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

Let them eat steak, Union-Tribune's master proclaims

Black box with c-note and golden deck of cards invites Chicago's super-rich to birthday bash

The San Diego Union-Tribune's corporate owner, infamously known as tronc, may soon be sold — or not, depending on who is doing the talking — but one thing seems certain: tronc’s current honcho Michael Ferro ...

Military-Industrial complex infiltrates Comic-Con

Manchurian Candidate mind-control contractor hypes wares at fantasy fest

In what might be a page from the script of a sci-fi action-adventure flick, a super-stealthy San Diego military contractor with big funding from U.S. taxpayers has emerged from the shadows at this week's Comic-Con ...

Lori’s loan

Saldaña needs your help with campaign debts

Democrat-turned-independent Lori Saldaña, who placed third in last month’s race for San Diego mayor, is looking for more campaign cash for a low-five-figure post-election personal payback. “I will formally close my campaign account at the ...

All the mayor’s moneyed friends

North County’s Issa has been active

A high-dollar charity blow-out “honoring” San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer three days before San Diego’s June 7 mayoral election drew a bevy of the city’s wealthiest politicos and special interests, according to a behested payment ...

Should Comic-Con fans stay home?

Heavily costumed revelers could pose public safety threat, transit official says

Could this year's Comic-Con turn into a first-person shooter for real? Just how much overtime is being paid and what kind of technical wizardry is being deployed by San Diego police to keep the event ...

Amidst Jacobs family crack-ups, can charity prevail?

Facing fight over park bulldozing, San Diego's richest man endures domestic ruptures

Word that a son of La Jolla billionaire Democrat Irwin Jacobs is behind the port district's controversial plan to demolish Seaport Village has come quickly on the heels of the elder Jacobs's own backroom deal ...

Parsing Parsky’s billions

The California Hedge Clippers get to work

Longtime Rancho Santa Fe resident and Cayman Islands tax-haven figure Gerald Parsky, who in 2006 bitterly battled a new school in the wealthy enclave north of San Diego, is now in the crosshairs of a ...

Stadium crashers

“Jobs and Streets First!”

The political committee set up to defeat the Chargers drive to build a downtown, taxpayer-subsidized stadium and meeting complex finally has a name: “No Downtown Stadium – Jobs and Streets First!” More interesting to local ...

Smartphones smuggled into prison

Can you hear me now?

Gone is the era when hacksaws were smuggled into prisons via cakes and other baked goods produced by wives and grandmothers. These days, the contraband items of choice are smartphones and the tiny subscriber identification ...

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