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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

Solana Beach Council Skeptical Of Del Mar Fairgrounds Study

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The Solana Beach City Council considered the final draft of the Del Mar Fairgrounds Fiscal Impact Report Wednesday night and picked holes in many of its conclusions.

#ShowUsYourMailers: In County’s District 3, Campaign Mailers Try To Make Quick Impression

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Political slate mailers are arriving in the mailboxes of targeted groups of voters in San Diego County Board of Supervisors' District 3.

Homeless People Find Overnight Shelter In Oceanside Beach Bathrooms

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The City of Oceanside recently invested about $2 million in new public bathrooms at the beach and upgraded bathrooms on the pier, a popular spot for fishermen, surfers, tourists, residents and the homeless.

Del Mar Gets Ready For A New City Hall

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The Del Mar City Hall has been in an old brick school house since the 1970s. It will be torn down next month to make room for a new one that's estimated to cost $16 million.

Report Spells Out Financial Impact Of Del Mar Fairgrounds

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A new report details the financial costs and benefits of the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Del Mar and Solana Beach.

San Diego Chamber Backs Gaspar In County Supervisor Race

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San Diego’s Regional Chamber of Commerce has invested more than $100,000 to support Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar in her quest for a seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Marines From 'Darkhorse' Battalion Reunite At Camp Pendleton

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Camp Pendleton hosted a reunion over the weekend for the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, which suffered more casualties during the war in Afghanistan than any other Marine unit.

Lone Democratic Supervisor Roberts Faces Two Republican Challengers

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With two Republican challengers vying to unseat him, Democratic San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts won’t keep his position without a fight.

Stark Differences Emerge In First Forum For County Supervisor's Seat

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Three candidates for a seat on the powerful San Diego County Board of Supervisors sparred in the race’s first forum Thursday night. Democratic incumbent Dave Roberts is challenged by two Republican mayors of North County cities.

Memoir Of A Young Camerawoman’s Adventures In Afghanistan

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Melissa Burch was in her early twenties in the 1980s when she traveled to Afghanistan for the first time to shoot footage for CBS News. She chronicles her experience in "My Journey Through War and Peace."

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