Skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

Mark Sauer

Host, The Roundtable

Photo of Mark Sauer

A newspaperman for more than 30 years, Mark Sauer joined KPBS in October 2010 and currently serves as the host of the KPBS Roundtable, airing each Friday on radio and TV.

He spent 27 years as a reporter and editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune after stints at The Houston Post and at two papers in his native Michigan.

A features/human-interest writer in the UT's Currents section for many years, Mark also spent about a third of his UT career as an editor and reporter on the Metro Desk. He has covered a wide range of events: Wild fires in Southern California and Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast; Super Bowls and the World Series; foster care and child-abuse issues; the Roman Catholic Diocese's sexual-abuse scandal and bankruptcy; royal visits of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Princess Diana; Republican and Democratic national conventions; high-profile criminal trials; and many other stories, from the silly to the sublime. Along the way, he interviewed everyone from presidents to pan-handlers.

His work exposing the false accusations and prosecutions of several San Diegans for murder, rape and child abuse garnered Pulitzer Prize nominations and many regional and local journalism awards, including Best in the West, the Sol Price Award for Responsible Journalism and several San Diego and California bar-association awards.

Mark has a degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

Recent Stories by Mark Sauer

Tease photo for story

Roundtable: Problem Teachers In San Diego

June 15
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

San Diego Teachers who harass students aren't always fired. Terminally ill patients who want to end their lives are in limbo. And how do you help PTSD patients who don't believe they deserve to get better? Tune in for this week's discussion on the KPBS Roundtable.

Tease photo for story

Roundtable: On To November, Election Roundup

June 8
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Candidates still standing after this week's primary are retooling for the general election, with some tight races ahead. We look at what Tuesday's results can forecast about November.

Tease photo for story

Roundtable: Election 2018 Major Races

June 1
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The battle for second place in the race for governor, Democrats risk a possible shutout in the 49th congressional district and controversy hasn't slowed Rep. Duncan Hunter's prospects for re-election.

Tease photo for story

Roundtable: Election 2018 Local Races

May 25
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A discussion on some of the major local races voters will decide in the June 5 primary election, including District Attorney, Sheriff and two open seats for Board of Supervisors.

Tease photo for story

Roundtable: California’s Sanctuary Critics Go To Washington

May 18
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego County political leaders critical of California's sanctuary law go to the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump, SeaWorld's parent company says business is up for the start of 2018, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park announces a breakthrough in its rhino breeding program.

Tease photo for story

Roundtable: San Diego County Settles In Deputy Sexual Misconduct Investigation

May 4
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

On the Roundtable: San Diego County agrees to pay $412,000 to settle two sexual misconduct claims against a sheriff's deputy this week, while offers to 13 other women are outstanding. Recent lawsuits could put the kibosh on women-only events in San Diego. And, the race to replace Governor Jerry Brown as his tenure as the state's longest-serving governor winds down.

Tease photo for story

Roundtable: Asylum Seekers Poised To Cross Border

April 27
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

U.S. and international law dictates people seeking asylum be given a fair hearing, but President Trump wants to turn a caravan of asylum seekers away. A dead-end for some, is a beacon of hope for others; we look at two new programs at Donovan State Prison. And the true cost of a longtime diabetes treatment experts say is a scam.

Tease photo for story

Roundtable: Many California Cities Give Cold Shoulder To Marijuana Business

April 20
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The passing of Proposition 64 made recreational marijuana legal in California, but in more cities than not, pot business isn't welcome. A billionaire doctor is poised to take over the San Diego Union-Tribune. And, the biggest health beat stories over the last couple decades. Join us for the KPBS Roundtable.

Tease photo for story

Roundtable: Governor Complies With Request For National Guard Troops

April 13
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

This week on KPBS Roundtable; California Governor Jerry Brown agrees to the president's request for National Guard troops. But there are conditions. There's a debate over how pregnant women inmates are treated at San Diego county jails and whether or not they are routinely shacked while giving birth. And, San Diego buys a building designed for skydiving to help the city's homeless crisis.

Tease photo for story

Roundtable: President Pushes For National Guard At Border

April 6
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

President Trump wants to use National Guard troops for border security. Also on KPBS Roundtable: What do you do when you have a degree, and a job, but can't make ends meet? And how magnet schools might be creating divisions in Vista.

View all stories by Mark Sauer ›