Mike Madriaga

Mike Madriaga

Mike is a multimedia journalist.

Mike is able to cover a subject or gathering via photography, videography and written content; and then edit the content with post-production video and photo graphics if needed.

Mike supplies content to various automotive and alternative-lifestyle publications, but considers the San Diego Reader his homebase.


Articles by Mike Madriaga

Ensenada begging children ready to run

Just wait till summer

Their parents force them to beg for money and the children become very insistent,” Max said. “Our tourists will spend less money on the boardwalk, Calle Primera (1st Street) and at the entrance of the ...

San Diego millennials show their nerdy business models

On Twitter, her “reach isn’t drowned by algorithms”

Nikki from Lemon Grove makes money in not-so-orthodox methods. “I’ve had a few people come to me that have giant fetishes,” she says, “which is basically the idea of a giant woman stepping on, eating, ...

Boaters had a 9.6 million dollar surprise

Was it worth the lost time?

When Ed Noonan returned to his Point Loma residence after Christmas vacation, he and his fellow boaters had a 9.6 million dollar surprise waiting at Shelter Island. “We got to try out the new Shelter ...

Calif. exhaust bill stirs furor

If I’m 50 feet away and my windows are closed and I can hear your vehicle...

Some San Diegans are up in arms about the California exhaust ticketing bill that was signed into law by Jerry Brown in June. On January 1 the law went into effect. “Does that mean I ...

The fickle Chargers fans

From 44K Facebook unlikes to 89K Instagram views of Melvin Gordon TD

On January 6, after the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-17, the former San Diego team's social media accounts jolted and "recouped some of their old fans." In 26 hours: their Twitter account ...

Government shutdown turns away tide-poolers

Went to False Point instead

Marcos Gomez and his girlfriend Monique Leibee went out tide pooling on December 22. “We drove towards the tide pools at Cabrillo National Monument but had to turn around when we hit signs saying the ...

Best driving shortcuts for 2019

Kearny Villa to Ruffin as alternative to I-15

On Oct. 9, 1975, the Reader published a story on driving shortcuts. It was written by then cabbie Ray Lilly and contained 14 San Diego shortcuts when gas went for about $.57 per gallon. In ...

Come down and learn, but don’t get in the way

Skimboarding during colder months

Mira Mesa resident Derek Young heads out to “The Wall” in La Jolla to skimboard during the colder months. “The Wall,” also known as Wipeout Beach, has a great sider that pushes in the winter,” ...

Slacklining over water draws heat from lifeguards

"Hey, you aren’t allowed to be here"

There is a section of Carlsbad Boulevard which crosses over the Batiquitos Lagoon, north of Ponte State Beach. Here, people “waterline”, walking suspended lengths of flat webbing above water. “We’ve had incidences when lifeguards come ...

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