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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

Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Could Be Boon For Oceanside Farmers

Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Could Be Boon For Oceanside Farmers

Aug. 2
By Alison St John

Oceanside is considering how to regulate the cultivation of cannabis. For San Diego County farmers struggling to stay in business with rising water bills and higher labor costs, there are potential profits from the newly legalized crop.

World's Top Women Surfers Prepare To Catch Waves In Oceanside

World's Top Women Surfers Prepare To Catch Waves In Oceanside

July 27
By Alison St John

Preparations are underway for the 10th annual Supergirl Pro Surfing championships that begin this weekend in Oceanside.

Oceanside Mayor Aims To Return To City Hall Next Month

Oceanside Mayor Aims To Return To City Hall Next Month

July 24
By Alison St John

The city of Oceanside remains in political limbo as its mayor, Jim Wood, continues to recover from a stroke he suffered in May.

Proposed North County Housing Development Public Comment Meeting Dr...

Proposed North County Housing Development Public Comment Meeting Draws A Crowd

July 20
By Alison St John

More than 200 people showed up for a meeting Tuesday night on Newland Sierra, a proposal to build more than 2,000 new homes in rural North County.

Issa Challenger Raises More Individual Contributions So Far This Year

Issa Challenger Raises More Individual Contributions So Far This Year

July 18
By Alison St John

The latest federal campaign finance reports show one of Republican Congressman Issa’s Democratic challengers has raised more in individual contributions this year than the incumbent.

Del Mar Races See New Costs And Declining Revenues

Del Mar Races See New Costs And Declining Revenues

July 18
By Alison St John

Wednesday is opening day at the Del Mar racetrack. Horse racing is on the decline nationwide, forcing the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to make some changes.

Carlsbad To Share Cost Of Community Choice Energy Study

Carlsbad To Share Cost Of Community Choice Energy Study

July 12
By Alison St John

Carlsbad is the fourth North County city to agree to consider the feasibility of Community Choice Energy.

City Unveils $80 Million Plan To Build More Housing For San Diego H...

City Unveils $80 Million Plan To Build More Housing For San Diego Homeless

July 5
By Alison St John, City News Service

The San Diego Housing Commission and area elected officials Wednesday kicked off a three-year, $80 million program to provide more housing for the area's burgeoning homeless population.

New Plans For Escondido Country Club Property Divide Community

New Plans For Escondido Country Club Property Divide Community

July 4
By Alison St John

Residents living around the former Escondido Country Club golf course vehemently disagree over a new plan to build houses on the now-dried-up greens. Some newer residents say it is time to stop fighting and let the blighted golf course be developed.

Five North County Cities Consider Community Choice Aggregation

Five North County Cities Consider Community Choice Aggregation

July 3
By Alison St John

Five North County cities are considering whether to contract with different energy providers to increase the amount of sustainable energy they use. Encinitas is the most recent city to vote to share the cost of a feasibility study.

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