Alison St John
North County Reporter
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
The San Diego Bike Coalition will host panels and workshops on strategies to improve bicycling in the region. The three-day conference kicks off Thursday at the Museum of Photographic Arts.
Greg Anglea, the CEO of Interfaith Community Services based in Escondido, is on a mission to get the stories of people experiencing homeless told.
The mayor’s plan would allow homeowners to rent their home for up to 6 months and a second property year round. The city council will take up the proposal July 16.
A 44-year-old book looking at how to preserve San Diego’s uniqueness has been re-released. “Temporary Paradise?” is as relevant today as in 1974.
Bruce Arena, the former coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team, will be speaking about his new book, “What’s Wrong With US?,” Thursday at Warwick’s in La Jolla.
Cal State San Marcos has a beer-centric special collection, one of only a few like it in the country. It’s called the "Brewchive."
Nicole Ramos, an immigration attorney with the Tijuana-based group Al Otro Lado, says the large majority of asylum seekers she works with are fleeing domestic and gang violence in Central America.
Last month a neighbor took a photograph of Ike Iloputaife while he was walking his dogs. The photograph was then used by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department identifying him as a person of interest in a burglary investigation.
Sebastian Slovin was just 6 years old when his father took his own life. In his new memoir, “Ashes in the Ocean,” Slovin chronicles his experience living through and learning from his father’s suicide.
CaregiverSD.com is a new website with information, resources and support for the nearly 650,000 family caregivers living in San Diego County.