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Phil Matier

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Whether it’s politics, personalities or analysis Phil Matier is one of best informed insiders in the Bay Area.

EMAIL: Phil Matier
AUDIO PODCASTS: Phil Matier on KCBS Radio  
TWITTER: @philmatier

In addition to his work with KPIX 5, Matier and fellow journalist Andy Ross co-write a news column for the San Francisco Chronicle. Their column, Matier & Ross, runs Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, offering scoops and insights about one of the most fascinating and trend setting regions in the country. Matier can also be heard on KCBS Radio during morning and afternoon drive time.

“I’ve long said the Bay Area was put here to give the rest of the country something to talk about,” says Matier. “And we don’t let them down.”

As the KCBS & San Francisco Chronicle Insider
Breaking news and analysis from around the Bay Area, the state capitol and beyond. Listen to KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier’s reports LIVE on KCBS All News 740 AM and 106.9 FM Mondays through Fridays at 7:50am and 5:50pm or listen to the podcasts ANYTIME posted here daily.

To schedule an appearance for KPIX 5 on-air reporters/anchors, please contact Akilah Bolden-Monifa, Director of Communications. Please provide the date, time, location of the event, number of attendees expected, and name of sponsoring organization.

101 South to San Jose

Santa Clara Leaders Move Forward WIth Toll Lanes For Busy 101 Stretch

Drivers in the South Bay hoping for a faster commute may soon be able to buy it.

04/09/2014

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Alameda County Gentrification Pushing Out Longtime Residents, Possibly Causing Health Problems

When people are forced to move they are heavily stressed. That’s the finding in a new report co-authored by the Alameda County Health Department on the possible downsides of new money coming into old neighborhoods.

04/07/2014

Chimneys and a real estate for sale sign remain after a massive fire in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in a San Bruno. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

PG&E Public Relations Response Amid Felony Charges In San Bruno Explosion Is To Cut Out Journalists

While PG&E has been claiming it is being accountable for the San Bruno pipeline accident that killed eight people and resulted in federal felony charges being filed against the corporation Monday, the company’s executives have yet to face the media, instead choosing to distribute “video news releases” of edited sound bites for the media to use, in addition to purchasing television advertising.

04/02/2014

Leland Yee (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Phil Matier: State Sen. Leland Yee’s Campaign Funds Available For His Legal Defense

Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee could have over $600, 000 to spend on his legal bills thanks to the campaign donations he accumulated for his now-defunct run for Secretary of State.

03/31/2014

FBI agents search a home on the 600 block of 42nd Ave. in San Mateo, part of a number of raids in the Bay Area and Sacramento, March 26, 2014. (CBS)

Phil Matier: FBI Raids Stem From Longstanding Investigation With Possible Gang Ties

The series of raids across the Bay Area on Wednesday which included the arrest of State Sen. Leland Yee may be related to organized crime in the Chinese-American community in San Francisco.

03/26/2014

Brandon Moss #37 of the Oakland Athletics hits a walk off home run against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at O.co Coliseum on August 19, 2013 in Oakland. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Who Pays The Price To Move The Oakland A’s?

Spring training is winding down, and what’s become a springtime ritual in Oakland is happening again. A group of corporate CEOs are pitching to build a waterfront ballpark in the city, whether the A’s are willing to play there or not.

03/20/2014

Existing billboards near the Bay Bridge. (Scenic East Bay)

Phil Matier: Bay Bridge Billboards Stir Debate In Oakland

The billboards are expected to bring in money for an Oakland job-training program, but some argue the bright signs are an eyesore and distraction for drivers.

03/19/2014

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Phil Matier: Asian-American Lawmakers Pull Support For Affirmative Action Push

A push to change California’s affirmative action law at public universities is losing steam in the State legislature after several Asian-American lawmakers pulled their support for the bill.

03/17/2014

UC Berkeley, Cal

Phil Matier: Cal Reconsidering Hands-Off Policy With Student Co-Op After Overdose Settlement

A UC Berkeley student cooperative is reconsidering a permissive drug policy after a near million-dollar settlement with the family of Josh Gibson, a student, who needs around-the-clock care since he suffered an overdose at Cloyne Court in 2010.

03/13/2014

Chopper 5 over a fire at a construction site at 4th Street and China Basin in San Francisco on March 11, 2014. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Mission Bay Fire Scars San Francisco’s Burgeoning Mini-City

Tuesday’s massive fire in Mission Bay could be a big blow for one of San Francisco’s emerging neighborhoods. There are questions about what will become of the retail development along Fourth Street.

03/12/2014

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