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

Scott Peters gift to Duke just coincidental?

U-T searching for someone to get photos in order

Old school money In the wake of last week’s national college admission scandal, a kingpin of La Jolla’s burgeoning upscale SAT cram school industry went after William Rick Singer, the Newport Beach-based alleged perpetrator of ...

Hawkins Way uses San Diego's Procopio lawyers to lobby city hall for downtown evictions

Beverly Hill firm behind the closing of the Plaza Hotel

As the rush to gentrify downtown San Diego by evicting low-income residents continues apace, the specter of lobbyists pushing clients' projects through city hall and picking up sizable public subsidies is growing. A prime example ...

San Diego cops release streetlight spy cam rules

Video cannot “harass, intimidate, or discriminate against any individual or group”

More than a year after San Diego launched a video and audio surveillance network incorporated into 3200 streetlights, the police department has finally released new rules spelling out how the system is used by law ...

Susan Davis meets with Illumina, Inc., picks up Ilumina stock

Union-Tribune axes Spanish-language Hoy

Work and pleasure mixed House Democrat Susan Davis has been stocking up on holdings of Facebook, the social media giant that critics say needs more federal regulation to reign in its privacy poking. During the ...

KFMB's Elisabeth Kimmel caught in Georgetown admission bribe

$244,000 allegedly paid to tennis coach Gordie Ernst

A former pillar of San Diego's Republican media establishment has wound up as a key figure in the nation's sprawling college admission scam in which wealthy parents allegedly forked over big money to bribe their ...

First public meeting on San Diego's surveillance via streetlight

Move comes after months of inside turmoil, cop concerns

Following months of uncertainty regarding the low-profile rollout of San Diego's so-called smart streetlights, equipped with spy cams, shot-spotters, and related intelligence gathering gear, officials have called a community meeting in Southeastern San Diego to ...

Hacker stalls Port of San Diego's video spy network

"Search capabilities identify men, women, children, and vehicles with speed and precision"

When an unknown hacker brought the Port of San Diego to its knees last September, a key casualty of the ransomware attack was a push by staffers there to assemble a network of 400 video ...

Irwin Jacobs' loyalist Todd Gloria gets his reward

UT unwittingly resurrects Kearny Mesa Sunroad scandal

Irwin’s secret agent “You’re invited to our fundraising kick-off on Thursday, February 28th at the home of Christine Forester,” said an invitation by state Assemblyman and San Diego mayoral candidate Todd Gloria, facing off against ...

Lorena Gonzalez and Nathan Fletcher go to Disneyland for free

Magic Kingdom, NBC Universal, Pebble Beach top yearly political gratuities

It's almost spring, time once again for desert flowers to bloom and the annual appearance of Assembly Democrat Lorena Gonzalez and family members at the gates of Disneyland. Gonzalez – who recently declared she will ...

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