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

Five percent of U-T’s parent acquired by buyer with Chinese ties

San Diego newspaper China syndrome: meltdown or survival?

Could the San Diego Union-Tribune, the once proud, Republican daily newspaper of America's heretofore impregnable Navy bastion, fall under the sway of unidentified investors led by a China-linked money manager? The question is raised by ...

Ex-Wilson aide and USC honcho says no ulterior motives in anti-Tribune campaign

From L.A. to Chicago, not so much love

With the epic battle for control of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune raging on, a well-known L.A. political player and University of Southern California honcho with ties to Pete Wilson — who ...

Fundraising work is never done

Drinks, politics, and Scott Peters

Douglas Manchester may be out as a Republican media baron, but the fundraising work of Democrat Scott Peters, who last year beat back GOP ex-city councilman Carl DeMaio in one of the region’s nastiest congressional ...

Disappointed Rick Perry donors

Young wives club

Now that former Texas governor Rick Perry has dropped out of the Republican presidential derby, some San Diego–linked big-money donors to his cause will have a bit more than loose change to devote to other ...

Does Union-Tribune face a digital dearth?

Bond-rater jumps on L.A. Times and U-T parent for missing online boat

It may be regarded by some as piling on, but Moody's Investors Service, the Wall Street debt-rating outfit, has come out with the latest hit against Tribune Publishing, parent company of the San Diego Union-Tribune. ...

Student dishonesty and alcohol use spiked at Sun God 2015

Snoop Dogg's UCSD festival posts boozy numbers, report says

Unlike 2014's overdose demise of student Ricardo "Ricky" Ambriz, there were no reported deaths this year at UCSD's notoriously rowdy Sun God Festival, held on campus each May. But despite attempts by administrators to clamp ...

Will Soon-Shiong grab San Diego’s U-T?

Mega-billionaire medic surfaces in war for Southern California news empire

As speculation continues regarding the putative takeover of the L.A. Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune by Los Angeles billionaire Eli Broad, other would-be suitors are emerging who could challenge the wealthy Democrat in a ...

San Diego sheriff's costly overtime overpay

Nearly half of sampled approval records missing and can't be verified

San Diego taxpayers may have been taken for a costly ride over excess overtime pay awarded to county workers, including those in the sheriff's department, says a newly released August 21 report by county chief ...

Juan Vargas passes the contribution hat again

Leadership amok

Democratic congressman Juan Vargas has been passing his campaign-contribution hat again. An invitation circulated to Washington lobbyists for an hourlong 8:30 a.m. September 18 breakfast event at Johnny’s Half Shell on North Capitol Street Northwest ...

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