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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

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Latest Efforts To Keep Chargers In San Diego

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday that the $2.1 million the city agreed to spend on an environmental analysis of a proposed NFL stadium will be money “well-spent.”

San Diego Civic Organist Releases New Album

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"Just Carol" features new compositions for piano and organ by San Diego musician Carol Williams.

North County Leaders Thirst For Drought Remedies

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Leaders gathered at a North County Water Summit in Vista, searching for ways to address the drought in the region.

Proposed Development On Carlsbad Lagoon Comes Under Scrutiny

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The Carlsbad City Council could vote as soon as next month to approve a new upscale mall on the shores of the Agua Hedionda lagoon. But some residents say citizens should be allowed to vote on the developer’s plan.

San Diego Graywater Options Getting A Closer Look

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Cutting water use by 12 percent to 36 percent is no easy task, so it's not surprising homeowners and homebuilders are turning to graywater systems.

Vote To Merge Rainbow, Fallbrook Water Districts Delayed

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County Supervisor Bill Horn, who chairs the panel that will decide whether to merge the Rainbow and Fallbrook water districts, couldn't attend Monday's meeting so a vote was delayed until Sept. 14.

Mural Of Hope Goes Up At Libby Lake Park In Oceanside

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Teens in the troubled Libby Lake neighborhood of Oceanside have painted a vivid new mural and dedicated it to the community.

Oceanside Takes Steps To Develop More Affordable Housing

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Oceanside lost an estimated $3.3 million in funding for affordable housing by cutting developer fees to some of the lowest rates in the region four years ago. This week, the city will start charging higher developer fees again.

Encinitas Bans Sale Of Commercially Bred Dogs, Cats

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Encinitas has become the fourth city in San Diego County to ban the sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders.

Rainbow Water District Board Opposes Merger With Fallbrook

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The Rainbow Water District has voted to oppose a proposed merger with the Fallbrook Water District. The decision shows the challenge of trying to consolidate how water is managed in California.

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