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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 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

NRC Petitioned To Require Stronger Canisters To Store Nuc...

NRC Petitioned To Require Stronger Canisters To Store Nuclear Waste Indefinitely

Feb. 19
By Alison St John

A public watchdog group wants the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to require stronger canisters for storing spent nuclear fuel on site indefinitely. The petition comes as Southern California Edison moves spent fuel from the decommissioned San Onofre nuclear power plant into storage next to the ocean.

Encinitas Hopes To Increase Housing Stock With Granny Flats

Encinitas Hopes To Increase Housing Stock With Granny Flats

Feb. 15
By Alison St John

The city has approved an ordinance making it easier for residents to build granny flats.

Marijuana Regulations Creating Buzz In North County Super...

Marijuana Regulations Creating Buzz In North County Supervisors Race

Feb. 14
By Alison St John

This year, the cannabis industry can legally throw money into politics in California, and candidates can legally accept it. One race where marijuana money may flow is the race to replace San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn.

City To Revise Safeguards After Homeless Person Scooped U...

City To Revise Safeguards After Homeless Person Scooped Up In Trash Truck

Feb. 7
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The city of San Diego has said it will make changes following an incident in December where a homeless person was nearly killed after being scooped into a garbage truck during a cleanup of a homeless encampment on a city street.

Levin Raises Most Among Dems Vying To Replace Issa

Levin Raises Most Among Dems Vying To Replace Issa

Feb. 6
By Alison St John

With 10 candidates running, the campaign for Darrell Issa’s 49th congressional seat is all about who will be among the top two vote-getters in the June primary, and go on to compete in November.

Report: Tijuana Homicides Reach Record High In 2017

Report: Tijuana Homicides Reach Record High In 2017

Feb. 6
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

A new report by the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego examines the resurgence of violent crime in Tijuana.

San Diego Studies How To Improve Immigrant Outreach

San Diego Studies How To Improve Immigrant Outreach

Feb. 6
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

A coalition of San Diego officials, business leaders, academics and immigrant rights groups are moving forward with plans to study how the city can improve immigrant integration.

Public Has Chance To Weigh In On Palomar Airport 20-Year ...

Public Has Chance To Weigh In On Palomar Airport 20-Year Master Plan

Feb. 5
By Alison St John and Libby Denkmann

Residents who live around McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad have about six weeks to comment on a master plan that will guide the regional airport’s growth over the next 20 years. Some residents are concerned about the proposal to lengthen the runway.

Settlement Means Customer Bill Cut For Closed Nuclear Plant

Settlement Means Customer Bill Cut For Closed Nuclear Plant

Jan. 31
By Alison St John, Associated Press

The Southern California utilities that oversaw a nuclear plant that was shut down has reached a $775 million settlement with attorneys representing consumers who felt they were footing too much of the bill for the closure.

Palomar Airport Master Plan Seeks Clearance From Community

Palomar Airport Master Plan Seeks Clearance From Community

Jan. 30
By Alison St John

San Diego County is soliciting public comment on a 20-year master plan to improve Palomar Airport in Carlsbad.

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