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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 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 by Alison St John

San Marcos Struggles With Changing Development Realities

San Marcos Struggles With Changing Development Realities

Sept. 21
By Alison St John

San Marcos residents are grappling with major changes proposed for the future of their urban core: plans for the Creek District call for far fewer shops, less retail and denser housing.

Tiny Homes In San Diego Face Big Hurdles

Tiny Homes In San Diego Face Big Hurdles

Sept. 21
By Alison St John

A planned “tiny homes” community in San Diego's North County has turned out to be a costly failure, and California is not making it easy for those who aspire to live in tiny houses.

Edison Proceeds With Plans To Bury Nuclear Waste At San Onofre Site

Edison Proceeds With Plans To Bury Nuclear Waste At San Onofre Site

Sept. 18
By Alison St John

Southern California Edison officials said the company will start burying spent nuclear fuel from the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant by the end of this year.

Report Delivered On Tiny Home Communities As Transitional Housing

Report Delivered On Tiny Home Communities As Transitional Housing

Sept. 13
By Alison St John

Temporary communities of tiny homes may be one of the options the City of San Diego eventually considers, as it looks for ways to move the growing number of people who are homeless off the streets.

SANDAG Reform Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

SANDAG Reform Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

Sept. 12
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

A measure to reform how San Diego's regional planning agency is governed and would give tax powers to North County Transit District and the Metropolitan Transit System passed the State Assembly Monday, sending the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown.

'The Sandcastle Girls' Author In Town For Kickoff Events For One Bo...

'The Sandcastle Girls' Author In Town For Kickoff Events For One Book, One San Diego

Sept. 12
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

"The Sandcastle Girls" is a multi-generational tale that spans nearly 100 years and focuses on the Armenian Genocide.

Oceanside Strips Canyon Of Vegetation To Deter Homeless Encampments

Oceanside Strips Canyon Of Vegetation To Deter Homeless Encampments

Sept. 7
By Alison St John

Homeless encampments are reappearing in an Oceanside canyon that was partially stripped of trees to discourage overnight camping.

Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Could Be Boon For Oceanside Farmers

Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Could Be Boon For Oceanside Farmers

Aug. 2
By Alison St John

Oceanside is considering how to regulate the cultivation of cannabis. For San Diego County farmers struggling to stay in business with rising water bills and higher labor costs, there are potential profits from the newly legalized crop.

World's Top Women Surfers Prepare To Catch Waves In Oceanside

World's Top Women Surfers Prepare To Catch Waves In Oceanside

July 27
By Alison St John

Preparations are underway for the 10th annual Supergirl Pro Surfing championships that begin this weekend in Oceanside.

Oceanside Mayor Aims To Return To City Hall Next Month

Oceanside Mayor Aims To Return To City Hall Next Month

July 24
By Alison St John

The city of Oceanside remains in political limbo as its mayor, Jim Wood, continues to recover from a stroke he suffered in May.

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