Skip to main content

Aquatic Delvings

Stories and pictures from the watery world.

About Us
Member Login
Blood Serum Eye Drops
Dangerous Waters
  • Neal Joseph Matthews
  • Born: Berkeley, CA, 1953.
  • Raised: Bay Area and Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Military experience: U.S. Navy diver, parachute rigger,

                 survival instructor, 1971-75. Honorable discharge.

  • Education: San Diego State University, 1975-78,journalism major.
  • Staff writer, alternative weekly San Diego Reader: 1978- 81; 1983-92.
  • Contributing editor, columnist, New West/California magazine: 1981-83.
  • Contributing editor, Boating magazine: 1996-2001.
  • Contributing editor, Travel Holiday magazine: 1997-2003.
  • Contributing editor, Popular Photography & Imaging magazine: 2007-2011.
  • Stringer, NY Times: 2001-present.
  • Regular contributor (books and science), San Diego Union-Tribune:


  • Regular contributor, San Diego Home/Garden magazine: 1993-present.
  • Occasional contributor, American Craft magazine: 2003-present.
  • One-time contributor to: Martha Stewart Living, Bridal Guide,

Wine Spectator, various daily newspapers.

  • NitrOx and cave diving certified, 1997.
  • Countries traveled to and reported on since 1995: About 20, plus Antarctica.

Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, for a story in Travel Holiday Magazine
Lowell Thomas Award
1997 -- Silver, Marine Travel, "South Pole Safari."
Boating Writers International, for stories in Boating Magazine
2000 -- Third Place, Ethics and Environment, manatee story
1999 -- First Place, Seamanship, Safety & Rescue, "This Ain't Your Kid's Nintendo."
First Place, Ethics and Environment, "Saving Grace."
Second Place, News, "Is the Coast Guard Going Under?"
1998 -- First Place, Seamanship, Safety & Rescue, "Two Days in Hell."
1997 -- Second Place, News, "Going Once...Going Twice..."
Third Place, Lifestyles, "Packing Heat: Should you have a gun onboard?"
1996 -- First Place, News, "The Cuba Connection."
First Place, Seamanship, Search & Rescue, "That Sinking Feeling."
Third Place, Seamanship, Search & Rescue, "Man Overboard."
1995 -- First Place, Ethics and Environment, "They Shoot Sea Lions, Don't They?"
Second Place, News, "Will Uncle Sam Kill Your Loran?"
Second Place, Ethics and Environment, "This Boat Breaks for Whales."
Third Place, Seamanship, Safety & Rescue, "Flash Point."
San Diego Press Club, for stories in San Diego Home/Garden Magazine

2005 -- Second Place, Series, "Going Green."

2004 -- First Place, Critcism, "Restaurants of Ocean Beach."

Second Place, Criticism, "Restaurants of Balboa Park."

1997 -- Second Place, Food, "Paella Festival."

Society of Professional Journalists, for a story in San Diego Home/Garden Magazine

1998 -- Second Place, Investigative/In Depth, "Balboa Park Troubles."