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VOSD Podcast: Thoughts on a Shooting and the Future of U-T Opinion

Matthew T. Hall, the newly named editor of the Union-Tribune’s opinion section, talks about his high profile new gig and stops short of revealing his own political opinion.

VOSD’s Scott Lewis goes it alone as host of the podcast this week. He talks with Matthew T. Hall, a longtime San Diego Union-Tribune employee who was just named the new editorial and opinion director at the daily paper.

Hall showed up to the studio wearing a bow-tie as a nod to Bob Kittle, the bow-tie-sporting man who held the opinion post for a long time and essentially became the face of the U-T. Hall called his new gig a “great opportunity and a huge responsibility” and gave Lewis a little preview of what kind of changes we might see happening on the opinion pages.

“I hope to bring more people in,” he said.

He stopped short, however, of revealing his personal political persuasions.

Also on the podcast, Lewis discusses the big news this week; District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ decision to release a video of the police shooting of Fridoon Rawshan Nehad in a Midway alleyway in April. Lewis details his experience at Dumanis’ strange press conference and even played a clip of the now-famous moment during the Q&A portion when the district attorney, visibly annoyed, asked, “Scott, is that a real question?”

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