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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

Tease photo for Summer Music: Indian K Explores His I...

Summer Music: Indian K Explores His Identity In 'Duality 2'

Sept. 17
By Alison St John, Kurt Kohnen

The hip-hop artist Indian K is a member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. He spent the early part of his childhood living on his tribe’s reservation. His life has taken him on a long and winding road through foster care and prison and back into the community as a respected musician.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove, left, o...

Sen. Toni Atkins Reflects On 'Most Difficult Year' In The Legislature

Sept. 15
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The turmoil surrounding COVID-19 touched everything this year, including California's State Legislature. When the Senate and Assembly wrapped up their sessions in August, many closely watched bills failed to get the votes they needed to pass.

Preschool students at the Jeff and Deni Jacobs ...

KPBS Event Delves Into Childcare Crisis

Sept. 10
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

A virtual panel discussion on the topic takes place Thursday night at 7 p.m. It's free and open to the public.

A home in the El Cerrito neighborhood of San Di...

Rooftop Solar And Energy Storage Units Could Help During Emergency Blackouts

Sept. 9
By Alison St John

With the ongoing threat of blackouts, some people now have questions about whether it's worth getting solar panels and energy storage batteries.

Thin single-use plastic bags, like this one in ...

The University Of California Is Taking The Lead On Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics

Sept. 8
By Alison St John

Legislation to reduce single-use plastics failed to pass the California Legislature this year, but the University of California has committed to phasing out single use plastics on its 10 campuses in the next ten years.

Coronavirus testing at the San Diego county lab...

San Diego County Releases Limited Coronavirus Outbreak Data

Sept. 4
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

There have been more than 240 community coronavirus outbreaks since the start of the pandemic in San Diego County, according to a new list released Thursday by the county.

Songwriter Al Howard and his mom Marian in an u...

Summer Music: San Diego Songwriter Alfred Howard Teams Up With His Mom For New Project

Sept. 3
By Alison St John, Julia Dixon Evans, Kurt Kohnen

As part of a new multimedia project, Alfred Howard is writing 100 songs — each one accompanied by an original watercolor painting by his mother.

A for sale sign in from of a home in Chula Vist...

In The Midst Of The Pandemic, San Diego Home Prices Keep On Rising

Sept. 1
By Alison St John

In spite of job losses and high unemployment, the median price of a single family home in San Diego County is still rising, hitting an all-time high of $700,000 in July.

An undated photo of San Diego musician Jesus Go...

Summer Music: How Nature Inspires Musician Jesus Gonzalez

Aug. 20
By Alison St John, Kurt Kohnen

Gonzalez, who is known for his experimental style and looping techniques, joined Midday Edition on Thursday as part of our annual summer music series.

The ocean washes over rocks that are designed t...

State Urges Officials Not To Postpone Planning For Sea-Level Rise

Aug. 18
By Alison St John

A California report urges local and state governments not to get distracted by COVID-19 from planning ahead for rising seas.

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