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Alison St John currently serves as a general assignment reporter and occasionally co-hosts KPBS Midday Edition. She 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 a news reporter for radio, TV and the web, as well as anchoring, hosting, producing and editing. Alison has reported on stories about North County and was based in the KPBS' North County Bureau.

Alison covered the metro beat during the critical period of the San Diego City pension crisis, and 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 told welfare reform stories in 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. She occasionally hosts the KPBS Roundtable and KPBS Midday Edition.

Alison has won 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. Her postgraduate diploma is in student counseling. 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

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What To Expect From California's Economy In 2020

Jan. 2
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

California's economic growth is expected to slow in the new year but not as much as the rest of the nation. That's according to the latest economic forecast from the UCLA Anderson School.

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San Diego Anti-Defamation League Reacts To Increase In Anti-Semitic Violence

Dec. 31, 2019
By Alison St John, John Carroll

With last weekend's stabbing in New York and the attack at a Poway synagogue earlier this year, we get reaction from a local Jewish leader on the spate of anti-Semitic violence.

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Construction To Stabilize Tracks On Del Mar Bluffs To Continue In 2020

Dec. 30, 2019
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The North County Transit District plans to begin construction in January on phase four of a multi-year project to stabilize the bluffs next to the railway line through Del Mar.

A seawall is constructed along the beach in Del...

Report: Sea Level Could Rise At Least 7 Feet Along California's Coastline By 2100

Dec. 16, 2019
By Alison St John, John Carroll

A new report from the California Legislative Analyst's Office predicts sea level rise will cost many millions of dollars to mitigate. It places much of that responsibility on local governments.

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Roundtable: Impeachment Inquiry Launched

Sept. 27, 2019
By Alison St John, Aly Sadik

The House of Representatives looks toward the impeachment of President Trump. An investigation into San Diego County's jail system raises concern. SDG&E pushes for change, but how much could it cost customers.

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Roundtable: Covering The El Paso Mass Shooting

Aug. 9, 2019
By Alison St John, Bennett Lacy

A look at how Spanish-speaking media covered the El Paso mass shooting, 2020 presidential candidates speak at the UnidosUS conference in San Diego, and how a man from Honduras became the first to win asylum under the "Remain in Mexico" policy.

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Jim Bell,'Environmental Designer,' Dies

Aug. 9, 2019
By Alison St John

Bell, who died last week at his home in Ocean Beach at the age of 77, was known as a visionary environmentalist who ran for mayor four times.

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Despite Privacy Concerns, SDPD Increasingly Using Streetlight Cameras

Aug. 7, 2019
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego Police Department has reportedly viewed streetlight video footage in connection with more than 140 investigations.

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Coastal Cities Wrestling With 'Managed Retreat' Ramifications Of Rising Sea Levels

Aug. 1, 2019
By Alison St John

The California Coastal Commission has encouraged cities to include a strategy called “managed retreat” in their plans to prepare for sea level rise. But the commission may be retreating from that position.

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Oceanside Residents Lobby For New Strategy To Save Disappearing Beach

July 23, 2019
By Alison St John

A group of Oceanside residents wants to build rock “groins” or jetties to help stabilize the sand that is disappearing from their beaches. It’s a controversial strategy.

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