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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

Lands Commission Seeks Input On San Onofre Decommissioning

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The California State Lands Commission on Tuesday night will begin to collect public comments for a report on the environmental impacts of Southern California Edison’s plan to decommission the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Another Gaspar Steps Into The Encinitas Political Ring

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Paul Gaspar, the husband of Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, declared he will run for the job in November. Kristin Gaspar cannot run for a second term since she is challenging San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts for his seat.

San Diego Congressmen Propose Bill To Close Visa Loopholes

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Republican Rep. Darrell Issa and Democratic Rep. Scott Peters have introduced a bipartisan bill that would close loopholes in the H-1B visa program.

Board Votes For Another Study On Valley Center Development Project

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The precedent-setting Lilac Hills project would build 1,700 homes on semi-rural land zoned for 110 homes.

Election Issues Shaping Up In North County

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Rep. Darrell Issa will likely have to fight harder to keep his seat. A housing project proposed for Valley Center could set a precedent for future growth. Carlsbad gears up for a more contentious election than usual.

New Round In Escondido Country Club Development Saga

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A developer has plans for an Escondido golf course that was closed down more than three years ago and has been in limbo ever since. New Urban West will hold an open house this weekend at the Escondido Country Club to explore options for building on the 110-acre site.

San Diego Civil Rights Group Reacts To Recent Police Shootings

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The San Diego chapter of the civil rights group National Action Network is organizing a rally Saturday in response to two deadly police shootings involving black men that made national headlines this week.

San Diego Transgender Vet On The Military's New Policy

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The Department of Defense last week lifted the military's ban on transgender troops. A transgender woman from San Diego who served in Vietnam discusses her experience in the military and what she hopes its new policy can achieve.

Password Sharing Can Be A Crime, Court Rules

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After a ruling upheld the conviction of a man for using a colleague's password to access his former employer's database, should people start second-guessing sharing a Netflix password?

How Scientists Are Pushing The Boundaries Of Our Senses

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Science journalist Kara Platoni wants to know more about how our brains interpret what we see, hear, touch, taste and smell, and whether current research can expand our ability to perceive the world.

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