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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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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Punk And Samba And A Hint Of Irish

June 22
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This weekend marks the end of an iconic music festival. Plus you can go on a musical journey to Ireland and Brazil.

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Reveal: Operators Of Shelters Housing Immigrant Children Accused Of Neglect, Abuse

June 20
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

An investigation by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting found that some of the private companies running the shelters housing immigrant children have been accused of neglect, lapses in health care and sexual and physical abuse.

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‘Vanishing Frontiers’ Explores Growing Ties Between US-Mexico

June 20
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Despite news reports that may suggest otherwise, Andrew Selee of the Migration Policy Institute, writes in his new book that Mexico and the United States are more connected than ever before: culturally, economically and politically.

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Oceanside Council To Take Up Medical Marijuana Again

June 20
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Oceanside City Council is holding a workshop on medical marijuana and may make some changes to a city ordinance passed three months ago.

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Inaugural San Diego Bike Summit To Focus On Diversity, Equity And Inclusion

June 19
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego Bike Coalition will host panels and workshops on strategies to improve bicycling in the region. The three-day conference kicks off Thursday at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

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Nonprofit Launches Podcast To Increase Community's Understanding Of Homelessness

June 19
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Greg Anglea, the CEO of Interfaith Community Services based in Escondido, is on a mission to get the stories of people experiencing homeless told.

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Mayor Faulconer Proposes Vacation Rental Rules

June 14
By Alison St John, Andrew Bowen, City News Service, Marissa Cabrera

The mayor’s plan would allow homeowners to rent their home for up to 6 months and a second property year round. The city council will take up the proposal July 16.

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San Diego: A Temporary Paradise?

June 14
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

A 44-year-old book looking at how to preserve San Diego’s uniqueness has been re-released. “Temporary Paradise?” is as relevant today as in 1974.

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Former Coach Bruce Arena On The State Of Soccer In The US

June 14
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Bruce Arena, the former coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team, will be speaking about his new book, “What’s Wrong With US?,” Thursday at Warwick’s in La Jolla.

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'Brewchive' Tells The History Of San Diego Beer

June 13
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Cal State San Marcos has a beer-centric special collection, one of only a few like it in the country. It’s called the "Brewchive."

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