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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

Residents Take A Swing At Rezoning The Escondido Country Club

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The fate of the former Escondido Country Club remains undecided, but residents will tell the city what they would like to see happen to the now-brown golf course at a public workshop Thursday.

Battle Over One Paseo Development Not Over Yet

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The San Diego City Council voted 7-2 to approve the Carmel Valley development, but opponents have launched a petition drive to overturn that decision.

Judge Delays Ruling On Escondido Country Club Development

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One act of the legal battle over a developer’s plan to turn the former Escondido Country Club into a housing development played out in court Thursday. But it’s only part of what could be a long, drawn-out drama.

Both Sides Debate Merits of One Paseo Project In Carmel Valley

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The San Diego City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on the proposed $630 million project that would bring homes, offices and shops to Del Mar Heights Road.

Assemblyman Looking Into Dealings Over San Onofre Closure

A California Assemblyman will look into allegations of unethical communication between the California Public Utilities Commission and utility executives.

One Paseo Project In Carmel Valley Gets Its Public Hearing Monday

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It will be up to the San Diego City Council to decide whether to approve the $650 million One Paseo multi-use project in Carmel Valley that some residents say is too dense and will bring too much traffic to the area.

'Mitigation Bankers' See Profit in Converting Developed Land Back Into Natural Habitat

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Private companies called “Mitigation Bankers” find it can pay to turn developed land back into wetlands, and sell it to developers to mitigate for projects elsewhere. But, not everyone buys into that idea.

Cal State San Marcos President Talks About Preparing For 'Real' Jobs

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Cal State San Marcos President Karen Haynes celebrates the nimbleness of the youngest university in the San Diego region in her “Report to the Community” address.

Changing Demographics Put Some San Diego Golf Courses In Jeopardy

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The Farmers Insurance Golf Tournament tees off at Torrey Pines on Thursday. Golf courses around San Diego hope the excitement generated will boost enthusiasm for the game, which has seen a marked decline. But in San Diego golf courses face a crisis on two fronts.

Calls For State To Get Involved In Nuclear Waste Question

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The head of a panel monitoring the decommissioning of San Onofre says if Congress can’t agree on a place to store radioactive spent fuel, the state should get involved.

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