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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, 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.

Recent Stories

Tri-City Nurses Say Emergency Department Alarmingly Understaffed

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Nurses at Tri-City Medical Center in North County say staffing conditions at the hospital’s emergency room are alarming.

Pop-Up Plaza In Carlsbad Village Is Part Of Revisioning Plan

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The City of Carlsbad is experimenting this week with a pop up plaza, part of a new plan to make the downtown more pedestrian friendly.

Dying Golf Course Held Hostage By Competing Initiatives

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A battle over a bankrupt golf course in Escondido is heating up.

North County's Economy Gets Refreshing Boost From Craft Brewing

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Craft brewing has created quite the economic buzz in North County and Vista played host Wednesday to the spirited first Craft Brew Symposium.

Trademarking Phrases: SDSU's Aztec Shops Laying Claim To 'I Believe That We Will Win!'

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The chant "I Believe That We Will Win!" was heard around the world during the World Cup. Can San Diego State University's Aztec Shops Ltd. trademark the slogan?

What's A Public Document?

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San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says a controversial college letter of recommendation she wrote is not a matter of public record. KPBS Midday Edition takes a close look at the California Public Records Act.

Cities Along SR-78 In San Diego's North County Seek Identity

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The San Marcos City Council will vote Tuesday night on whether to spend nearly $50,000 on a campaign to promote North County as a good place to do business. The campaign involves five cities and is based on research that started by asking about North County’s image.

Research Finds Postpartum Depression Symptoms May Begin Before Giving Birth

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Postpartum depression can range from being depressed or sad to suicidal thoughts — but researchers now say it may begin earlier than after giving birth.

NCTD Chief Answers Questions About Agency Turnover

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The executive director of the North County Transit District, Matthew Tucker, responds to investigations that raise troubling questions about his agency.

Should More Development Be Allowed In Cleveland National Forest?

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is considering allowing more development on private lands within the Cleveland National Forest.

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