Alison St John
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
California's economic growth is expected to slow in the new year but not as much as the rest of the nation. That's according to the latest economic forecast from the UCLA Anderson School.
With last weekend's stabbing in New York and the attack at a Poway synagogue earlier this year, we get reaction from a local Jewish leader on the spate of anti-Semitic violence.
The North County Transit District plans to begin construction in January on phase four of a multi-year project to stabilize the bluffs next to the railway line through Del Mar.
A new report from the California Legislative Analyst's Office predicts sea level rise will cost many millions of dollars to mitigate. It places much of that responsibility on local governments.
The House of Representatives looks toward the impeachment of President Trump. An investigation into San Diego County's jail system raises concern. SDG&E pushes for change, but how much could it cost customers.
A look at how Spanish-speaking media covered the El Paso mass shooting, 2020 presidential candidates speak at the UnidosUS conference in San Diego, and how a man from Honduras became the first to win asylum under the "Remain in Mexico" policy.
- Aug. 9, 2019
- By Alison St John
Bell, who died last week at his home in Ocean Beach at the age of 77, was known as a visionary environmentalist who ran for mayor four times.
The San Diego Police Department has reportedly viewed streetlight video footage in connection with more than 140 investigations.
- Aug. 1, 2019
- By Alison St John
The California Coastal Commission has encouraged cities to include a strategy called “managed retreat” in their plans to prepare for sea level rise. But the commission may be retreating from that position.
- July 23, 2019
- By Alison St John
A group of Oceanside residents wants to build rock “groins” or jetties to help stabilize the sand that is disappearing from their beaches. It’s a controversial strategy.