Karla Peterson

Writer

Features writer Karla Peterson is a longtime San Diegan whose U-T San Diego beats have included TV criticism, pop-culture, Comic-Con and San Diego people and lifestyles. She has won awards for entertainment criticism from the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors. A graduate of San Diego State University, she has been with the U-T since 1985.

Recent Articles

  • #TBSD: Picture perfect

    #TBSD: Picture perfect

    Before it became the Balboa Park must-see that it is today, the Museum of Photographic Arts was a dream without a home. It was called the Center for Photographic Arts, and it lived everywhere and nowhere. Formed in 1972, the Center for Photographic Arts was a "museum without walls," bringing exhibits...

  • #TBSD: How the Del Mar Racetrack got its start

    #TBSD: How the Del Mar Racetrack got its start

    It was hipster heaven in '37 at the place where the turf met the surf, the beautiful people partied with the ponies, and sunny San Diego stepped into the Hollywood spotlight. That place was the Del Mar Racetrack, which opened July 3, 1937, with its own brand of fireworks. Del Mar Turf Club founder...

  • San Diego purse exhibit has women's history in the bag

    San Diego purse exhibit has women's history in the bag

      Hey ladies, raise your hand if you have a love-hate relationship with your purse. Unless your arm is too sore from carrying your purse. In which case, wave your foot. Whether you love it because it's pretty and matches your shoes, or you loathe it because it is a "Hoarders" episode with handles,...

  • En Guard: A battle on the beach in South Mission

    En Guard: A battle on the beach in South Mission

    The original South Mission Beach lifeguard station was constructed in 1974 out of wood and a promise. The promise being that it would be only a temporary building. The new one will be a nearly 4,000-square-foot structure with a first-aid room and dual observation areas for lifeguards. It will be...

  • San Diego libraries are so much more than books

    San Diego libraries are so much more than books

    Maybe it's a photo from your family trip to Disneyland, circa 1986 - the one where you are rocking your first pair of Mickey ears. Or that VHS tape of your 10th birthday party, the one where you grinned from ear-to-ear with a mouth full of braces and will only be revealed on a need-to-know basis....

  • ¡Viva Tijuana! Celebrity chef Javier Plascencia turns up the heat

    ¡Viva Tijuana! Celebrity chef Javier Plascencia turns up the heat

    Editor's note: ¡Viva Tijuana! is a multi-story series about the life and culture of San Diego's modern neighbor to the south. More stories from the series can be found in links below. When looking for the source of Tijuana's sizzle, start with chef Javier Plascencia. He is the spark plug whose...

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