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Alison St John

North County Bureau Chief

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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

San Diego Museum Of Art Exhibition Explores Issues Surrounding Role Of Women In Arab Culture

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Ten large-scale photographs from Moroccan-born, New York–based photographer Lalla Essaydi at the Balboa Park museum through Aug. 1.

Oceanside's Rocky Chávez And His Long-Shot Bid For The U.S. Senate

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Republican state Assemblyman Rocky Chávez's name recognition is low and many observers believe his candidacy for Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat in 2016 is a long shot. So who is showing up to support him?

Judge Rules Against Escondido In Battle Over Golf Course

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Vista Superior Court Judge Earl Maas III issued a ruling Friday that is a blow to Escondido residents hoping to preserve a golf course as open space.

North County's Economy Hit Hard By Recession But Recovering

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That's one of the conclusions of a report released Tuesday as part of the second North County Economic Summit being held in Carlsbad.

San Marcos Trails Damaged In Cocos Fire Reopened

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The city of San Marcos has reopened some of the trails running through hillsides burned by last year’s Cocos fire. The refurbished trails are part of an ambitious plan for the hills of North County.

Residents Take A Swing At Rezoning The Escondido Country Club

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The fate of the former Escondido Country Club remains undecided, but residents will tell the city what they would like to see happen to the now-brown golf course at a public workshop Thursday.

Battle Over One Paseo Development Not Over Yet

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The San Diego City Council voted 7-2 to approve the Carmel Valley development, but opponents have launched a petition drive to overturn that decision.

Judge Delays Ruling On Escondido Country Club Development

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One act of the legal battle over a developer’s plan to turn the former Escondido Country Club into a housing development played out in court Thursday. But it’s only part of what could be a long, drawn-out drama.

Both Sides Debate Merits of One Paseo Project In Carmel Valley

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The San Diego City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on the proposed $630 million project that would bring homes, offices and shops to Del Mar Heights Road.

Assemblyman Looking Into Dealings Over San Onofre Closure

A California Assemblyman will look into allegations of unethical communication between the California Public Utilities Commission and utility executives.

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