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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

Medical professionals administer COVID-19 vacci...

San Diego Health Care Professionals Worry About Vaccine Supply

Feb. 25
By John Carroll

Hundreds of thousands of people will become eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks. Health care professionals worry the supply won't be there to vaccinate all of them.

Restaurant workers in Old Town San Diego wear f...

Effort Underway To Expand Paid Sick Leave For California Workers

Feb. 24
By John Carroll

Right now, California mandates three days of paid sick leave for workers. But San Diego Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez says in the age of COVID-19, that needs to be expanded to two weeks.

Sapphire, a 200 pound loggerhead turtle, swims ...

Chula Vista Wildlife Refuge Builds Custom Wetsuit To Help Sea Turtle Regain Its Buoyancy

Feb. 23
By John Carroll

A 200-pound loggerhead turtle at the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista was having problems with her buoyancy. One of the center's animal care specialists had the answer. A custom wetsuit.

A long line of people waiting to get tested at ...

University Of San Diego Institutes Stay-On-Campus Order Due To COVID-19 Spike

Feb. 12
By City News Service, John Carroll

University of San Diego has instituted a stay-on-campus order through the end of the month due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases, which school officials largely attribute to off-campus parties and social events, the university announced Friday.

The Grandstands and the Del Mar racetrack July ...

New Vaccination Super Station On The Way As State Announces Progress In Slowing COVID-19

Feb. 10
By John Carroll

San Diego County will get its sixth super station vaccination site on Friday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. That news came on the same day Gov. Newsom announced progress in knocking down COVID-19 infections in California.

Road work on Meade Avenue in San Diego’s Univer...

San Diego Has Little Money To Fix Its Expensive Infrastructure Problem

Feb. 9
By John Carroll

Over the next five years, the city estimates it has $5.7 billion worth of infrastructure needs.

Real estate signs advertise the sale of three h...

Prop. 19 To Bring Big Changes To Property Tax Law Beginning Feb. 16

Feb. 4
By John Carroll

It was billed as a way to help people who lost their homes in wildfires and other disasters. But Proposition 19 is much more than that. It could cost Californians who inherit property thousands of dollars in property taxes.

A man gets the COVID-19 vaccine at San Diego Co...

UC San Diego Infectious Disease Modeler Warns Of New Variant Spread In San Diego County

Jan. 27
By John Carroll

A UC San Diego infectious disease modeler is sounding the alarm of the fast spread of the U.K. COVID-19 variant in San Diego County.

The interior of London Nail Spa in Point Loma i...

'I Feel Relief': San Diego Business Owners On Ever-Changing COVID-19 Reopenings

Jan. 26
By John Carroll

Despite being rid of the stay-at-home order, and being allowed outdoor dining, some business owners are still wary as they reflect on the tough times of pandemic.

Carl Solomon, Senior Director of Environmental ...

Seniors Struggle To Make Vaccination Appointments; County Works To Smooth Process

Jan. 21
By John Carroll

Ever since the County opened up COVID-19 vaccines to those 75 and older, KPBS has been hearing from seniors about the difficulty of getting an appointment online.

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Stories featuring work by John Carroll

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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.