct. 5
By Alison St John

Oceanside city council has agreed to Mayor Jim Wood’s request for another extension to his leave of absence, to give him more time to recover from a stroke suffered last May.

San Marcos Residents Incomes Rising Fast, But Most Work Out Of Town

San Marcos Residents Incomes Rising Fast, But Most Work Out Of Town

Oct. 3
By Alison St John

San Marcos appears in a national study this week as a city with one of the highest median income growth rates in the United States.

Oceanside's Ailing Mayor Requests A Third Leave Of Absence

Oceanside's Ailing Mayor Requests A Third Leave Of Absence

Oct. 2
By Alison St John

Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood has written to the city council asking for an additional two months leave of absence. Wood has been gone since May when he suffered his forth stroke.

North County Cities Grappling With Marijuana Regulations

North County Cities Grappling With Marijuana Regulations

Sept. 28
By Alison St John

Two North County cities hold final public workshops Thursday night on how to regulate marijuana, which becomes legal next year.

Energy, Environment House Subcommittee Hears San Onofre Safety Conc...

Energy, Environment House Subcommittee Hears San Onofre Safety Concerns

Sept. 26
By Alison St John

San Onofre’s 3.5 million pounds of spent fuel is just a fraction of the radioactive nuclear waste at 17 reactor sites being decommissioned around the country.

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