Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Matt Hoffman

General Assignment Reporter

Photo of Matt Hoffman

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

A San Diego police officer talks to an employee...

Pacific Beach Bar Closed For Violating Health Order Hours After Reopening

May 22
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

A short video clip played at Friday's news briefing taken at El Prez, a popular Pacific Beach sports bar and restaurant, and showed dozens of people in close physical contact without face coverings standing at the bar.

People eat inside of STP Bar-N-Grill in Clairem...

San Diego Restaurants Back In The Dine-In Business, With Coronavirus Modifications

May 21
By Matt Hoffman

For the first time in two months, some restaurants and retail stores are welcoming customers inside to eat and shop.

The driveway entrance to the emergency room at ...

Scripps, Sharp HealthCare Voice Concerns Over County Reopening Plan

May 20
By Matt Hoffman

San Diego County officials are moving forward with plans to reopen restaurants for dine-in service and retail stores, but two local health care systems wanted more of a say in the final plan.

Meals are prepared inside the Trails Eatery in ...

Senior Meal Program Saves Struggling Restaurants Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

May 18
By Matt Hoffman

A program that gets meals to seniors from local restaurants during the pandemic kicked off over the weekend, helping both the seniors and the restaurants.

Bradrick Cooper (left) owner of Coop's West Tex...

Some Restaurant Owners Hesitate To Reopen Dining Rooms

May 14
By Matt Hoffman

California has provided guidelines to reopen restaurant dining rooms, but some restaurant owners are hesitant. "What we're doing has been working," said one who has been building up his takeout business.

Lou Uridel, the owner of MetroFlex gym in Ocean...

Oceanside Gym Owner Reopens Again In Violation Of Health Orders

May 13
By Matt Hoffman

The owner of MetroFlex gym in Oceanside and dozens of others gathered Wednesday to protest COVID-19 restrictions.

A construction worker repaving North Harbor Dri...

Harbor Drive Getting Facelift For First Time In 20 Years, Becoming More Bike-Friendly

May 12
By Matt Hoffman

A three-mile stretch of North Harbor Drive is getting repaved for the first time in two decades. The update includes new "buffered" bike lanes.

Oceanside Councilmember Christopher Rodriguez a...

'Not Realistic Standards': San Diego Politicians Want To Decide How To Reopen Businesses

May 11
By Matt Hoffman

Political leaders in San Diego say state requirements to reopen businesses are too strict. Meanwhile businesses in Oceanside plan to reopen in violation of local health orders.

A man with a face covering exits an MTS trolley...

Most MTS Passengers Are Following Face Covering Rules

May 7
By Matt Hoffman

The Metropolitan Transit System says people riding its buses and trolleys must wear face coverings to comply with a county health order and while most have been in compliance, two tickets have been written.

People line up for a COVID-19 test in El Cajon ...

Long Lines And Wait Times As Free Coronavirus Testing Begins In San Diego County

May 5
By Matt Hoffman

You can now get a coronavirus test for free and without a doctor's referral in San Diego county.

View all stories by Matt Hoffman ›

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.