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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

Over 85 percent of fentanyl seizures at San Diego border

Border Patrol’s fentanyl follies The U. S. Border Patrol is sitting on a vast horde of deadly illegal drugs collected over two decades, creating significant risks to the safety and security of the agency’s sprawling ...

April 14, 2021
Infamous Las Vegas name behind $1500 in Gloria post-election cash

San Diego and Las Vegas have had a long, wild history together. Besides the mobbed-up Moe Dalitz's La Costa resorts, San Diego County has played host to marginal figures who became Vegas notables, including Dalitz ...

April 12, 2021
San Diego's 36 storm drain tunnels add to border woes

Human flood detection Since the border between the U.S. and Mexico is once again an immigration battleground, the war to staunch the flow of undocumented crossers from Mexico to San Diego is being fought in ...

April 7, 2021
County taxpayers may foot bill for Lawson-Remer's ex-Faulconer aide

Whether Democrat or Republican, San Diego politicos are infamous for taking care of each other at local taxpayers' expense. Freshman San Diego County supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, widely billed as a liberal Democrat, furnishes the latest ...

April 6, 2021
Union-Tribune's new voice from the north is Soon-Shiong's daughter

While staffers nervously speculate whether Union-Tribune owner Patrick Soon-Shiong will block the purchase of Chicago-based Tribune Publishing by hedge fund Alden Capital, the usually muted billionaire has unleashed his fury against American racism. Thursday's rebuke ...

April 5, 2021
Sara Jacobs and her Tetra Tech stock

Fraud on the House A controversial radioactive waste cleanup and rainforest restoration contractor accused by the U.S. government of faking soil tests and related fraud at San Francisco’s Treasure Island Navy base has turned up ...

March 31, 2021
Exec’s talk fuels more rumors of Union-Tribune's doom

A widely anticipated "all hands" California Times staff meeting on Thursday failed to produce any good news other than a declaration by president Chris Argentieri that the Los Angeles Times was closer to the end ...

March 29, 2021
A chip off Faulconer’s donor

A Bakersfield-based potato magnate has kicked in $32,400 to the putative California gubernatorial campaign of ex-San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, bringing fresh attention to domestic violence allegations bought against his partner and fellow San Joaquin ...

March 25, 2021
Fletcher family pathos, how Sol Price founded Costco, mafioso Alan Glick

What Happened? A Pioneer Family's Tragedy While Beatrice and Eric were talking about packing up and going home, the phone rang. It was Dan Bridge, his father’s old friend and a childhood friend of Walter ...

March 21, 2021
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