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Matt Hoffman

Health Reporter

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Matt Hoffman is KPBS' health reporter, covering a variety of health related stories in San Diego.

He graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. While attending SDSU, Matt was general manager of KCR College Radio. In 2016, while Matt was serving as GM, the station was named Best College Station in the Nation by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS). In 2017, he received the IBS Golden Microphone for Best Station Manager as well as awards for his hockey and baseball commentaries in 2014, 2015, and 2017.

Matt is no stranger to KPBS; before reporting he worked as a part-time assistant in the newsroom while attending San Diego State. He also currently works at NBC San Diego as a writer and editor for their weekend morning shows. Prior to joining KPBS as a reporter, Matt spent time interning at NBC San Diego, Fox Sports San Diego, The Mighty 1090, 97 Rock, and 1270 TheFan.

Recent Stories by Matt Hoffman

77-year-old Doug Bailey practices walking up a ...

Fallbrook Man Who Broke Neck Learns How To Walk Again At New Rehab Hospital

July 28
By Matt Hoffman

Doug Bailey broke his neck and suffered spinal cord damage after a horrible bike accident. He is learning how to walk again with the the help of a new rehabilitation hospital.

A coronavirus patient lies on a bed surrounded ...

Uptick In COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Likely Due To Delta Variant

July 19
By Matt Hoffman

Health officials are beginning to notice cases of COVID-19 slightly rising, a trend that is likely due to the Delta variant, which is now the dominant strain in California.

An expecting mother gets an ultrasound in this ...

San Diego Doctors Address Rise In High-Risk Pregnancies

July 16
By Matt Hoffman

At least one local hospital is expanding operations to combat growing numbers of high-risk pregnancies.

Two outreach workers speak with unsheltered res...

Push To Get Homeless Residents Shelter Focuses On Downtown This Month

July 6
By Matt Hoffman

Housing officials are just over a week into their downtown push to connect homeless residents to shelters and housing.

Bloom's RV, which he said is over 30 years old ...

Remembering Michael Bloom, Homeless Resident Who Fought To Change RV Parking Laws

July 2
By Matt Hoffman

A man involved in a lawsuit against the city of San Diego for unfair treatment of disabled homeless people living in campers has died.

A lab worker prepares samples to be tested for ...

Post-Pandemic Public Health Funding: 'Now Is Absolutely The Opportunity'

July 1
By Matt Hoffman

Substantial, long-term funding has eluded local public health departments and with a spotlight on the pandemic, some argue now is the time to change that.

Linxing He, 90, receives the first dose of a CO...

Study Suggests COVID-19 Vaccines Could Protect For Years

June 28
By Matt Hoffman

The need for additional booster shots to combat the pandemic may be fading, that is according to new research on how long protection from the COVID-19 vaccines may last.

Patients waiting in line for a COVID-19 vaccine...

San Diego County To Phase Out Some COVID-19 Vaccinations Sites

June 25
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

San Diego will phase out some of its county-run vaccination sites due to a significant drop in demand for COVID-19 vaccines, officials said Friday.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria speaking in front o...

Holland America Says Cruise Ships Coming Back To San Diego, Vaccinations Required

June 21
By Matt Hoffman

Cruising is coming back to San Diego and COVID-19 vaccinations are at the heart of the industry's comeback.

A sign is pictured outside of Rady Children's h...

Health Officials Encouraging Teens To Get Vaccinated As Summer Break Begins

June 18
By Matt Hoffman

While vaccination rates are high for adults in San Diego, numbers for kids 17 to 12 years old are not at herd immunity levels yet.

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Stories featuring work by Matt Hoffman

Vino Rosso and jockey John Velazquez, center le...

At Del Mar Meeting, Racing Board Approves Santa Anita License On Conditions

Nov. 21, 2019
By Associated Press

Led by new chairman Gregory Ferraro, the California Horse Racing Board approved Santa Anita’s racing license by a 5-0 vote Thursday, contingent on several restrictions.

Storm clouds over Ocean Beach, November 19, 2019.

Storm Expected To Bring Rain, Snow To San Diego County

Nov. 27, 2019
By City News Service

Gusty winds in the San Diego County mountains this morning will precede significant rain showers throughout Southern California Wednesday, with a cold storm expected to make road conditions challenging for holiday traveler through the end of the week.

Mental health professionals picketing in front ...

Kaiser's Mental Health Professionals Strike In California

Dec. 16, 2019
By City News Service

Thousands of mental health professionals at Kaiser Permanente facilities in San Diego and across the state hit the picket lines Monday, beginning a five-day strike amid a continued labor standoff.