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Matt Hoffman

General Assignment Reporter

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Matt Hoffman works in the KPBS newsroom as a general assignment reporter covering a variety of 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

Inside Bubs at The Beach in Pacific Beach, Sept...

COVID-19 Purple Tier Would Clamp Down On Indoor Business Operations

Sept. 19
By Matt Hoffman

Some San Diego business owners are bracing for more restrictions due to increasing COVID-19 cases, while others are considering staying open if they are told to close again.

Grace Chi, co-owner of Grandma Tofu and Korean ...

Relief For Thousands Of San Diego Businesses Could Be Coming Soon

Sept. 14
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is voting Tuesday on how to allocate millions of dollars for businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 restrictions.

A Chula Vista police car is pictured in this un...

Chula Vista Police: All Illegal Pot Dispensaries Now Closed

Sept. 11
By Matt Hoffman

The city of Chula Vista has been trying to permanently shutdown illegal dispensaries for years. On Friday officials said all shops in city limit were closed, at least for now.

The charred remnants of a home near Jamul burne...

Valley Fire At 17,565 Acres And 11% Contained, Firefighting Efforts Continue

Sept. 9
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

In total, the fire has destroyed 20 "habitable structures" and 17 "minor structures" and resulted in two injuries, though it was not clear if the victims were firefighters or civilians.

Borrego Springs Solar Plant generating power in...

No Rolling Blackouts Expected, For Now, As A New Heat Wave Rips Across The State

Sept. 3
By Matt Hoffman

With another heat wave hitting our state this Labor Day weekend, a Flex Alert is being issued to combat expected high levels of energy use.

The chef of Hunan Chinese Restaurant working in...

Business Owners Question New Mandate Requiring Names, Phone Numbers Of Customers

Sept. 2
By Matt Hoffman

This week across the county restaurants, gyms, salons and other businesses are reopening with restrictions following new COVID-19 guidelines — this time businesses are required to take contact information from customers in the event of an outbreak.

A student works on laptop outside on the campus...

Since Fall Semester Began, COVID-19 Cases Rising At San Diego State

Sept. 1
By Matt Hoffman

There have been at least 41 cases of coronavirus among staff and students at San Diego State’s main campus — nearly half of those cases have been reported since school began last week.

Thomas Hall, manager of The Grass Skirt restaur...

Some Local Business Owners Say New Reopening Guidelines Don't Go Far Enough

Aug. 31
By Matt Hoffman

Monday, San Diego County restaurants, gyms, salons and other businesses are allowed to reopen for indoor operations — with restrictions — but some business owners said they cannot survive on severely limited capacity.

Inside of a classroom at Blossom Valley Element...

San Diego County Schools Preparing To Welcome Kids Back To Classrooms

Aug. 28
By Matt Hoffman

Parents, teachers and students are getting ready to resume in person classes as early as September 1 in San Diego county.

Health care workers at Tri-City Medical Center ...

North County Health Care Workers Support State Bill To Mandate PPE Stockpiles

Aug. 25
By Matt Hoffman

The Health Care and Essential Workers Protection Act would mandate the state to have a three-month supply of clean personal protective equipment for healthcare and essential workers.

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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.