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 notable Potter stories:

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)

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)

Articles by Matt Potter

Butkiewicz gets free ride on Teamsters deal

Water board member and labor czar held unconflicted

A mentor of Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher wants back on to the payroll of the troubled San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, raising conflict of interest questions regarding his current gig on the board of ...

Faulconer’s mid-summer S.F. daydream

“One of California’s rising stars...”

GOP San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has generally sworn off seeking higher office anytime soon, is popping up August 15 to sing his own praises at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. “He has ...

Now they tell us

San Diego stories of Democrat opposition-research

Word that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian emissary last year in an effort to find negative information on Hillary Clinton has the New York Times digging up San Diego–linked stories of opposition research ...

San Diego’s on for Ossoff

Most expensive House race in history

Georgia Republicans handily beat back an attempt by Democratic documentarian Jon Ossoff to wrest that state’s Sixth District congressional seat from the GOP’s Karen Handel. The victory was in part due to pro-Handel television commercials ...

U-T turning its stories into collection plates

Paper pledges to donate cut of fundraising to good causes

Bad news arrived in a deluge this week for Chicago-based newspaper company tronc, when the publisher's flagship paper, the Chicago Tribune, was forced by federal antitrust regulators to forgo taking over the Sun-Times in favor ...

Engaging fake news

Want to be a “Political Digital Account Coordinator”?

An opening for “Political Digital Account Coordinator” is being advertised online by downtown San Diego’s Bask Digital Media. “You will work with our Campaign Directors and Account Managers to brainstorm engaging content, write copy for ...

Faulconer’s blowout

SDG&E forked over $4000

It took more than five months, but the identity of a major city-hall special interest that provided some of the scratch to help pay for San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer’s January 12 State of the ...

Ed Fletcher III spends the Fourth in prison

“He heard not only the shots but a woman’s scream.”

The morning after Independence Day, readers of the Union-Tribune were treated to a heart-warming front-page feature and three-minute video about an influential local family’s 92nd annual reunion at their oceanfront retreat in Del Mar. “For ...

Mayor’s top aides swap special interest places

City hall hit by revolving-door influence peddling

With mid-summer doldrums setting in, troopers of a lobbying corps that has long been a city hall fixture are replenishing their ranks by means of the ever-spinning door between the administration of mayor Kevin Faulconer ...

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