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Matthew Bowler

Education Reporter

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Matthew Bowler is an award-winning journalist from San Diego. As KPBS’ education reporter, Bowler aims to create compelling stories that have a positive impact on San Diego.

Bowler comes from a long line of San Diego journalists. Both his father and grandfather worked as journalists covering San Diego. He is also a third generation San Diego State University graduate, where he studied art with a specialty in painting and printmaking.

Bowler moved to the South of France after graduating from SDSU. While there he participated in many art exhibitions. The newspaper “La Marseillaise” called his work “les oeuvres impossible” or “the impossible works.”

After his year in Provence, Bowler returned to San Diego and began to work as a freelance photographer for newspapers and magazines. Some years later, he discovered his passion for reporting the news, for getting at the truth, for impacting lives. Bowler is privileged to have received many San Diego Press Club Awards along with two Emmy's.

Recent Stories

One San Diego Mother's Battle For Her Dyslexic Son

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Elizabeth White's 10-year-old son is dyslexic. She has had to fight with the San Diego Unified School District to get her son diagnosed and get the help he needs.

San Ysidro Teachers Strike Over; District Money Problems Persist

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The San Ysidro School District remains fifth on a list of seven schools the California Department of Education says it doesn't expect to be able to pay its bills. A declining enrollment and a $2.6 million deficit are among its problems.

San Ysidro School District Teacher Strike Enters Third Day

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Teachers are asking for their first pay raise in seven years, along with better health benefits. The district counters that a projected budget deficit will not allow that to happen.

San Ysidro School District Teachers Strike

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The strike comes after last-minute negotiations with the school district failed to produce a new contract. Union members ultimately rejected an offer to raise pay by 1.5 percent, while adding one day to the school year and an additional five minutes to each school day.

San Ysidro Teachers Strike Possible; Contract Talks Resume Tuesday

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The San Ysidro School District and the teachers union are at odds over pay, the length of the school year and class sizes.

Chula Vista Teachers Union Reaches Tentative Agreement With Elementary School District

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The agreement reached after an all-night negotiation session includes raises and increases the maximum an employee will pay for health coverage.

New Law Lets Community Colleges Offer Bachelor's Degrees

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The new law allows the California chancellor of community colleges to choose 15 community colleges to be the first in the state to offer bachelor's degrees.

Mesa College Breaks Ground On Two New Buildings

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San Diego Mesa College is spending $54 million to build two new buildings on campus.

San Diego County Sees Increase In Number Of Homeless Students

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San Diego County is in line with national numbers showing the number of homeless students enrolled in public school is on the rise. There are 20,000 homeless students in San Diego County.

Educators at STEM Symposium Work to Bridge Achievement Gaps

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San Diego's Convention Center is hosting 3,000 educators as they work to encourage more girls and woman to study science, technology, engineering and math, at the second STEM Symposium.

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