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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

California PUC Used Public Money To Block San Onofre Investigation

California PUC Used Public Money To Block San Onofre Investigation

Nov. 21
By Alison St John

Court documents released this week indicate the California Public Utilities Commission used public money to try to block search warrants in an investigation into possible collusion with Southern California Edison over the closure of the premature San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Del Mar Beachfront Facing Challenges Of 'Managed Retreat'

Del Mar Beachfront Facing Challenges Of 'Managed Retreat'

Nov. 20
By Alison St John

The city of Del Mar plans to issue a new draft report this week on how to adapt to sea level rise. The report has been changed to remove a strategy that homeowners fear could affect their property values.

380 Homes To Be Built On Defunct Escondido Country Club Golf Course

380 Homes To Be Built On Defunct Escondido Country Club Golf Course

Nov. 16
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The Escondido City Council may have ended a five-year battle Wednesday over whether to allow development on the now-defunct country club golf course.

Escondido Golf Course Saga Ends Up Back Before City Council

Escondido Golf Course Saga Ends Up Back Before City Council

Nov. 14
By Alison St John

Another battle over whether to build on a North County golf course is in the news this week. The Escondido City Council votes Wednesday night on whether to resolve nearly five years of legal wrangling over plans to build homes on a now-closed country club.

Tax Bill Contains Provision That Could Hit Affordable Housing Secto...

Tax Bill Contains Provision That Could Hit Affordable Housing Sector Hard

Nov. 14
By Alison St John

A federal tax credit program that is the cornerstone of much of San Diego’s subsidized affordable housing could be cut. It is a proposal being considered in Washington, D.C., to help pay for the tax reform bill.

Golf Course Closed After Poway Voters Reject Country Club Development

Golf Course Closed After Poway Voters Reject Country Club Development

Nov. 8
By Alison St John, City News Service

A proposed development at the StoneRidge Country Club was rejected by Poway voters. As soon as the results were posted, the owner, Michael Schlesinger of Western Golf Properties, shut down the course.

Poway Voters Face A Choice: Yes Or No For Homes On Golf Course

Poway Voters Face A Choice: Yes Or No For Homes On Golf Course

Nov. 6
By Alison St John

Few people are going to the polls on Tuesday, Election Day, but an issue before Poway voters is the hottest topic in North County: land use and housing development.

Marine Corps Waits For Nuke Waste Removal From San Onofre

Marine Corps Waits For Nuke Waste Removal From San Onofre

Nov. 2
By Alison St John

The Navy and Marines would like to reclaim the military base land where the San Onofre nuclear power plant now sits, as soon as it is safely decommissioned. But with nuclear waste stored on the site indefinitely, that could be decades.

Tom Steyer Brings Impeachment Campaign To Anti-Issa Protest In Vista

Tom Steyer Brings Impeachment Campaign To Anti-Issa Protest In Vista

Oct. 31
By Alison St John

California billionaire Tom Steyer brought his campaign to impeach President Trump to San Diego’s North County. He found a supportive audience Tuesday among the Democratic protestors outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s office in Vista.

Del Mar Gears Up For Super Bowl Of Horse Racing: The Breeders Cup

Del Mar Gears Up For Super Bowl Of Horse Racing: The Breeders Cup

Oct. 30
By Alison St John

Del Mar is gearing up to host the Breeders Cup, the Super Bowl of horse racing, for the first time this weekend. Horse racing as a sport is on the decline, but big meets like this still attract plenty of fans, and plenty of money.

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