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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 a news reporter for radio, TV and the web, as well as anchoring, hosting, producing and editing. She now focuses on stories about North County and is based in the KPBS' North County Bureau.

Alison covered the metro beat during the critical period of the San Diego City pension crisis, and 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 told welfare reform stories in 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. She occasionally hosts the KPBS Roundtable and KPBS Midday Edition.

Alison has won 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. Her postgraduate diploma is in student counseling. 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 by Alison St John

Extra Trolleys, Buses Tapped For Saturday's Women's March...

Extra Trolleys, Buses Tapped For Saturday's Women's March; Coaster Not Running

Jan. 19
By Alison St John

With thousands of people expected to attend the two women's marches in San Diego this weekend, the first challenge is likely to be how to get there on time. It may be a good time to use public transit.

Fate Of Oceanside Mayor's Seat Still Up In The Air

Fate Of Oceanside Mayor's Seat Still Up In The Air

Jan. 15
By Alison St John

The Oceanside City Council must decide by Feb. 7 if it wants to put the mayor’s seat on the June ballot. But the council is still not sure it wants to make an appointment or hold an election.

County Supervisors To Review Flu Severity

County Supervisors To Review Flu Severity

Jan. 8
By Alison St John

San Diego County supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to declare a state of emergency because of the severity of this year’s flu season.

Congressman Issa Distances Himself From Trump Administrat...

Congressman Issa Distances Himself From Trump Administration Policies

Jan. 5
By Alison St John

San Diego Republican congressman Darrell Issa is putting some distance between himself and the Trump administration when it comes to enforcing federal laws on marijuana and reopening oil drilling off California’s coast. The nine-term congressman faces four Democratic challengers in mid-term elections this year.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Hamilton'-mania

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Hamilton'-mania

Jan. 5
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

"Hamilton," the smash musical opens in San Diego this weekend and so many people are excited, even those who don't like theater.

What’s In Store For San Diego’s Dining Scene In 2018

What’s In Store For San Diego’s Dining Scene In 2018

Jan. 3
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

From restaurants with on-site childcare to the cannabis culinary arts scene, San Diego food writers weigh in on the most anticipated food trends to dominate the local dining scene in 2018.

Salk Scientists Debate Editing Plant Genes To Fight Clima...

Salk Scientists Debate Editing Plant Genes To Fight Climate Change

Jan. 3
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

Scientists at the Salk Institute are turning to plants as a means to stave off climate change but are facing an ethical dilemma: should they use genetic engineering to make more resilient plants?

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Unconventional New Year's...

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Unconventional New Year's Eve Picks

Dec. 29, 2017
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

From old-fashioned concerts to a roller skate party, here are some New Year's Eve ideas that go beyond nightclubs and fancy dinners.

On The Environment Beat: Drought, Sewage Spills, Redevelo...

On The Environment Beat: Drought, Sewage Spills, Redeveloping In Mission Valley

Dec. 28, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Reporter Erik Anderson focuses mainly on stories about the environment. This year that has included drought, the Tijuana sewage spills and how plans for how redeveloping Mission Valley could change our urban environment.

2017's Top Military Stories: Trump Tries To Ban Transgend...

2017's Top Military Stories: Trump Tries To Ban Transgender Military Personnel, Healthcare For Veterans, Ship Collisions

Dec. 27, 2017
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

From President Trump's Twitter announcement about transgender military personnel to the loss of sailors in two accidents in the Pacific, 2017 has been an unpredictable year for the U.S. military.

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