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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

Carlsbad Approves Agua Hedionda Lagoon Shopping Center

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Carlsbad City Council voted unanimously to approve a plan to build an upscale mall overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, rather than putting it on the ballot for a public vote.

Carlsbad Residents Divided On Agua Hedionda Lagoon Development

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Carlsbad residents are divided on a developer’s proposal to build an upscale outdoor shopping center on a North County lagoon. The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Project comes before the Carlsbad City Council for a vote Tuesday.

Critics Protest Proposed Shopping Center On Carlsbad Lagoon

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Opponents of a plan to build a shopping center on the shores of a Carlsbad lagoon say the plan seriously underestimates the environmental impact.

Carlsbad Staff Says Proposed Development Complies With Planning Policy

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Carlsbad city staff have given their thumbs up to a developer’s plan to build a shopping center on fields overlooking the Agua Hedionda lagoon. The project is up for a City Council vote later this month.

Agua Hedionda Development Plan Sidesteps CEQA

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A plan to build a state-of-the-art outdoor mall overlooking a Carlsbad coastal lagoon could set a new model for dealing with environmental reviews.

Lilac Hills Challenges San Diego County's General Plan For Growth

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The Lilac Hills project would build hundreds of homes on farmland near Valley Center. The San Diego County's Planning Commission will discuss the project on Friday.

Roundtable Looks At Terminal 1 Re-Do, ICE Detention Case, Downtown Loos

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It's only 48 years old, but Lindbergh Field's Terminal One is approaching the end of its life. Being detained by ICE means entering an alternate legal universe. And should downtown public toilets stay? Or should they go?

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Latest Efforts To Keep Chargers In San Diego

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday that the $2.1 million the city agreed to spend on an environmental analysis of a proposed NFL stadium will be money “well-spent.”

San Diego Civic Organist Releases New Album

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"Just Carol" features new compositions for piano and organ by San Diego musician Carol Williams.

North County Leaders Thirst For Drought Remedies

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Leaders gathered at a North County Water Summit in Vista, searching for ways to address the drought in the region.

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