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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

Laurie Yoler, mother of Max Lenail, speaks at M...

San Diego Councilman And Senator Secure $1.5 Million For 'Bridge For Max'

July 22
By City News Service, John Carroll

City Councilman Raul Campillo on Thursday announced $1.5 million in state funding for the "Bridge for Max" initiative to construct a pedestrian and bicycle bridge at the San Diego River Trail Crossing where a 21-year-old man drowned.

In this July 1, 2021, file photo visitors wear ...

San Diego Infectious Disease Expert Advises Indoor Mask Wearing, Even If You're Vaccinated

July 16
By John Carroll

L.A. County has reinstated indoor mask mandates for everyone, including vaccinated people. A San Diego infectious disease expert advises everyone he knows to wear masks indoors too.

Seniors use computers at the Gary & Mary West S...

San Diegans Could Benefit From $5 Billion High-Speed Internet Proposal

July 13
By John Carroll

Gov. Newsom and legislative leaders have agreed on a proposal to spend more than $5 billion to build the infrastructure to bring high-speed internet to underserved communities in both urban and rural areas of California.

A San Diego police car parked in downtown San D...

New California Law Changes How Fatal Police Shootings Of Unarmed People Are Investigated

July 7
By John Carroll

For years, law enforcement agencies investigated when an officer shot and killed an unarmed suspect, and district attorneys decided on charges. Until now.

A photo shows 4th of July fireworks in downtown...

Coronado Gets Ready For Big 4th Of July Celebration

July 2
By John Carroll

With COVID-19 restrictions lifted, holiday traditions return, from fireworks to road races.

Newly retired mail carrier John Piontek poses f...

Longtime Tierrasanta Mail Carrier Saluted After His Final Deliveries

July 2
By John Carroll

John Piontek delivered mail in the Villa Barbados neighborhood for 29 years. On Wednesday, the residents gave him a surprise retirement celebration.

Scripps Mercy Hospital is pictured in Hillcrest...

Medi-Cal Expands Coverage To All Low Income Californians 50 And Over

June 29
By John Carroll

California's new budget expands Medi-Cal to cover all low income people 50 and older, including people in the country without legal permission. The price tag is $1.3 billion.

In San Ysidro on June 24, 2021, National City M...

San Diego Leaders Call For End To Border Restrictions

June 25
By John Carroll

Non-essential border crossings between the U.S. and Mexico are not allowed under COVID-19 restrictions. Local leaders say that is hurting border businesses.

The Rev. Shane Harris, President of the People'...

New System Would Make Giving Testimony At Government Meetings More Efficient

June 23
By John Carroll

Making public comments at government meetings can mean hours of waiting. A San Diego activist is proposing an alternative that's as simple as getting a text message.

The Rev. Shane Harris of the People's Associati...

Civil Rights Leader Calls For Reform Of Local Law Enforcement

June 10
By John Carroll

The Rev. Shane Harris of the People's Association for Justice Advocates says law enforcement in San Diego County is in need of serious reform. He says his organization will soon put out policy suggestions on how to do that.

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Stories featuring work by John Carroll

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.