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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 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

Study: 12% Of North County Residents Live In Poverty

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The city with the biggest increase in poverty since before the economic downturn is Oceanside, where the poverty rate has doubled in eight years

Delays Ahead: Construction Begins Soon Along I-5 In North County

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CALTRANS is giving drivers notice that major construction work is due to begin next month on widening Interstate 5.

Little By Little, San Diego's Coastal Rail Line Double Tracked

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Commuters who ride the train along the San Diego coastline are less likely to be bothered than car commuters by the major construction launching this month on the North Coast Corridor project.

Construction On I-5 North Coast Corridor Project Starts Next Month

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The project will expand Interstate 5 and the railway line running up San Diego’s North County coastline. It also includes lagoon preservation and 10 miles of bike and pedestrian paths.

Kristin Gaspar Wins District 3 Seat On San Diego County Board Of Supervisors

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Republican Kristin Gaspar has unseated incumbent county Supervisor Dave Roberts, a Democrat. It is the first time in more than two decades that an incumbent supervisor has lost his or her seat.

Following Defeat Of Measure A, SANDAG Leadership Structure Is Questioned

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Some members of SANDAG, the board that controls billions of transportation dollars for San Diego County, say the leadership does not reflect changing demographics in the region.

Kristin Gaspar Continues To Build Lead In Race For Supervisor

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Gaspar, the mayor of Encinitas, trailed by around 2,200 votes after election night counting but has been gaining ground ever since.

With Pala Purchase, Landfill Plan For Gregory Canyon Is Dead

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More than 20 years of controversy over a plan to put a landfill at Gregory Canyon in San Diego's North County comes to an end, as the Pala Band of Mission Indians buys a portion of the site.

North County Election Update: Coastal Cities Becoming More Liberal

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The Democratic vote that gave Doug Applegate his lead over Congressman Darrell Issa in San Diego County is showing up in some North County coastal cities this year, too.

Feelings Run High At Panel Monitoring Decommissioning Of San Onofre

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New federal laws to allow tons of spent nuclear fuel to be moved off the coast of San Diego County have made little headway during this election year.

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