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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

DEA Seizes Massive Quantity Of Synthetic Opiate In San Diego

DEA Seizes Massive Quantity Of Synthetic Opiate In San Diego

June 23
By Alison St John, City News Service, Megan Burke

A long-term investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has led to one of the nation's largest seizures of fentanyl and a federal indictment against three alleged traffickers, federal prosecutors in San Diego announced Monday.

Veterans Mural To Be Unveiled This Weekend In Kearny Mesa

Veterans Mural To Be Unveiled This Weekend In Kearny Mesa

June 22
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The nonprofit Combat Arts San Diego will gather Saturday to unveil its latest mural at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Kearny Mesa.

Oceanside Considering Medical Marijuana Regulations

Oceanside Considering Medical Marijuana Regulations

June 22
By Alison St John, Michael Lipkin

Oceanside has large agricultural areas where farmers are very interested in the future potential of marijuana, but the city extended its ban on medical pot in April.

New Podcast Brings Stories Of San Diegans' First Day In The City

New Podcast Brings Stories Of San Diegans' First Day In The City

June 21
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

My First Day is a podcast produced through the KPBS Explore project, an initiative to bring original content from and about the San Diego community.

Plan For Convention Center, Hotel On Chula Vista Waterfront Moves F...

Plan For Convention Center, Hotel On Chula Vista Waterfront Moves Forward

June 21
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Port commissioners and members of the Chula Vista City Council approved an agreement Tuesday with RIDA Development to build the 1,450-room hotel and 275,000-square-foot convention center.

Free Summer Meal Programs Kick Off Around San Diego County

Free Summer Meal Programs Kick Off Around San Diego County

June 20
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego Hunger Coalition said more than 125,000 lower income children in the region depend on free or reduced-priced lunches but just a fraction participate in summer meal programs.

Community To Weigh In On 10-Year Salton Sea Management Plan

Community To Weigh In On 10-Year Salton Sea Management Plan

June 20
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The sea is the state's largest lake and is located in Imperial and Riverside counties. The lake is shrinking and thus exposing playa or lakebed, which becomes airborne dust when the wind blows.

San Diego County Supervisors To Consider Affordable Housing Plan

San Diego County Supervisors To Consider Affordable Housing Plan

June 19
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The two main elements of the plan are to establish a $25 million affordable housing investment fund and to identify 11 county-owned properties that could be used for residential development.

Master-Planned Community Proposed For Rural North County

Master-Planned Community Proposed For Rural North County

June 16
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

A plan to build more than 2,000 new homes in the hills north of San Marcos is now open for public review. An 8,000 page environmental review has been released and the public has 60 days to respond.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Art Adventures And Last-Chance Shows

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Art Adventures And Last-Chance Shows

June 16
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This weekend brings art in unconventional ways-- plus it is your last chance to see some popular local shows.

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