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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

Ballot Measure T Forces Encinitas To Confront Growth Plans

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Encinitas is the only city in San Diego County that does not have a state-mandated housing plan. Even with its back up against that legal wall, there’s plenty of opposition to Measure T, a plan for where to increase housing density in the future.

Future Development Creates High Stakes For Tight Supervisors Race

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One of the dominant issues in the race between incumbent County Supervisor Democrat Dave Roberts, and his challenger, Republican Kristin Gaspar, is land-use.

Kristin Gaspar Says She No Longer Supports Donald Trump

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The candidate for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is revoking her support for the Republican presidential nominee.

District 3 Supervisor Candidates Roberts And Gaspar Discuss Key Issues

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San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts and his challenger Kristin Gaspar speak with KPBS reporter Alison St John about the issues in the race.

Candidates For District 3 Supervisors Seat To Face Off In Escondido

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San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, a Democrat, and his challenger, Republican Kristin Gaspar, will face off at a forum Monday night in Escondido. Land use is likely to be a key issue in this race for the District 3 seat on the County Board of Supervisors.

San Diego Author Recounts Uncle’s Vietnam War Stories

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In his new book, “Midair," author Craig Collins talks about his fighter pilot uncle who flew more than 300 combat missions in the Vietnam War.

LEGO Exhibit At Fleet Is Making Art More Accessible

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The Art of the Brick exhibit opened on Friday and runs through Jan. 29, 2017 at the Fleet Science Center. Artist Nathan Sawaya's exhibit features 100 works of art made out of LEGO bricks.

Blogger In San Diego To Talk About Living Without Excess

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Courtney Carver is in San Diego to speak about her journey to simplify her life and her minimalist fashion challenge Project 333. The project encourages people to dress with 33 items or less for three months.

Encinitas Voters To Choose New Mayor

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Mayoral candidates Catherine Blakespear and Paul Gaspar join KPBS Midday Edition to discuss their positions on the major issues facing Encinitas from new housing development to transit.

Hickey, Elliott Vie To Become Next San Diego City Attorney

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In a discussion taped Tuesday afternoon, Hickey and Elliott joined KPBS Midday Edition to discuss their stances on police oversight, the release of body camera footage, ticketing homeless people downtown and how they would keep the office nonpartisan.

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