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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

Issa Addresses Need To Find Alternative Storage For Nuclear Waste

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San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa is co-sponsoring a bill to help find alternatives for storing nuclear waste.

North County Summit Focuses On Economic Impact Of Aging Population

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The San Diego North Economic Development Council Health Care Summit warned that a new model of care for the aging is needed.

Carlsbad Residents Submit A Second Round Of Signatures For Lagoon Vote

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An issue that has divided the Carlsbad community took a new twist Thursday. Opponents of a proposed shopping center on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon have presented more than 9,000 signatures asking for a referendum to the City Clerk.

Tri-City Health Workers Rally For Jobs In Oceanside

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The Service Employees International Union said Tri-City Medical Center plans to outsource 460 jobs, which would mean more staff turnover, less training and reduced pay and benefits.

San Diego County Supervisor Addresses Question Of Potential Conflict Of Interest

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Supervisor Bill Horn could well be the key vote on the precedent-setting Lilac Hills development project, but questions remain unresolved over his potential conflicts of interest.

Vista Bans 'Puppy Mill' Sales

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Vista is the sixth city in San Diego County to ban retail pet stores from selling dogs and cats bred in out-of-state “puppy mills.”

Carlsbad Residents Confused By Dueling Signature Campaigns

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Carlsbad residents are reeling from dueling signature-gathering campaigns. Next week is the final week of a petition drive to gather signatures to require a vote on plans to build a shopping center on the Agua Hedionda lagoon.

Supervisors Agree To Ask Feds To Remove San Onofre Waste

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to ask the federal government to remove and relocate nuclear waste being stored at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Officials Reject Proposal To Merge Fallbrook, Rainbow Water Districts

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The merger between Fallbrook and Rainbow water districts would have saved more than $2 million a year. But Rainbow resisted the proposal, calling it a hostile takeover.

San Diego County Planning Commission Recommends Approval of Lilac Hills

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After a second day of hearings, San Diego County Planning Commissioners voted to recommend approval of the Lilac Hills development west of Valley Center.

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