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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 Onofre Security, Storage Topic Of Panel Discussion

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Security at the now-shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant will be on the agenda of Edison's Community Engagement Panel on Thursday night.

Proposed Housing Development In Valley Center Goes Before Planning Group

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A major housing development proposed for semi-rural Valley Center goes before the Valley Center Planning Group Monday evening.

Part Of Del Mar Wetlands Boardwalk To Remain

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Supporters of the San Dieguito Lagoon Boardwalk are pleased with a compromise reached with the California Coastal Commission staff to let a portion of the walkway remain.

Building Civilian Career Is Challenge For National Guard Members

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Building a career is no easy task for those in the National Guard who have to balance their commitments to a civilian job and their military training.

Debate Heats Up Over Carlsbad Gas Plant

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A delegation of San Diegans who want SDG&E to choose cleaner energy sources heads up to San Francisco Thursday. A discussion of a proposed gas plant is on the California Public Utilities Commission docket.

Batiquitos Lagoon Land To Be Preserved As Mitigation For Freeway Widening

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Fifty acres of natural habitat next to the Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad will be preserved as part of a plan to mitigate for transit improvements along the North Coast corridor.

Future Of Carlsbad Power Plant Remains In Limbo

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The iconic smokestack of the Encina power plant is set to be torn down if a new gas-powered plant is approved to replace it. But two state agencies are involved, and more is at stake than just the view from Interstate 5.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Urged To Review Procedures

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An environmental group is calling on the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to review why faulty steam generators were installed at the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern To Run For Chávez's Assembly Seat

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Oceanside Republican City Councilman Jerry Kern will run for the 76th California State Assembly seat to be vacated by Rocky Chávez next year.

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.

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