Phil Matier


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

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.

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BART Considers Installing Full Body Scanners To Reduce Crime

The implementation of these new high-tech security scanners in other major cities has raised questions about whether BART stations across the Bay Area will implement similar scanners.


New Transbay Terminal Brings New Costs For The Public

The brand new $2 billion transit center is big and bold and is a new landmark in the city, but it will require a lot of funding for upkeep and operational costs.


BART Security Cameras Key To Capture Of Stabbing Suspect

While BART’s 4,000 electronic eyes couldn’t prevent the killing of 18-year-old Nia Wilson by a knife wielding attacker, they were key to the suspect’s arrest. 


Tri-Valley Area Becoming An Attractive Destination For Tech Companies

Look out, Silicon Valley. The Tri-Valley is a new tech hot spot, home to over 450 tech companies and backed by $4 billion in investments.


BART’s Fleet Of The Future Is Already Spending The Present Getting Repaired

Bay Area Rapid Transit’s fleet of the future is spending less time on the tracks and more time in the repair shop as mechanics continue to work out glitches.


State Legislation Aims To Preserve Union Strength Ahead Of Decision

In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling on union fees Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown had already signed bills that tightened up the rules for people opting out of union plans.


Protesters Shouting Racial Slurs Disrupt San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Forum

San Francisco’s mayoral race took a nasty turn over the weekend during a candidate forum which was disrupted by protesters hurling racial slurs.


California Lt. Governor Race Candidates Compete For Voters’ Attention

Big bucks are being spent on California’s Lieutenant Governor’s race.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/09/2018

Oakland To House More Homeless With Tuff Shed Program Expansion

The city of Oakland is expanding its Tuff Shed program for the homeless.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/07/2018

Tight Security Planned For San Francisco’s New Transbay Park

San Francisco’s newest park, Transbay Park in the Financial District, is going to be a world-class attraction. And it is likely to attract the city’s many homeless individuals as well.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/02/2018

California’s Gubernatorial Race Gets Personal With Attack Ads

New ads are hitting the airwaves and some are targeting California gubernatorial front-runner Gavin Newsom.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/23/2018

Immigration Crackdown Has Support In California, UC Survey Shows

A UC survey found that over half of Californians support President Trump’s Muslim travel ban and favor deporting undocumented immigrants.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/18/2018

Thwarted Knife Attack At BART Station Raises Security Questions

While BART police Monday afternoon thanked a bystander for his quick action to subdue a stabbing suspect in a scary weekend incident, some wondered if the attack should elevate concerns about security on the transit system.


Bay Area Congestion Worsens As More Cars Hit The Road

San Francisco Bay Area commuters have a lot of transit options available, yet the number of cars on the road just keeps rising.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/04/2018

Feinstein Discusses Regulating Tech To Protect Personal Data Online

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein went to Silicon Valley to talk about the need to protect user data online.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/02/2018

Oakland Teachers Receive Lesson In Dealing With Active Shooters

On a day where students were staging walkouts across the country to protest gun violence and call for legislative action, there was a teach-in for Oakland educators.  The lesson plan was all about dealing with an active shooter.


Oakland Schools Push Back Against Trump’s Proposal To Arm Teachers

Teachers and police working in Oakland public schools say having teachers armed with guns would actually make things more dangerous.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/12/2018

San Francisco Hospital Opens Locked Ward For Mentally Ill And Homeless

New hospital beds for San Francisco’s mentally ill and homeless are in a locked facility, renewing a debate on California’s commitment laws.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/05/2018

BART Considers Constructing A Second Transbay Tube

For a lot of BART commuters, a second transbay tube couldn’t come soon enough. Now, BART is taking serious steps in that direction.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/21/2018

BART Train Stopped on Track

BART’s Filthiest Stations Start Getting Cleaned Around The Clock

BART is making a clean sweep at some of its filthiest stations.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/14/2018

