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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 by Alison St John

San Diego County Building Permits Down

San Diego County Building Permits Down

April 27
By Alison St John

The number of building permits issued in San Diego County in the first quarter of this year could suggest a slowdown in construction of new homes.

Encinitas Sued Again Over Lack Of Affordable Housing Plan

Encinitas Sued Again Over Lack Of Affordable Housing Plan

April 27
By Alison St John

A group called SD Tenants United is suing the city of Encinitas for not having a plan to increase its housing stock. Encinitas is the only city in San Diego that has failed to agree on a state-mandated housing plan.

McClellan-Palomar Airport To Relaunch Commercial Flights To LA

McClellan-Palomar Airport To Relaunch Commercial Flights To LA

April 24
By Alison St John

McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad is getting ready to relaunch commercial flights to Los Angeles.

North San Diego Business Chamber Launches Tourism Initiative

North San Diego Business Chamber Launches Tourism Initiative

April 21
By Alison St John

The North San Diego Business Chamber is launching a tourism initiative to attract visitors from neighboring cities like Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Las Vegas.

Count Shows Unsheltered Homeless Growing In North County

Count Shows Unsheltered Homeless Growing In North County

April 20
By Alison St John

This year’s annual count shows North County’s share of the region’s homeless population has remained about the same: 23 percent. But the number of unsheltered homeless has increased.

North County Transit Hikes Fares For Special Shuttle Service

North County Transit Hikes Fares For Special Shuttle Service

April 19
By Alison St John

Some passengers with disabilities who use North County Transit shuttles may find it takes a bigger bite out of their budget in coming months.

NPR Host Michel Martin Comes To San Diego For Border Discussion

NPR Host Michel Martin Comes To San Diego For Border Discussion

April 17
By Alison St John, Ebone Monet, Marissa Cabrera

Martin has been taking the radio studio on the road as part of her “Going There” series. On May 2, she will visit San Diego for a discussion about life along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Can Post-2016 Politics Become More Respectful?

Can Post-2016 Politics Become More Respectful?

April 17
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

Experts say the 2016 presidential election was one of the nastiest in modern American politics. Rude tweets and name-calling have become standard ways to simply dismiss political opponents without engaging in a substantive debate.

San Onofre Waste Challengers Prep For Settlement Talks

San Onofre Waste Challengers Prep For Settlement Talks

April 14
By Alison St John, Claire Trageser, Michael Lipkin

Parties in the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station waste lawsuit were to meet in court Friday, kicking off a trial to determine whether plans to store more than 3 million pounds of nuclear waste close to the ocean violated state environmental laws.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Coachella Preview, Plus Dancing

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Coachella Preview, Plus Dancing

April 14
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

All about Coachella, plus options for those not traveling to the desert.

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