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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.

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