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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

Carlsbad Shopping Center Project To Go Before Voters

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Carlsbad residents will go to the polls for a special election Feb. 23 to vote on a proposed outdoor shopping center on the shores of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

Supervisor Asks State To Drop Conflict of Interest Charge In Lilac Hills Vote

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Supervisor Bill Horn is disputing the advice of the California Fair Political Practices Commission to recuse himself from voting on Lilac Hills, a development that would build 1,700 homes near Valley Center.

Escondido Country Club Homeowners Consider Options For Proposed Development

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A group of Escondido homeowners will meet Tuesday night to consider their options now that the city has settled a lawsuit with a developer who wants to build hundreds of houses on a former golf course.

Carlsbad Council Weighs Referendum Options For Proposed Mall

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The Carlsbad City Council Tuesday night voted to accept the signatures collected for a referendum on a plan to build a shopping center on a coastal lagoon, but did not select a date for the election.

Edison Sees Little Risk In San Onofre Nuclear Storage Plan

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Southern California Edison is confident in its plans to store tons of radioactive waste on site indefinitely. But news the company knew about potential problems with faulty steam generators and installed the system anyway has undermined Edison’s credibility.

Referendum Qualifies To Challenge Carlsbad Development Plan

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The San Diego County Registrar of Voters confirmed that the group Citizens for North County has collected enough signatures to challenge the "85/15 Plan" proposed for the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad.

Committee Recommends $100M In Improvements To Carlsbad Airport

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The Palomar Airport Advisory Committee recommends making $100 million worth of improvements to the Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, to increase safety for the larger planes that are now using it.

Carlsbad Committee To Vote On Future Trajectory Of Palomar Airport

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The future of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad may become clearer at a special public meeting Thursday evening in Carlsbad.

Group Questions San Onofre's Decommissioning Fund

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A nuclear watchdog group says utility companies are underestimating the cost of decommissioning the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Horn Asks California's FPPC To Reconsider Conflict Of Interest Ruling

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San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn said Wednesday he will send more information to the Fair Political Practices Commission, asking it to reconsider the conclusion that he has a conflict of interest in the Lilac Hills vote.

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