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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

San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore at the...

As SDPD Stops Using Carotid Restraint, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore Opposes Banning It

June 2
By John Carroll

They've defended its use for years, but now San Diego police will no longer use the carotid neck restraint hold. San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore says that's a mistake.

Members of the Racial Justice Coalition of San ...

San Diego Racial Justice Group Gets Zoom Bombed While Calling For End To Neck Restraints

May 29
By John Carroll

The Racial Justice Coalition's virtual news conference was suddenly interrupted by racist comments.

South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vi...

South Bay Church's Lawsuit Heads To Supreme Court After Rejection At 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals

May 26
By John Carroll

South Bay church's lawsuit heads to the Supreme Court after being rejected by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vi...

Chula Vista Church Sues Newsom Over Reopening; Other Religious Leaders Agree With Governor

May 23
By John Carroll

A Chula Vista church is suing Gov. Gavin Newsom because he has yet to include churches in organizations being allowed to reopen. But other local religious leaders agree with the Governor.

Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten speaks a...

Some North County Leaders Want To Reopen Businesses; County Says It's Still Too Early

April 25
By John Carroll

As cities up and down the county reopen beaches, some north county leaders want to go further. But they're meeting resistance from the county.

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

With Good Weather, Relaxing Of Coronavirus Rules, San Diegans Enjoy Parks For First Time In Weeks

April 21
By John Carroll

After Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a partial reopening of some parks on Monday, KPBS news teams found lots of San Diegans out enjoying the day.

Donnell Branch, right, raises his hand in his P...

Arts Program For Children Works To Adapt Now That Schools Are Closed

March 27
By John Carroll

San Diego arts programs have been struggling under the coronavirus shutdowns. That includes arts education programs for kids. One that's been around for more than 55 years is working to adapt to the new reality.

A pedestrian surrounded by cars crosses El Cajo...

San Diego's Somali Community Desperate For Help As Coronavirus Takes Financial Toll

March 26
By John Carroll

San Diego is home to the second-largest Somali community in the United States. Financially, they've been hit hard by the coronavirus, and they face a big barrier when it comes to asking for help.

A bag of cat food from the San Diego Human Soci...

Humane Society Responds To COVID-19 Shortages With Pet Food Distribution

March 24
By John Carroll

The Humane Society is distributing 70,000 pounds of pet food and supplies across the county.

KPBS Midday Edition hosts a call-in show on the...

Coping In The Age Of Coronavirus: Experts Share Advice On Adjusting To A New Reality

March 20
By Jade Hindmon, John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

Coronavirus is affecting all of us and it can get overwhelming. We hear from experts with advice on how to cope, maybe even find some silver linings in this time of crisis.

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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
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
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.