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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, when she began as a community producer and weekend news anchor. Since then she 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.

Throughout her career, Alison has covered water issues, the environment, health, welfare and education. As metro reporter, she followed the fortunes of the city of San Diego through the critical period following the investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the emergence of the pension crisis.

Alison’s radio features have 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. Her TV feature "Welfare’s Missing Dads" won the Pacific Southwest Emmy Award for best documentary in 2001. She was named media person of the year by the San Diego Psychiatric Society in 2000.

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.

Recent Stories

Escondido County Club Controversy Turns Offensive With Fowl Odor

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The owner of a derelict Escondido golf course risks paying severe fines for depositing chicken manure on the fairways near neighboring homes.

Should E-Cigarettes Be Treated Like Cigarettes?

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The introduction of e-cigarettes, depending on who you talk to, is either an appealing alternative to help addicted current smokers give up tobacco or gateway devices for a new generation of tobacco smokers.

San Diego Business Helping Rwandans Thrive 20 Years After Genocide

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Twenty years ago this month, a brutal massacre took place in Rwanda where political rivalry between Hutus and Tusis tribes led to the genocide and 1 million deaths. A San Diego company is one of many working in the region helping Rwandans thrive and heal.

Encinitas To Spend $10 Million To Keep Coastal Property Public

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The Encinitas City Council voted recently to buy the Pacific View Elementary school site for $10 million in an effort to prevent a prime piece of public land from falling into private developers hands.

Camp Pendleton Marines Head For First Major Deployment To Australia

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Almost 1,000 Marines leave Camp Pendleton this week for the first major U.S. deployment to Australia, part of a strategy to refocus U.S. forces in the Western Pacific.

North County Economic Development Council Holds First Summit

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The North County Economic Development Council held its first Economic Summit to focus on attracting more jobs to the region.

Del Mar Plans To Build New City Hall

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The city of just more than 4,000 people has been making do with a city hall that was once a little brick schoolhouse, but now more than 70 percent of the residents want to see a change.

Residents Rally Against Plans For San Luis Rey Downs Golf Course

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Residents packed a public meeting to oppose plans to turn the San Luis Rey Golf Course in Bonsall back into native wetlands.

San Luis Rey Downs Golf Course Could Revert to Wetlands

North County residents living near the San Luis Rey Downs golf course will find out tonight about a proposal to return the golf course to natural habitat.

Amgen Bike Race Not Stopping In San Diego This Year; Escondido Not Disappointed

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The route of the Amgen Bicycle Race will not include San Diego this year. Escondido, which hosted the starting line last summer, lost money on the enterprise.

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