New TV Ad Makes Waves In San Francisco Mayoral Races

A new ad claims there was dirty back room dealing in the selection of San Francisco’s new interim mayor.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/05/2018

ICE To Target Undocumented Immigrants At California Courthouses

The feds laid out new guidelines for arresting undocumented immigrants and KPIX 5 has obtained the new directive from ICE.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–01/31/2018

San Francisco’s New Interim Mayor Says London Breed Had ‘Too Much Power’

“To me that is too much power in one person’s hand. There needs to be checks and balances,” San Francisco Interim Mayor Mark Farrell said.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–01/24/2018

San Francisco Police

Police Officers Union Ad Rips SFPD Over Leaving Terrorism Task Force

San Francisco’s police officer union is running radio ads blasting the SFPD for pulling out of FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–01/08/2018

Berkeley Police

Berkeley Police Staffing Levels Dip To Crisis Point

Berkeley Police Department is having serious staffing issues.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–12/18/2017

California Considers Placing A Mileage Tax On Drivers

California is moving closer to charging drivers for every mile they drive.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–12/11/2017

Bay Bridge Toll Booth Crash Investigation

Fatal Bay Bridge Toll Booth Crash Renews Calls To End Cash Tolls

The death of a Bay Bridge toll taker over the weekend after a truck smashed into her toll booth has prompted new calls to finally do away with cash tolls on the bridge.


Oakland City Council May Ban All Police Cooperation With ICE

While the Oakland Police Department has come under fire from some City Council members who wants police to stop helping federal ICE agents, a new poll indicates many residents don’t agree with that idea when it comes to dangerous criminals.


San Francisco Supervisors To Take Action On Presidio Terrace Sale

A key vote is looming Monday evening that could potentially block the sale of a street and sidewalk in a wealthy San Francisco neighborhood.    


Trial Explores Whether Kate Steinle’s Death Was Deliberate Or Accidental

The main question comes into focus. Was the 2015 shooting of Kate Steinle — on a San Francisco pier — a deliberate act or an accident?

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/06/2017

Gas prices hang on a sign at an Arco service station August 8, 2006 in Berkeley, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Political Divide Over California Gas Tax Hike

While some politicians applauded the enacting of a new gas tax in California and the money it will bring for road and transit repairs, others are already preparing a repeal effort.


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Experts Say Many Bay Area Communities Are Vulnerable To Wildfires

Experts say many parts of the Bay Area are vulnerable to the same type of catastrophe that struck the North Bay.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–10/16/2017

San Francisco Housing Developments Get Tangled In Red Tape

In San Francisco, red tape is getting in the way of new projects in three corners of the city.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/27/2017

San Francisco Considers Surge Parking Prices

A new plan proposes surge parking prices in San Francisco.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/11/2017

Entire San Francisco Police Force To Work During Patriot Prayer Rally

San Francisco city leaders are looking to lessons from protests in Boston as they brace for a rally by a far-right group on Saturday by bringing in the entire police force in to work that day.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/21/2017

Debate Over Planned ‘Patriot Prayer’ In San Francisco Heats Up

Fear of a violent confrontation was simmering Wednesday ahead of a rally planned in San Francisco’s Crissy Field in late August as local leaders called for reconsideration.


Unprecedented Sale Of San Francisco Street Raises Questions

New questions were emerging Wednesday as to how one of the most exclusive streets in San Francisco was sold in a tax auction.


Pro-Life Activists Chalk Street Outside San Francisco City Leaders’ Homes

Anti-abortion activists, armed with chalk, scribbled slogans of protest outside the home of a San Francisco Planning commissioner.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–07/26/2017

Central Subway Delays Could Impact Warriors’ New Arena

It appears ongoing construction delays will keep San Francisco’s Central Subway from being completed in time for the opening of the Warriors’ new arena.


BART Tries To Tackle Crime With An Understaffed Police Force

BART is facing a shortage of police officers as ridership and concerns around crime grow.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–07/17/2017