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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

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.

Same-Day Voter Registration Will Be Available In 2017

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Starting next year, California residents will be able to register to vote on election day.

Infrastructure That Supports Response To 911 Calls Is Getting An Upgrade

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The update will allow the system to accommodate more users in a disaster and improve coverage.

Film Explores Life And Work Of Latino Activist Willie Velasquez

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"Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice" airs on KPBS television Monday, October 3 at 9 p.m.

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Fall Arts 2016: Highlights From Theater, Music And Visual Arts

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Arts writers Seth Combs, James Chute and Nina Garin discuss their top picks for San Diego's robust fall arts season.

Number Of Immigrants In California Illegally Declines

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A Pew Research Center report says the number of immigrants living in California illegally fell by about 200,000 to 2.3 million between 2009 and 2014.

Renters, Homebuyers Feeling Squeezed In San Diego

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San Diegans are spending a larger share of their paychecks on housing, whether they're renting or looking to buy a home.

Vista High To Expand Personalized Learning Program With $10M Grant

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The grant is from XQ: The Super School Project, which aims to reimagine high school in America. It is funded in part by a $50 million donation from Steve Job's widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.

South Bay Roundup: Chula Vista Wants To Crack Down On Illegal Pot Shops

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Robert Moreno, reporter at The Star News joins us for an update on the issues making headlines in San Diego's South Bay.

San Diego Bayfront Is Getting A Makeover

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In the last nine months, the San Diego Unified Port District board has made some big decisions on the development of the bayfront.

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