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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 a news reporter for radio, TV and the web, as well as anchoring, hosting, producing and editing. She now focuses on stories about North County and is 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'S Preliminary Report On San Onofre 'Near Miss' Finds Oversight Lacking

Oct. 22
By Alison St John

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a preliminary report on a “near miss” accident at the San Onofre nuclear power plant and criticizes SoCal Edison for its procedures and oversight.

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Critics: San Diego International Airport Needs Local Transit Connections

Oct. 17
By Alison St John

The San Diego International Airport Authority is coming under fire for planning a major expansion of Terminal One, without planning better ways to get there by public transit.

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Democrats Look To Flip 49th Congressional Seat After 18 Years Of Republican Issa

Oct. 17
By Alison St John

The 49th Congressional District race is at the tip of the spear of Democratic efforts to gain control of the House in November.

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Carlsbad Mayor's Race Offers Voters Different Visions

Oct. 9
By Alison St John

Voters in Carlsbad will choose between two candidates for mayor who offer very different visions for the future. It’s a race that offers Carlsbad voters a break with tradition.

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Rally At Belly Up To Protest San Onofre Nuclear Waste Storage

Oct. 8
By Alison St John

A rally Monday night at the Belly Up aims to raise public awareness about the dangers of continuing to transfer radioactive nuclear waste from spent fuel pools at San Onofre to vertical concrete bunkers near the beach.

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Battle Over North County Housing Development Enters New Phase

Oct. 5
By Alison St John

Signature gatherers are out and about again, working to qualify another referendum for the 2020 ballot. Opponents of Newland Sierra, a major new housing development north of San Marcos, hope to overturn the San Diego County Supervisors approval.

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Candidates Stake Out Opposing Positions In 49th Congressional Debate

Oct. 3
By Alison St John

The candidates for the 49th congressional district, Republican Diane Harkey and Democrat Mike Levin, squared off in their first televised debate this week on NBC.

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Fate Of North County Housing Development Rests With San Diego Supervisors

Sept. 25
By Alison St John

The largest housing development proposed in North County comes up for a vote before the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday. Newland Sierra would build more than 2,000 homes in an area known for its wildlife and quiet retreat centers.

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Mike Levin Discusses Priorities, Issues In 49th Congressional Race

Sept. 18
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Democrat Mike Levin, an environmental attorney from Orange County, is running against Republican Diane Harkey, a member of the State Board of Equalization, in the race to replace Darrell Issa.

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Judge Issues Tentative Ruling On Carbon Offsets For New Development

Sept. 13
By Alison St John

San Diego County’s plans to approve thousands of new homes this summer could be hampered by a court’s tentative ruling this week.

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