About Me

Doug Porter was active in the early days of the alternative press in San Diego, contributing to the OB Liberator, the print version of the OB Rag, the San Diego Door, and the San Diego Street Journal.

He left San Diego is 1974 to become editor of CounterSpy, an anti-establishment publication that constantly probed the undersides of US security practices.

And then, he went away for a few decades, popping up as a restaurateur in the mountains of Virginia and finding his way to the Caribbean. In 2008, he returned to San Diego, once again smitten by the reporting bug. An online version of the San Diego Free Press started up in 2012, and he’s written five days a week for most of the past dozen years, pondering issues both local and national.

He won nine awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his daily columns in the San Diego Free Press over a six year period. When that publication folded, he started Words & Deeds.

Doug is a four time cancer survivor (sans vocal chords) and lives in North Park.

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Writer, Progressive Political Activist. San Diego elections are a thing for me, but I cover a lot of things. I lost my vocal chords to cancer, keyboard is my voice. #BLM