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Matthew Reagan

Journalist • Occidental College '20 Politics student

Location icon United States

Matthew Reagan is currently a fellow at CalMatters and a member of their College Journalism Network covering the pandemic's impact on higher education.

At Occidental college he is the former Editor-in-Chief and current Community News editor at The Occidental, the school's independent student newspaper since 1893. On-campus he covers general news and in Northeast Los Angeles he covers local neighborhoods, politics and transportation for the Boulevard Sentinel.



The Occidental
Jimmy Gomez: CA-34th candidate Q&A

Since winning a special election in June 2017, Jimmy Gomez, 45, has represented California's 34th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to legislating in D.C., Gomez represented NELA in the California State Assembly from 2012-2017. Gomez sat down for a Zoom Q&A with our Community News editors Oct.

The Occidental
David Kim: CA-34th candidate Q&A

David Kim, 36, is an immigration attorney and former president of the MacArthur Park Neighborhood Council. Kim is challenging incumbent Jimmy Gomez to represent California's 34th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kim sat down for a Zoom Q&A with our Community News editors Oct. 29.

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Tracking NELA COVID-19 cases and resources

Tomorrow, Sept. 17 will mark six months living with the coronavirus in NELA. The L.A. County Department of Public Health reported March, 17 the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Eagle Rock. In the months since, the coronavirus has spread rapidly, fundamentally changing the course of life for residents of the six neighborhoods of NELA.

The Occidental
Pandemic president: Meet President Elam as he talks about Oxy's future

Harry J. Elam Jr. became Occidental's 16th president July 1. The Occidental's Editor-in-Chief Jackie Dall (senior), Managing Editor Charlie Finnerty (junior), Community News Editor and former Editor-in-Chief Matthew Reagan (senior) and Opinions Editor DJ Prakash (sophomore) met with Elam for a question-and-answer period via Zoom Sept. 4.

Boulevard Sentinel
How a Biden-Harris Win Could Impact Politics in Northeast L.A.

If the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket wins the White House in November, the victory could change the course of politics in Northeast Los Angeles. That's because Gov. Gavin Newsom would appoint a replacement for Senator Harris in the United States Senate - and at present, at least five of the names...

The Occidental

The Occidental
Losing the Mamba, LA's most complex and prolific hero

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers legend and his daughter Gianna Bryant were among nine killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas Jan. 26. - - - Since the age of 5, I've played soccer in Southern California. I started out playing AYSO and eventually moved to the club level; soccer was a near constant staple ...

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The Kobe Dilemma: How should we remember the Mamba?

Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault In 2003, Kobe Bryant was charged with one count of felony sexual assault following an alleged rape of a 19-year-old hotel employee in Edwards, Colorado. As a journalist, I've learned that what you choose to write about is as important as what you don't.

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Occidental College announces online instruction for Fall 2020

In a campus-wide email, President Harry J. Elam Jr. announced Occidental will abandon its plans for any in-person classes in the fall, opting instead for exclusively remote instruction. Occidental is the latest college to pivot from a hybrid model of instruction that would include both an in-person and online course load.

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Anatomy of the Occidental power outage

On Saturday, Sept. 2, Occidental students were forced to brave the night without electricity. As most students fled their non-airconditioned rooms to search for friends, charging outlets and food, the facilities department worked alongside the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to solve the mystery of what exactly caused the outage in the first ...

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Democrats "fix the damn road" to the White House: takeaways from the midterms

Looking to the not-too-distant future to 2020, Democrats have yet to answer the major questions over the party’s identity. The success of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary bred a wave of young progressives — highlighted by O’Rourke and Ocasio-Cortez — who enjoyed variable levels of success...

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Food Systems Working Group report sets sights on sustainable future

Occidental's Food Systems Working Group (FSWG) published a food policy document Oct. 16 which outlines the current state of and future plans for sustainable food practices within campus food systems, such as the Marketplace and the Tiger Cooler. The document is the culmination of efforts from Campus Dining, the Food Studies Cluster, Urban and Environmental ...

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How Oxy Confessions contributes to a culture of sexual assault

Having an anonymous crush on someone is a common thing most people can admit to — anonymously posting explicit commentary about your crush, however, should neither be commonplace nor acceptable behavior. Oxy Confessions has become a space for anonymous online cat-calling.

The Occidental
USC's Lockdown edges Detox on a windy December night

The men's ultimate frisbee team, Detox, took on the University of Southern California's (USC) Lockdown Monday, Dec. 4, on Patterson Field, ultimately falling 13-15 in a first-to-15 contest. While Detox held the lead at the half, Lockdown was able to rally early in the second half to pull away for the victory.

The Occidental
Women's basketball opens season 4-1 with Redlands thriller

The Occidental women's basketball team won a double-overtime thriller against the University of Redlands in Rush Gymnasium Saturday, Dec. 2, with a score of 71-69. This win brings the Tiger's record to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Southern California Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Tala Ismail (sophomore), Alyssa Ramlochan (first year) and Shariah Green (sophomore) led ...

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Texans owner's comments are as American as NFL, unfortunately

ESPN reported Oct. 27 that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said, "We can't have the inmates running the prison," at an all National Football League (NFL) owners meeting in reference to the recent player protests of police brutality and racial inequality in the U.S. The comments received swift condemnation across the sports world with Golden ...

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Hindsight is 2020: Hillary Clinton shouldn't run again

Hillary Clinton has been in public office for the better part of 30 years. As a first lady, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate, she served with a level of efficiency and strength that is all too rare in the nation's capital. In 2016, Clinton became the first female nominee for president of a major U.S.

