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

Big cash for Myrtle Cole from Mission Valley

Legal defense fund reaps well-timed money before stadium vote

How important is cash on the barrelhead to members of the San Diego City Council? Plenty, judging by the latest batch of financial disclosure reports delivered over the weekend to the city clerk's office. One ...

Beutner’s U-T opinion role minimal, editorial chief says

L.A.-based publisher not exercising previously touted clout, interview asserts

Each new publisher who takes over the chronically dissipating San Diego Union-Tribune seems to have Charles Foster Kane at the back of their minds. “I will provide the people of this city with a daily ...

Opponentless mayor backed by $1.2 million

Cash flows to San Diego's Faulconer from many wealthy directions.

On the heels of a report from the University of Southern California chiding San Diego's wealthy establishment for running the town as an "exclusionary enterprise" for big money special interests, campaign reporting season has arrived, ...

Bombs away from USC against San Diego insiders

L.A. report calls San Diego establishment an “exclusionary enterprise.”

Call it the University of Southern California's revenge. The wealthy and politically powerful school to the north has lately been hitting some setbacks to its advance on San Diego. The most prominent of which, the ...

Political DIY money

As next year’s election season looms ever closer, a couple of local politicos are lining up to place substantial cash bets on themselves. San Diego Republican city councilman Mark Kersey, who didn’t have an opponent ...

It’s raining PR

With San Diego’s water rates set to rise and supply cuts ever growing, that $1.6 million, off-again, on-again public relations contract being issued by Kevin Faulconer to hype his status as the anti-drought mayor is ...

SeaWorld cash, the U-T, and Gloria's endorsement

Beutner-backed Orca park funds Democrat's Assembly bid

Running for the California Assembly from a San Diego city council seat has its advantages, including being up close and personal with the wealthy tenants of a raft of city-owned real estate. In the case ...

Fat arena subsidy good news for Qualcomm chief

Sacramento billboard law "carve-outs" to keep Kings ruled legal by judge

If Kevin Faulconer's Mission Valley stadium environmental impact report case ever gets to court, the mayor may want to consider having it heard in Sacramento. Those still following the Republican's tortured struggle with the Chargers ...

Faulconer's political guru out as stadium lobbyist

Hit by Chargers on ethics grounds, Roe delisted as influence peddler.

Kevin Faulconer's political brain has left the torrid kitchen of city hall influence peddling, but he may not have gone far, based on a July 23 filing with the city clerk's office. As first reported ...

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