Matt Smith’s two-decade career in journalism began at The Sacramento Union, a now-defunct metro daily that had employed Mark Twain, Bret Harte and Herb Caen. From there, he went on to staff positions at newspapers in Albuquerque, N.M.; Twin Falls, Idaho; Fairfield, Calif.; and Newport News, Va. Between 1994 and 1997, Matt was a correspondent in Mexico City for Dow Jones Newswires. And for 14 years, he was a staff writer and lead columnist for SF Weekly. Matt holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Reed College in Portland, Ore. Before his career in journalism, Matt was a professional bicycle racer.