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John Carroll

General Assignment Reporter & Anchor

John Carroll was born in Long Beach, California. His affinity for the written and spoken word began as a young child. So it followed logically that he studied broadcast journalism at Pepperdine University, having fallen in love with the medium after a high school internship at WMAQ TV in Chicago.

Over the years, John’s profession would take him to Reno, Los Angeles and eventually home to San Diego where he reported at Channel 10 for several years before becoming the weekend anchor/reporter at CW6.

John is thrilled to now be a part of KPBS Radio & TV in his role as a general assignment reporter and Saturday morning radio news anchor. He loves coming up with story ideas that aren't being covered elsewhere, but he’s also ready to cover the breaking news of the day. In addition, he delivers the local news headlines on Saturday mornings during NPR's Weekend Edition. He also lends his talent to the station’s fundraising efforts as part of KPBS’ on-air fundraising team.

Recent Stories by John Carroll

The Ocean Beach Pier is shown on May 7, 2021.

Ocean Beach Businesses Welcome News Of Pier Reopening

May 7
By John Carroll

A few weeks after an engineering report said the OB Pier had reached the end of its service life, the city said it will reopen. Still, its long-term future is anything but certain.

People stand holding a flag to commemorate miss...

San Diego Buildings To Be Lit In Red For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women

May 5
By City News Service, John Carroll

Several of San Diego's most prominent sites will be lit in red Wednesday night in honor of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Day.

KPBS reporter John Carroll speaks with Miguel R...

Santee Father Questioned By Sheriff's Deputies After Changing Daughter's Diaper In Public

April 30
By John Carroll

A Santee father says a Sheriff's Deputy questioned him, including asking him repeatedly if he had a record, after he changed his daughter's diaper at a Santee shopping center.

District 2 resident Sarah Thompson speaks about...

Supervisor Joel Anderson: Too Many Sex Offenders Are Being Placed In East County Homes

April 28
By John Carroll

Too many convicted sex offenders who've served their time are being dumped in East County homes, according to District 2 Supervisor Joel Anderson.


Millions Available For Rental Assistance, But Not Everyone Who Needs It Is Trying To Get It

April 27
By John Carroll

A major effort is underway to get members of the Latinx community to take advantage of tens of millions of dollars to help with rent.

The Museum Of Us, formerly known as the Museum ...

Museum Of Us Is Changing More Than Its Name As It Reopens

April 21
By John Carroll

The Museum of Us, formerly known as the Museum of Man, reopened today for the first time in months. They've made some changes, including one that might surprise you.

Waves crash against the Ocean Beach Pier in San...

Beloved Ocean Beach Pier Faces Uncertain Future

April 16
By John Carroll

It is an icon of Ocean Beach. But a new engineering report shows the OB Pier is in bad shape. It might have to be demolished.

The Shell, San Diego Symphony's new state of th...

San Diego Symphony Prepares To Open 'The Shell'

April 13
By John Carroll

It was supposed to open last year, but then the pandemic hit. Now, the San Diego Symphony is preparing to open its spectacular new waterfront venue, The Shell.

People wait in line for a COVID-19 vaccine outs...

As California Opens Vaccine Eligibility For Those 50-Plus, Supply Problems Persist

March 31
By John Carroll

It's estimated 400,000 people will now be added to the eligibility list.

Cooler, breezier weather on Saturday, May 30, 2...

Effort Underway To Build Bridge In Mission Trails Park After Hiker Drowned

March 26
By John Carroll

Twenty-one year old Max Lenail was an experienced hiker. But the swift waters of the San Diego River were too much on Jan. 29, 2021 and he drowned while trying to cross the river in Mission Trails Regional Park. Now his parents are working to get a bridge built.

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A police officer stands in front of a closed be...

San Diego Coronavirus Deaths Increase By 12, County Advises No Experimental Treatments

April 7, 2020
By City News Service

The new cases are the fewest reported in the county since March 28 and the second fewest in two weeks, but the number of deaths is by far the largest increase since the public health emergency began.

The number of COVID-19 cases on April 22, 2020,...

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In San Diego County Approaches 2,500, Deaths Near 100

April 22, 2020
By City News Service

The county has reported 24 deaths from the respiratory illness over a two-day period, the deadliest two-day stretch since the coronavirus outbreak began.

A sign in front of the Burrito Station in North...

Gov. Newsom Urges People To Avoid Holiday Gatherings

July 2, 2020
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press

Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging Californians to use common sense over the Fourth of July weekend by wearing masks and avoiding traditional gatherings with family and friends. The governor says the state won't be “going into everybody's backyard and enforcing" but people should be safe and thoughtful.