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

County’s smartphones at risk for break-ins, audit finds

Raft of unused devices run up steep monthly tab for taxpayers

"The noblest motive is the public good," is San Diego County's motto, but when it comes to keeping track of the county's smartphones, it might better be replaced by “watch your back," a newly released ...

Coronado’s Clintonian legacy

Bill is doing the heavy lifting here

Hillary Clinton has been conspicuously absent from San Diego’s hustings during the weeks leading up to the California primary. Instead, her husband, former president Bill Clinton, is doing the heavy lifting here. His latest trip ...

Lobbying loyalties

Corps of them haunt city hall

The corps of lobbyists haunting San Diego’s city hall didn’t pull down quite as much money in 2015 as they did the year before. An accounting by the city’s ethics commission reveals that registered influence-peddlers ...

Will latest U-T deal replace reporters with robots?

Artificial intelligence and "machine vision" tied to Tribune's Soon-Shiong deal

More twisting in the wind seems ahead for the besieged staff of the Union-Tribune as yet another Los Angeles billionaire joins the cast of characters on the big-money merry-go-round otherwise known as Chicago's Tribune Publishing. ...

Another day, another $750,000 for Chargers' stadium cause

NFL team's spending could top all records for special-interest ballot campaigns

How much will Chargers owner Dean Spanos end up spending to place on the ballot his proposed $1.8 billion stadium, subsidized by a tax hike on San Diego hotel rooms? Likely a number to blow ...

Friends of Eli make broad pitch to change paper owners

L.A. hedge fund pushes for Union-Tribune chain sale to Gannett

It wasn't very long ago that Fox News media mogul Rupert Murdoch was predicting that the L.A. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune would soon be in the hands of fellow billionaire Eli Broad. But Murdoch's ...

Toni and Todd’s whale grease

Seeing SeaWorld for free

SeaWorld, besieged by animal-rights proponents who have forced a radical change in course for San Diego’s venerable whale emporium, remains popular as a free ticket destination for California lawmakers and staffers. As controversy over captive ...

Suite spots

Lots of cutting-edge activity for the 2016 San Diego elections

The GOP Lincoln Club, backing Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer’s reelection bid this June, has spent $278,672 for the cause, through April 23, according to an April 27 disclosure report. Expenses include “slate mail” worth $257,147 ...

Could Chargers fan boycott cripple hotel magnates?

War of the super-rich looms in downtown stadium versus hotel subsidies

"More than a stadium" is a rallying cry of the multimillion-dollar campaign to get a proposed $1.8 billion combined Chargers and convention venue on the ballot for November. Now, note observers of San Diego's peculiar ...

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