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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

Seismic Research Explores San Onofre's Earthquake, Tsunami Risks

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New seismic research from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography explores the earthquake and tsunami threats to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station site, where nuclear waste will be stored indefinitely. The results will be presented Thursday night to Edison's Community Engagement Panel.

Rep. Issa's Constituents Call On Him To Attend Town Hall On Health Care

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Constituents in the 49th Congressional District have invited Rep. Darrell Issa to a town hall meeting focusing on health care next week.

Oceanside Budgets $1 Million For Pier Upkeep

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Maintaining the longest wooden pier on the West Coast is not cheap — Oceanside has budgeted more than $1 million for repairs this year.

Waiting Lists For Affordable Housing, But Retail Space Sits Empty

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Mixed-use housing developments are supposed to make denser communities sustainable, convenient and affordable. But that vision is threatened by a trend emerging in some North County communities: new retail storefronts can’t find tenants.

CSUSM Challenges Higher Education Stereotypes

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The President of Cal State University San Marcos, Karen Haynes, said the 15,000 students now enrolled at the university defy stereotypes of students in higher education.

County Supervisor Stresses Serving Seniors In Annual Address

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Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob outlined seven ways Wednesday to better serve the public in the annual "State of the County" address, including improving streets, building parks, tackling the pension problem, serving seniors, increasing technology, maintaining public safety and building bonds in the community.

North County Homeless Benefit From Gift, Stand Down

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Two pieces of good news for the homeless in North County this week: More than 100 veterans are registered for the first ever “Veterans Stand Down” in Vista this weekend. Plus a $3 million donation will help build a new Recovery and Wellness Center for homeless struggling with addiction.

Debate Over Nuclear Waste Storage Could Change With New Administration

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Plans to store San Onofre’s spent nuclear fuel in canisters 100 feet from the ocean are running a little behind schedule. But the new Republican administration in Washington DC won’t change the debate over where to store nuclear waste.

Brainstorming Session Searches For Solutions To High Housing Costs

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A new report finds lack of adequate housing and rising housing costs are resulting in growing inequality and limited opportunity for younger Californians. The state's Department of Housing and Community Development holds a public workshop in San Diego Monday to brainstorm for solutions.

New Affordable Housing In North County Defies Stereotypes

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San Marcos is one of the North County cities that has built the most new affordable housing in the last three years. Many of those units came with workout rooms and granite countertops.

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