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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

Sempra funded anti-lobbying attack group against Saldana

When giant Sempra Energy, which maintains one of Sacramento's biggest influence peddling operations, quietly funds a campaign group mailing out anti-lobbyist hit pieces, it must be political season. At the center of the latest political ...

May 18, 2022
Joe Holley gets Pulitzer after leaving San Diego

Editorial sex talk A Pulitzer Prize to the Union-Tribune recognizing the newspaper’s long string of exposes regarding ex-Sheriff Bill Gore’s jail deaths debacle wasn’t to be. But a controversial former editorial chief at The Evening ...

May 18, 2022
Toni Atkins vacuums up $50K from apartment owners

Landlords’ April 26 giving spree As post-pandemic controversy over eviction law still swirls in Sacramento, a political fund benefiting San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins, the state Senate’s Pro Tem, received a hefty contribution of $50,000 ...

May 11, 2022
Netflix down, Union-Tribune up?

Will an abrupt cool-down of L.A.'s red hot studio-building boom save the print version of the San Diego Union-Tribune from premature demise? Such are the peculiarities of the once-staid newspaper business in the online age. ...

May 6, 2022
How Border Patrol tracks migrant deaths

Border mortalities stable but rescues up Droves of undocumented immigrants may be dying as they try to make their way north in the deserts and mountains east of San Diego. But, per a team of ...

May 4, 2022
December Nights to be run by San Francisco impressario?

Gay pride, marathon experience better for Balboa Park? After getting by as a car-confined, drive-by-only event for the past two years, Balboa Park’s traditional December Nights celebration is anticipating a full-scale reopening in 2022. But ...

Juan Vargas challenged for his seat at corporate pig trough

Juan’s easy path to power After years of coasting through easy re-election battles, House Democrat Juan Vargas — running in California’s newly redrawn 52nd District and facing a challenger from his party’s left — is ...

April 20, 2022
San Diego-based USS Fort Worth again faces chopping block

The Navy is keeping sloppy track of its errant shipbuilding and repair contractors – including San Diego's National Steel and Shipbuilding subsidiary of General Dynamics – causing massive cost overruns and chronically crippled vessels, says ...

April 18, 2022
Ben & Jerry's co-founder helps Dave Myers in sheriff race

Anti-cop ice cream What’s for dessert? San Diego politics, judging by a March 30 $1800 contribution by ice cream kingpin Ben Cohen of Williston, Vermont, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s. The out-of-town cash went to ...

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