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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

Proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill Digs Itself Out Of A Hole

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The proposal to build a new landfill in Gregory Canyon in North County is back on track.

San Diegan Worries For His Family In Remote Nepali Village

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Lotte Lama, who is from Nepal, is spending sleepless nights worrying about the best way to help his family whose homes were destroyed in the earthquake.

Interstate 5-Highway 78 Interchange In A Tough Spot

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Oceanside residents will meet Tuesday to talk about how plans for a new Interstate 5-Highway 78 interchange will affect their neighborhoods.

Mayor Faulconer On San Diego Chargers, 2016 Budget, Water Enforcement

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer talks about the chances of the Chargers staying in San Diego, his proposed 2016 budget, and enforcing mandatory water restrictions.

Study: Diesel, Gas Exhaust Mostly To Blame For Calexico’s Polluted Air

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The Imperial Valley's bad air has long been blamed on agricultural burns. But a new study shows idling cars at the Calexico border crossing are having a bigger impact on poor air quality.

San Diego Professor Delves Deep Into Politics, Culture of 'Mad Men'

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A new book takes an academic look at the TV series that has become a cultural phenomenon.

San Diego County Postpones Vote On Growth Policy

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San Diego County will do more public outreach before changing key principles in its general plan for where to build more housing in the backcountry.

San Onofre Security, Storage Topic Of Panel Discussion

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Security at the now-shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant will be on the agenda of Edison's Community Engagement Panel on Thursday night.

Proposed Housing Development In Valley Center Goes Before Planning Group

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A major housing development proposed for semi-rural Valley Center goes before the Valley Center Planning Group Monday evening.

Part Of Del Mar Wetlands Boardwalk To Remain

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Supporters of the San Dieguito Lagoon Boardwalk are pleased with a compromise reached with the California Coastal Commission staff to let a portion of the walkway remain.

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