Matt Kettmann

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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, 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.

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Los Agaves Feeding Firefighters for Free

Mexican Restaurant Offering Free Meals at All Four Locations

Mexican restaurant offering free meals at all four locations.

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Thomas Fire Enters Santa Barbara County; Los Padres National Forest Closes

Fire Officials Expected Movement, Not Concerned; Schools Canceled on Monday

Fire officials expected this movement, not concerned; schools canceled on Monday.

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Fourth Annual Pop, Fizz, Clink Champagne Tasting

Grower Champagnes Star at Luxurious Wine + Beer Event on December 9

Grower champagnes star at this luxurious Wine + Beer event on December 9 in the Public Market.

Santa Barbara Conservancy Publishes Coloring Book

‘Coloring Santa Barbara’ Features 31 Pages of Landmarks to Color for All Ages

‘Coloring Santa Barbara’ features 31 pages of landmarks to color for all ages.

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(Mostly) Made in Santa Barbara Gift Guide for 2017

Where to Buy What This Holiday Season

Where to buy what this holiday season.

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Epic Brewing Buys Santa Barbara's Telegraph Brewing Company

Utah-Based Company Plans to Expand Santa Barbara Brewery’s Staff and Beer Offerings

The Utah-based company plans to expand the Santa Barbara brewery’s staff and beer offerings.

Spencer the Gardener’s ‘Going to a Party’ Music Video

Spencer Barnitz on His Latest Song, Salsa Dancing, and Portraying Santa Barbara

Spencer Barnitz on his latest song, salsa dancing, and portraying Santa Barbara.

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New Leader for Santa Barbara Wines

Nonprofit Veteran Alison Laslett Named CEO of Wine Country Association

Nonprofit veteran Alison Laslett named CEO of county’s wine country association.

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Singular-Instrument Suites

TubaChristmas and Ukulele Club Concert

TubaChristmas and Ukulele Club concerts take place this holiday season.

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Eight Days of Edible Hanukkah

Wine Country Chefs Brooke Stockwell and Drew Terp Collaborate to Celebrate Jewish Holiday

Wine country chefs Brooke Stockwell and Drew Terp collaborate to celebrate Jewish holiday.

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