Matt Potter

Matt Potter
Matt Potter has been a staff writer and editor at the San Diego Reader since 1989. He reports on politics and local institutions such as the Union-Tribune, UCSD, SDSU, and the City and County of San Diego.

He is the author of the weekly Under the Radar column.

Besides breaking the Cheetahs corruption story a year before the FBI raided the offices of the San Diego city council, he has written extensively on governance, medical ethics, and human experimentation issues at the University of California San Diego.

Some of his stories from the pre-internet archives:

June 1, 1989 The Egg Women (Mayor O'Connor, Joan Kroc, Helen Copley, and the Faberge eggs)

April, 25, 1991 Mayor Moves to Create Death Valley-like Wasteland in Point Loma (O'Connor house landscaping)

June 20, 1991 A Son by Any Other Name (Helen Copley's adoption of son David revealed)

Aug. 8, 1996 Welcome, GOP Delegates to San Diego, City of Shame

May 22, 1997 La Jolla Gentlemen and the Party Boy (secrets of Andrew Cunanan, gay serial killer)

Be sure to save the story file to your desktop and zoom in to read the text.

Some other notable Potter stories (in digital form):

Oct. 25, 2001 Did Bin Laden's Brother Lead a Secret Life in San Diego?

Nov. 29, 2001 Did Casey Gwinn Try to Get Don Bauder Fired? (City Attorney vs. tough reporter)

July 31, 2003 Fun with Ralph (Inzunza's eating companions at Dobson's)

Latest Articles

Charter-school backer buys hefty stake in Union-Tribune

Michael Ferro latest player in high-dollar Chicago boardroom political poker

Be it the wandering football team or the fate of the hometown newspaper, rank-and-file San Diegans are usually the last to know about the behind-the-scenes wheeling-and-dealing of their billionaire owners. Arguably there is more popular ...

Roosevelt called Lindbergh a Nazi

Air and Space Museum needs a new display

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, operator of Lindbergh Field, is looking to replace its Lindbergh history display in the lobby of Balboa Park’s Air and Space Museum with a trendier and possibly more ...

San Diego overcharged FEMA $1.2 million for disaster

Bogus recycling costs called out by U.S Homeland Security audit

Just as the city is wrestling with issues of falling trees in the wake of the latest storm, a Homeland Security Department audit of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (known as FEMA) says officials here ...

Austin Beutner is back, kind of

From Inglewood, with glasses

Last May, when Chicago-based Tribune Publishing bought the San Diego Union-Tribune from developer Douglas Manchester, Austin Beutner seemed poised to take the city by storm. Appointed publisher of both the U-T and the Los Angeles ...

Tarnished trustee departure begets costly politics

Foster finally leaves, big-money campaign to follow

Let the frantic fundraising begin. That's the inside scoop following word that San Diego school-board Democrat Marne Foster has resigned her seat after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor political-reform act violation related to solicitation of ...

Could San Diego voters kill Raiders and Moores schemes?

1998's Proposition E and the fallout of mandatory stadium subsidy voting

Dean Spanos and hired gun Mark Fabiani may be finally headed for L.A., but whether the Chargers go or not, plans to use public money to build a new stadium here for them, the Oakland ...

David Copley’s fixer-upper

Historic designation debatable

Another ex-Union-Tribune owner, real estate developer Douglas Manchester, has carried his connection with the paper’s onetime owner, Helen Copley, to the next level, having bought the late publisher’s Fox Hill estate in La Jolla for ...

J.P. McManus fights tax

Gored by the IRS after gambling payday

Alec Gores, brother of onetime San Diego Union-Tribune owner Tom Gores, came out a big loser in a round of betting with Irish billionaire J.P. McManus, but McManus is still fighting to hold on to ...

K.C. gun-for-hire has mayor’s back

Cash-laden special-interest fund raises $610,000 for Faulconer’s cause

As erstwhile Democrat Lori Saldaña prepares to make a widely anticipated announcement of her mayoral candidacy this Thursday, a hired gun from Missouri has hit the ground running here on behalf of Republican incumbent Kevin ...

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