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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

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Encinitas Marijuana Advocates Pushing For November Ballot Measure

April 18
By Alison St John

Signature gatherers are gearing up to put a marijuana initiative on the November ballot in Encinitas. Encinitas is likely to be the second city, after Vista, to see a recreational marijuana initiative campaign this year.

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49th Congressional Candidates Jockey For Money, Attention

April 18
By Alison St John

The latest campaign fundraising disclosures show which candidates in the race to replace Rep. Darrell Issa have the most cash on hand.

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San Diego Padres: What To Expect In The 2018 Season

April 2
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The 2018 Major League Baseball season is in full swing as the Padres take on the Colorado Rockies Monday at Petco Park after a series sweep loss against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'The Phantom' Returns, And So Does Tommy Wiseau

March 30
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This weekend brings some theatrical and pop culture reunions, as well as an evening of meditative noise.

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Oceanside Council Votes Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

March 29
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Michael Lipkin

The council did approve allowing medical marijuana cultivation, testing, distribution, manufacturing and nurseries within the city of Oceanside following the approval of a regulatory fee schedule.

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As San Onofre's Radioactive Waste Goes Underground, Opponents Search For Alternatives

March 29
By Alison St John

As the San Onofre nuclear power plant is decommissioned, the twin domes visible from Interstate 5 will disappear. But thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods will remain.

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Women Reflect On Their Silver Hair Journey

March 26
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Some women have said they felt empowered after embracing their grey hair. Stylist Lorraine Massey is in San Diego Monday to discuss her latest book, “Silver Hair: A Handbook.”

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Edison Reveals Design Flaws In New Canisters Storing Nuclear Waste At San Onofre

March 23
By Alison St John

Southern California Edison stopped loading spent nuclear fuel rods into canisters at San Onofre after discovering a design flaw in the containers used to store the nuclear waste.

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Former 'Navy Mayor' Urges Reassessment Of San Onofre's Nuclear Waste Risks

March 22
By Alison St John

The former “Navy Mayor” of San Diego is asking top brass at Camp Pendleton to consider moving the spent fuel from San Onofre to a site on the base, further from the beach. Retired Adm. Len Hering said he believes the risks of storing the nuclear waste next to the ocean have not been correctly assessed.

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Republicans Crowd The Field In 49th Congressional Race

March 20
By Alison St John

Eight Republicans are now running for the 49th Congressional seat currently held by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, who plans to retire.

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