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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

Brainstorming Session Searches For Solutions To High Housing Costs

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A new report finds lack of adequate housing and rising housing costs are resulting in growing inequality and limited opportunity for younger Californians. The state's Department of Housing and Community Development holds a public workshop in San Diego Monday to brainstorm for solutions.

New Affordable Housing In North County Defies Stereotypes

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San Marcos is one of the North County cities that has built the most new affordable housing in the last three years. Many of those units came with workout rooms and granite countertops.

San Diego Economist Alan Nevin Discusses America's 'Great Divide'

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In his new book, "The Great Divide: The True Story of America Tomorrow", Nevin details the demographic and economic future of California and other key U.S. states.

Rev. William Barber On The New Civil Rights Movement

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Rev. Barber, president of North Carolina's NAACP, was the keynote speaker at the 29th annual All People's Breakfast celebration in Balboa Park to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Despite Opposition, County Supervisors Vote To Increase Their Salaries

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to increase their own salaries by more than $19,000 each year, despite public comment by about two dozen opponents.

County Supervisors Add To Their Pension Payouts During Last Term In Office

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On Tuesday, San Diego County Supervisors’ agenda will include the final reading of an ordinance that effectively increases their pay by about 12 percent within the next year.

North County Housing Development Opponents Sued For Attorney's Fees

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Attorneys for a San Diego developer of a proposed North County housing project are suing opponents for thousands of dollars after it was defeated at the polls in November.

Where To Eat On Christmas And Hanukkah

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Where do you go if you're not up for cooking a holiday meal? Two dining experts are here to help.

Jan Goldsmith Reflects On Time As San Diego’s City Attorney

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Goldsmith served as city attorney for eight years. During his time in office, he dealt with the resignation of a mayor, controversy over a plan to finance an expansion of the convention center and pension reform.

A San Diego Spinal Surgeon's Plea For Less Surgery

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Patients continue to demand spinal operations for back pain even when evidence shows non-surgical treatments, such as medically-supervised exercise, could be just as effective.

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