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Matt Kettmann started at The Independent in 1999, working as a proofreader, news reporter, and pop culture editor before becoming senior editor in 2006.
In addition to covering Santa Barbara affairs for 15-plus years and overseeing Independent.com, the San Jose native and UCSB grad has tracked down stories in such places as Bolivia, Belize, Costa Rica, Uganda, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, France, Spain, Mexico, and the wartorn, officially unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
He is also a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast, reviewing the wines and covering the culture of the Central Coast, and has written about a variety of topics for the New York Times, TIME Magazine, Smithsonian, Wine Spectator, Sunset, and other publications large and small.
For more of his work, you can also see MattKettmann.com.
Winemakers Partnering with Direct Relief to Raise Money for Sonoma/Napa Victims
Winemakers partnering with Direct Relief to raise money for Sonoma/Napa victims.
Santa Barbara Cider Company Offers Diverse Alternatives to Beer and Wine Tastings
Santa Barbara Cider Company offers diverse alternatives to beer and wine tastings.
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Video-game wizard brings anime food truck to Asian American Neighborhood Festival.
The ‘Santa Barbara Independent’ Presents Its Eighth Annual Ode to Eating Out
The 'Santa Barbara Independent' presents its eighth annual ode to eating out.
Pairing Cocktails with Cuisine Around Santa Barbara
Pairing cocktails with cuisine around Santa Barbara
Third-Generation Craftsperson Steven Soria Opens Shop on De la Guerra Street
Third-generation craftsperson Steven Soria opens shop on De la Guerra Street.
Seminal Solvang Wine Bar Finds Home for Broken Clock Vinegar Works
The seminal Solvang wine bar finds a home for Broken Clock Vinegar Works.
Santa Barbara Winemaker Studying One Grape Variety, Vintage by Vintage
Santa Barbara winemaker studying one grape variety, vintage by vintage.
Update on the Fermented Aguas Frescas with Santa Barbara Roots
Update on the fermented aguas frescas with Santa Barbara roots
Two Wines Backed by Wine-Industry Heavyweights Who Aren’t Winemakers
These two wines are backed by wine-industry heavyweights who aren’t winemakers.