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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

Homeless outreach specialist Jessie Angeles Jr....

Council Members Propose Social Workers Oversee Homeless Outreach Instead Of Police

June 3
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Two San Diego council members are proposing using more social workers and fewer police officers to do homeless outreach in the city.

Protesters gathered in Balboa Park where they r...

SDSU, Black Community Groups Organize Events Focused On Healing

June 2
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

As people try to deal with the pain and anger triggered by the death of George Floyd, some are out protesting, others are responding with violence and some are turning to each other to share their feelings and find solidarity.

Protesters marching through to streets of downt...

San Diego Leaders React To Weekend Protests

June 1
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego elected officials responded to the protests in San Diego County this weekend.

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USD Professor Examines Protests And Reasons Behind Them

June 1
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

It's not academic for University of San Diego sociology professor Cid Martinez, who studies the relationship between urban poverty, policing and gun violence in California.

The Cal State San Marcos campus is shown, Feb. ...

CSUSM President Reacts To Proposed State Budget Cuts, Online Fall Semester

May 21
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The 23-campus California State University system is facing a $404 million reduction in funding compared to last year's budget.

A man leaves a grocery store wearing a face mas...

Coronavirus-Related Harassment And Discrimination Impacts Mental Health, Spreads Fear In Asian American Community

May 20
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Thursday afternoon a free virtual community conversation will be offered by Jewish Family Service of San Diego to explore how an increase in discrimination is affecting the mental health of members of the Asian American community.

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In San Diego, As Elsewhere, Reaction To Coronavirus Restrictions Is Political

May 19
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

Reaction to the various ways of dealing with the coronavirus — wearing masks, staying home, going to the beach, protesting — is often along political lines in San Diego County as elsewhere in the U.S.

Two people out enjoying the open space in Kensi...

San Diego's Poet Laureate Wants To Read Your Pandemic Poetry

May 19
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

San Diego’s recently appointed poet laureate is encouraging San Diegans to process how they're feeling by writing a poem.

In this April 23, 2020 file photo, members of t...

Survey Shows Employees Want To Keep Working From Home

May 11
By Alison St John

The survey by a Carlsbad-based consulting company says more than three-quarters of respondents want to continue to work from home at least some of the time after the coronavirus pandemic is over.

UC San Diego Anthony Davis in an undated photo.

UC San Diego's Anthony Davis Wins Pulitzer For Central Park Five Opera

May 7
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

Anthony Davis, UC San Diego professor of music, has won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2016 opera The Central Park Five.

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