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Alison St John


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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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Tips To Avoid Scams While Shopping Online

Nov. 27, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Michelle Singletary writes about personal finances for The Washington Post and joins Midday Edition on Friday with tips on protecting our financial wellbeing when shopping online.

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Caring For Our Mental Health During A Pandemic Holiday Season

Nov. 25, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

According to a CDC study, more than 2 in 5 Americans have said they are experiencing mental health issues associated with the pandemic.


A Pause In San Diego Housing Market Price Increases May Be Temporary

Nov. 24, 2020
By Alison St John

San Diego home prices have continued their upward climb for most of the pandemic, but recent figures suggest they stalled last month.

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Coaster Train Will Go To San Diego Convention Center

Nov. 24, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo or LOSSAN rail corridor through Los Angeles and San Diego is the second busiest rail corridor in the country. If extended, people from LA or North San Diego County could buy a ticket to a Padres game, or Comic-Con and arrive on the doorstep of those events by train.

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Food Alliance Seeks Paradigm Shift For San Diego's Food Supply

Nov. 23, 2020
By Alison St John

A consortium of more than 100 organizations in San Diego is working on a plan — a kind of paradigm shift — a new vision of how to make sustainable food sources more available to all San Diegans. The group wants your feedback on the plan before Thanksgiving.

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San Diego's Budget Projections Have Coronavirus Written All Over Them

Nov. 23, 2020
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

The two biggest sources of city revenue, sales taxes and hotel taxes, have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and are likely to remain ailing for some time.

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Robotic Floats Will Collect New Data On How Climate Change Is Affecting Our Oceans

Nov. 16, 2020
By Alison St John

Scripps Institution of Oceanography is part of a consortium that will deploy 500 new robotic floats, to collect data about what is going on under the surface of the ocean as the planet warms.

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Port of San Diego's Plan: 34 Miles To Redesign

Nov. 16, 2020
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

The draft of the newly Revised Port Master Plan Update ditches hundreds of new hotel rooms, postpones the redevelopment of Seaport Village and adds a new way for big trucks to avoid Barrio Logan on their way north.

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Roundtable: Tighter COVID-19 Restrictions Return To San Diego

Nov. 13, 2020
By Alison St John, Bennett Lacy

Many local businesses will be forced to reduce capacity as San Diego slides into the state's most restrictive COVID-19 operating tier, women running for political office in San Diego County tell their stories about confronting receiving threats and harassment on social media, and artists go to court to preserve murals slated for demolition at a middle school in Logan Heights.

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San Diego City College Class Trains Homeless Services Workforce

Nov. 12, 2020
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The San Diego Housing Commission worked with the college to create the class that will train future housing coordinators, peer mentors and case managers within homeless services organizations.

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