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Occidental announces speakers, theme for 2018 commencement

Occidental College announced four commencement speakers March 16 for the 2018 May 20 Commencement ceremony in Remsen Bird Hillside Theater. The speakers include Sara El-Amine '07, Ann (Zwicker) Kerr '56, Maya Soetoro-Ng and Cathie (Young) Selleck '55. Occidental invited these four women in the spirit of the year's commencement theme - women in leadership.

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College values veterans, vows to fill void in veteran volume

At the end of the 2017-18 academic year, all three of Occidental's student veterans will graduate. Administrators are hoping that the newly announced Obama Scholars Program - created to recruit veterans, among other underrepresented groups - will help to fill this void as the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative has in the past, according to James Herr, veteran's coordinator and interim registrar.

Boulevard Sentinel

Boulevard Sentinel
Local Businesses Struggle to Hang On As Occidental College Closes for the Fall

Businesses in Northeast Los Angeles, already battered by the pandemic and recession, took another one-two punch in July. The blows have called their survival into question. The first hit was on July 13, when the state of California largely reimposed the shutdown orders that had been in place in the spring.

Boulevard Sentinel
Census Response Rate Lags in NELA, Putting Federal Funds at Risk

Tens of millions of dollars in federal funding are at risk of being lost unless many more residents of Northeast Los Angeles participate in the 2020 Census. The census has been underway for more than two months, but the recent self-response rate for NELA has averaged only 51.9% ...

Boulevard Sentinel
Controversy Over Metro Route in Eagle Rock Continues

A recent series of workshops on Metro's plan for bus rapid transit (BRT) in Eagle Rock advanced ideas for a BRT route on Colorado Boulevard, with several participants submitting ideas on how to reconfigure the boulevard to accommodate dedicated bus lanes.

Boulevard Sentinel
State Assembly Caps Rent Hikes, but Relief Weakened

The state Assembly continues to struggle to come up with strong tenant protections. Assembly Bill (AB) 1481, which sought to protect tenants from being evicted without "just cause" was recently allowed to die without being put to a vote.

Boulevard Sentinel
New Pool at Oxy to Open in the Fall Despite Setbacks

Rain delays in 2019 have pushed the completion of the stunning new pool at Occidental College to October, according to Jim Tranquada, the college's director of communications and community relations. In the meantime, Oxy still has to come up with a name for the pool and is trying to raise $1.5 million to cover an unexpected shortfall related to the pool.

Boulevard Sentinel
Making It Easier to Attend and Finish Community College

At seven local high schools, half of the nearly 1,200 college-bound students in the Class of 2019 are headed for community college in the fall, according to a recent survey by the Boulevard Sentinel. There's good news for these students.

Boulevard Sentinel
Helping the Homeless: An Update

The Problem Grows Worse Despite Efforts Under pressure to show progress in the face of worsening homelessness, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a report in July on how Los Angeles is responding to the crisis.

Boulevard Sentinel
Another Attempt to Keep Bars Open Until 4 a.m.

Legislation to let bars in Los Angeles and nine other California cities extend closing time from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. has cleared the state Senate and moved to the Assembly where it is expected to pass.

Contributed reporting

The Occidental
As NELA response rate lags, census organizers share challenges faced

With a week left to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census, local and national census organizers point to the coronavirus pandemic and political interference with census operations as explanations for low response rates in areas like NELA. For every uncounted NELA resident, the state loses thousands in federal money for the area's publicly-funded programs, resources ...

Congress to Look Inside Bank That GaveTrump 2 Billion | DCReport.org

Just try phoning Trump's private banker Rosemary T. Vrablic at Deutsche Bank's U.S. headquarters in Manhattan. Before too many bankers started turning up dead, Trump dared reporters. Call her, he said, she is"the head" of the bank, "the boss." The good news is that Vrablic, 58, is alive.

Metro Debate In Eagle Rock Enters New Phase

By: T. A. Hendrickson With controversy still swirling around Metro's proposed route for a bus rapid transit (BRT) line through Eagle Rock, top Los Angeles county officials for the first time dove into the fray during an August 7 community gathering-an indication of the issue's rising political stakes.

The Occidental
Veitch reflects on his tenure as college president

President Jonathan Veitch announced Jan. 27 via campus-wide email that he would not renew his tenure as Occidental College’s president and will step down at the end of 2019. The Occidental’s Editor-in-Chief Emily Jo Wharry (junior), Managing Editor Matthew Reagan (sophomore) and Senior Editor and former Editor-in-Chief Chris Peel (senior) met with Veitch and Jim Tranquada, director of communications, for a question-and-answer period in his office.

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Fire flares on Fiji, burning two acres before LAFD containment

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to and contained a two-acre brush fire on Mount Fiji Thursday, Dec. 14. The department issued its first report on the incident at 9:45 p.m. According to the latest update that LAFD Public Service and Information Officer Margaret Stewart posted on the LAFD website, 75 firefighters extinguished the fire by ...

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Tal Becker speaks as Jack Kemp Distinguished Lecturer, students protest

Tal Becker, peace negotiator for Israel and senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, spoke at Occidental College in Choi Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. April 24 as the college's 2018 Jack Kemp '57 Distinguished Lecturer. Following President Jonathan Veitch's introduction, Becker spoke on identity, justice and religion in relation to Jewish discourse surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian ...

Digital Design

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RIP Mamba

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers legend and his daughter Gianna Bryant were among nine killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas Jan. 26.

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RAF Logo

Logo created using Adobe Illustrator for MAC 110 Intro to Digital Design Course at Occidental College

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THEM — Movie Poster

Made using Adobe Photoshop for MAC 110 Intro to Digital Design at Occidental College


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