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Alison St John

Reporter

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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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SANDAG Vice Chair On Future Of Transportation In San Diego County

June 19
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, is currently in the process of updating its regional transportation plan to bring it in line with state targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, vice chair of SANDAG, joins Midday Edition to discuss the development of the plan.

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'Man In The Window' Tells Untold Story Of The Golden State Killer Case

June 18
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

A new podcast by the Los Angeles Times tells the untold story of the origins of the Golden State Killer and the man police now believe is responsible for a dozen murders and four dozen rapes across California in the 1970s.

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Novel For Middle Schoolers Tackles Body Image, Self Acceptance

June 13
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

In a fictional retelling of his own middle school years, San Diego City College English professor Chris Baron shares his struggle to find friendship and acceptance.

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California's YIMBY Movement Is Coming To North County

June 12
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Organizers with the new "yes in my backyard" housing advocacy group in North County plan to hold a kick-off event Thursday.

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Faulconer Proposes Incentives For Developers To Build Smaller, More Affordable Units

June 12
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has a new proposal on the table that would give incentives to developers to build smaller, more affordable units in areas close to public transit.

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Roundtable: President Trump’s Tariff Threat

June 7
By Alison St John, Bennett Lacy

An increase in border crossings leads President Trump to threaten new tariffs on Mexican goods, violent crime is rising in many San Diego neighborhoods, and newly released documents show how the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is responding to public complaints.

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Palomar College Considers Allowing Homeless Students To Sleep Overnight In Campus Parking Lots

June 3
By Alison St John

Palomar Community College in North San Diego County is considering how to help students who can’t afford the region’s expensive housing market, including letting them sleep overnight in their cars on campus parking lots.

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San Onofre Task Force Questions Edison About Nuclear Waste Canisters

May 29
By Alison St John

Congressman Mike Levin's San Onofre Task Force plans to question Southern California Edison about the safety of the canisters being used to store spent nuclear fuel.

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Rincon Band Supports San Diego Food Bank Expansion In North County

May 29
By Alison St John

The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians presented the San Diego Food Bank with a $300,000 check to help expand services in North County.

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North River Farms Goes Back To The Drawing Board

May 27
By Alison St John

A proposal to build an agri-community with hundreds of new homes in Oceanside’s semi-rural farmland is back on the drawing board after the city council put off voting on it last week.

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