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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

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."

Solana Beach Sends Seawall Fee Schedule To Coastal Commission

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Solana Beach is one of the first cities in California to develop a schedule of fees for homeowners who want to build seawalls to protect property perched on eroding cliffs.

Stadium: Chargers Pointman Talks To KPBS; East Village Group Reacts To Proposal

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The Chargers will begin collecting signatures in three weeks in a bid to qualify a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex proposal for the November general election.

UCSD Computer Science Professor Honored For Work To Deter Hackers

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Stefan Savage is an expert in network security, privacy and reliability. His research showed how vulnerable modern cars are to hacking. His systematic approach to attacks and attackers garnered him a prestigious award this week.

Irma Cota, Winner Of Cesar Chavez Award, Recalls Struggles That Inspired Career

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SDSU alum Irma Cota caught the leadership bug when she was a schoolgirl, translating for her fellow crop pickers during the United Farm Workers strike in Salinas in 1970. Cota, now the president and CEO of North County Health Services, will receive SDSU's Cesar Chavez Lifetime Service Award.

Escondido Homeless Shelter To Keep Its Doors Open Year-Round

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As many shelters close to make way for longer-term housing programs, a winter shelter in Escondido is operating year-round.

How UC San Diego Aims To Boost Diversity

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Becky Petitt, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at the UC San Diego, discusses some of the school’s new diversity initiatives.

San Diego Ranks 20th In California In New Women's Well-Being Index

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The California Budget and Policy Center released a new index that rates women's overall well-being in the state. Factors include health, employment, economic security, personal safety and political empowerment.

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