Alison St John
North County Bureau Chief
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, when she began as a community producer and weekend news anchor. Since then she 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.
Throughout her career, Alison has covered water issues, the environment, health, welfare and education. As metro reporter, she followed the fortunes of the city of San Diego through the critical period following the investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the emergence of the pension crisis.
Alison’s radio features have 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. Her TV feature "Welfare’s Missing Dads" won the Pacific Southwest Emmy Award for best documentary in 2001. She was named media person of the year by the San Diego Psychiatric Society in 2000.
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.