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

Nathan Fletcher files for divorce

Fairy-tale political marriage on the rocks, documents show

It was San Diego’s fairy-tale political union of a war-torn decade. "President George Bush gave his blessing to the recent engagement of Nathan Fletcher, who heads Rep. Duke Cunningham's San Diego district office, to Mindy ...

Manchester’s U-T joins Briggs fray

Newspaper fails to mention publisher’s role on defendant’s board

As the confrontation between city attorney Jan Goldsmith and Cory Briggs over the city’s so-called Tourism Management District heats up, another local media player has entered the fray without revealing a key link to the ...

Media spin and legal drama merge in Briggs battle

Goldsmith's courthouse warriors score hits with SDSU's TV station

This week's bitter legal skirmish between Cory Briggs and Republican city attorney Jan Goldsmith has been long in the making. A series of reports broadcast this week by San Diego State University's public television station ...

Vanity press

The La Jolla Light, owned by mega-millionaire Douglas F. Manchester, is out with a glowing filial profile of the U-T publisher and the hotel he is building in Austin, Texas. “For Manchester, the venture is ...

Lucchino’s big crash

Larry Lucchino, famous for getting the Padres a taxpayer-subsidized downtown ballpark, is experiencing a bit of a rough patch in Boston, where he has long run the baseball team for a group of wealthy investors. ...

La Jolla’s Marco moment

Republican senator Marco Rubio isn’t giving up on his putative bid for the Republican presidential nomination, even as fellow Floridian Jeb Bush tries to clear the field for his own ambitions. While U-T San Diego ...

Hired guns to the rich and famous

Celebrities Concierge & Staffing Services, a Beverly Hills–based personal service agency with an office in San Diego, is out with a new offering: hired guns. “We know our clients don’t want to compromise on their ...

Charity begins at home for Solana Beach councilman

SDSU's old boy networking cleared by California political watchdog

The sometimes-controversial role of nonprofit influence in San Diego politics has gained a new level of prominence with word that the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has cleared a Solana Beach councilman to vote on ...

Tale of two sleazes

As team blasts Faulconer’s integrity, Chargers' new town has own ethics issues

Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani has a nose for things fishy. Citing our story about the for-profit lobbying activity of Faulconer's political guru Jason Roe, Fabiani questioned Roe's association with the mayor's stadium task force. ...

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