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Alison St John

Contributor through February 2019

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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 a news reporter for radio, TV and the web, as well as anchoring, hosting, producing and editing. Before retiring in 2019, Alison focused 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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NRC Questions SoCal Edison Over Corrective Actions At San Onofre Power Plant

Jan. 25
By Alison St John

The NRC held a three-hour webinar Thursday to hear Southern California Edison’s proposed corrective actions, after a near-miss accident halted radioactive waste transfers at San Onofre last year.

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As Residents Debate Safety Of Spent Nuclear Fuel, Power Company Awaits Decision On Storage

Jan. 24
By Alison St John

While the NRC considers whether the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant can resume storing spent nuclear fuel on site, the public is struggling to understand what the worst case scenario would be if something went wrong.

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San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Reacts To State Of The City Address

Jan. 21
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Democrat Chris Ward gives his take on Mayor Kevin Faulconer's State of the City Address, which outlined ways to build more housing in San Diego.

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Encinitas Offers 'Off-The-Shelf' Granny Flat Plans To Save On Permit Fees

Jan. 17
By Alison St John

Encinitas is pioneering a way to make it easier for homeowners to build granny flats on their properties, in hopes that these units will help meet the city’s housing goals.

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San Marcos City Council Appoints New Councilmember

Jan. 17
By Alison St John

The San Marcos City Council voted unanimously to appoint Escondido Assistant City Manager Jay Petrek to fill a vacancy created when city councilwoman Rebecca Jones was elected mayor.

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New County Supervisor Desmond To Prioritize Creation Of Behavioral Health Facility

Jan. 10
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

This year marks major changes on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The five-member board has two new members, including Republican Jim Desmond who replaced Bill Horn to represent District 5. Desmond spoke with Midday Edition Wednesday to discuss his priorities.

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Is Nuclear Power The Best Option To Slow Climate Change?

Jan. 9
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

California is moving away from nuclear power. But a new book is out that says nuclear power is the best tool we have to meet our energy needs and prevent climate change.

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Edison Community Engagement Panel Chair Addresses Safety Concerns At San Onofre

Jan. 9
By Alison St John

Southern California Edison has come under scrutiny for its handling of the spent nuclear fuel at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

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Young SeaSavers Lobby To Ban Kelp Dredging in Scotland

Jan. 8
By Alison St John

On the west coast of Scotland, a group of middle school kids play a role in a successful campaign to stop mechanical dredging of kelp.

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Rep. Mike Levin On His First Days In Congress

Jan. 8
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Congressman Mike Levin, who was elected to represent San Diego County's 49th Congressional District, was sworn into office last week amid one of the longest government shutdowns in recent history.

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