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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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Ruling: Encinitas Required To Adopt A State-Approved Housing Plan

Dec. 14
By Alison St John

A Superior Court judge issued his final ruling this week, that Encinitas City Council must come up with a housing plan that meets state approved targets for affordable housing within the next four months.

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Bluffs Along Del Mar Train Tracks Present Dilemma For Transit Authorities

Dec. 13
By Alison St John

The North County Transit District is hoping to hear this month about an $18 million federal grant that would help stabilize crumbling bluffs next to the railway line through Del Mar. It would cost billions to move the tracks to safer ground inland.

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In Wake Of Accident, Encinitas Mayor Calls For Speedier Action On Bike Safety Improvements

Dec. 13
By Alison St John

In response to a serious bicycle accident on Highway 101 this week, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear is calling for speedy action on improving bike safety measures.

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San Diego's Regional Transit Board To Have Bi-Partisan Leadership In 2019

Nov. 23
By Alison St John

Two North County mayors will serve as chair and vice chair of the board of San Diego’s regional transportation planning agency: the Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, a Republican, and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, a Democrat.

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Wildfire Fatalities Spark Fears About Recent Land Use Decisions In San Diego

Nov. 20
By Alison St John

The death toll in the California wildfires this year has fanned the flame of fears about new housing developments being approved in San Diego’s unincorporated areas.

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The 'Blue Wave' Laps At Escondido's Shores

Nov. 15
By Alison St John

In what appears to be an unexpected political upset in North County, the latest vote count shows Escondido Mayor Sam Abed losing his seat to political newcomer Paul McNamara.

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Encinitas Faces Court Order, Assuming Measure U Failed

Nov. 14
By Alison St John

A Superior Court judge will decide whether the city of Encinitas is in violation of state housing law, now that voters appear to have failed to pass Measure U in last week’s election.

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Flip the 49th Campaign Accomplishes Its Goal: Gets Democrat Elected

Nov. 8
By Alison St John

Democrat Mike Levin’s victory in the 49th Congressional District was the product of two years of community organizing by the group Flip the 49th. The group's campaign did things a little differently from most political campaigns.

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NRC Investigator Cites 'Inattentiveness' For Near Accident At San Onofre Power Plant

Nov. 9
By Alison St John

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held its first public webinar Thursday, to take questions about a near miss accident at the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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Here's Your Election Results Roundup Of Six North County Mayoral Elections

Nov. 7
By Alison St John

Mayors in North County cities have sometimes run unopposed, but this year, five incumbent mayors faced challengers and a sixth is retiring.

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