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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

Supervisor Dave Roberts Cancels Scheduled Appearance

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San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts has canceled a scheduled appearance at MiraCosta College Friday, the day after a second claim was filed against the county by one of his former employees.

'Peaker' Plant To Replace Carlsbad's Power Station

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The state's Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday a new gas power plant in Carlsbad to replace almost a quarter of the energy lost when San Onofre shut down. Opponents say the decision misses an opportunity to move toward more sustainable energy sources.

Oceanside's Prince Of Peace Abbey Spiritual Leader To Step Down

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The Rev. Charles Wright, head of the Prince of Peace Abbey for the past two decades, will resign this summer on his 80th birthday.

Lilac Hills Project: 'Leapfrog' Development Or Smart Growth?

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Lilac Hills Ranch, a proposed development in Valley Center, pits millions of dollars in private investment against years of public planning.

San Diego City Council Delays One Paseo Vote

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Signatures from voters forced the hotly contested development planned for Del Mar Heights Road back to the San Diego City Council, where it won approval in February.

Harmony Grove Residents Worry About Fire Evacuation Routes

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Recovery is slow for Harmony Grove, a community hard hit by the Cocos fire a year ago this week. Plus, residents worry that evacuation routes have not improved.

'Destination' Mall Proposed For Carlsbad Lagoon

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A developer who wants to build an upscale, open-air mall on the edge of Carlsbad’s Agua Hedionda lagoon presents his plans as a way to preserve open space.

Oceanside Floats The Idea Of Encouraging Graywater Systems

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To help meet state-mandated 25 percent water cutbacks, the city of Oceanside is urging residents to consider installing graywater systems.

Commission Opts To Compare Alternatives Before Voting On Carlsbad Power Plant

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The California Public Utilities Commission has decided not to approve SDG&E's proposed contract for a new power plant in Carlsbad until they have more information about renewable alternatives.

Long-Awaited Vote On Carlsbad Energy Center Due This Week

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A vote could come Thursday that would determine whether a new gas-powered "peaker” plant is built on the coast in Carlsbad, on the site of the existing Encina power plant.

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