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Mark Sauer

Host, The Roundtable

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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

Roundtable Investigates Investigative Reporting

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We shine a spotlight on local investigative reporting: The fallout from an ineffective whooping cough vaccine; how the cozy relationship of SoCal Edison with the CPUC affected customers; and ineffective fire alarms in Sweetwater schools.

Roundtable On Water Rates, Navy Bribery Scandal, Longest Lawsuit

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San Diego's water rates are rising. "Fat Leonard" is singing about bribery and kickbacks to Navy personnel. Roque de la Fuente's marathon lawsuit against the city is finally settled.

Roundtable On SeaWorld Changes, Dumanis Decision, Airline Curfew Violations

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SeaWorld says orcas will no longer jump through hoops. Bonnie Dumanis says no charges for Officer Neal Browder. Residents near the airport say enough with the airline curfew violations.

Roundtable: 2016 Tax Proposals, Clearing Storm Drains, Future Of Rural Metro

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Numerous tax measures on next year's ballot could confuse San Diego voters. Many storm drains are choked with overgrowth and debris as we head into a big El Niño winter. And, the city's troubled ambulance service that's been missing response-time targets has been sold.

Roundtable On Briggs Initiative, San Diego Democrats, SeaWorld's Battles

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Cory Briggs takes the initiative -- and then changes it. For next year's primary, there are either too many Democrats running, or not enough. And SeaWorld is putting up a whale of a fight.

Roundtable Looks At Street Repair, Big Solar, Shaken-Baby Prosecutions

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The mayor wants to repair 1,000 miles of streets over five years, but the current backlog is in the billions. Big solar is encamped in a big portion of the Imperial Valley. So who's benefiting? The evidence in shaken-baby cases is sometimes far from concrete, yet prosecution is relatively easy.

Roundtable Analyzes Trolley Density Study, New California Laws, Latest Opera Chapter

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It's not that San Diego's trolley stops are bad, it's the lack of density around them, says a new study. There was a huge landslide in Sacramento this year — of new laws. And the new executive director of the San Diego Opera is accused of causing the Gotham Chamber Opera to shut down.

Roundtable: Mental Illness, Salton Sea And Complaints Over New Flight Path

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Mental illness strains medical facilities in San Diego. As the Salton Sea dries up, an environmental disaster looms. And, residents west of Lindbergh Field are not happy with proposed flight path adjustments.

Roundtable Looks At YMCA Investigation, Future Of Medicine And Smart Growth

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The results are in, sort of, for the independent investigation into alleged mismanagement at the San Diego YMCA. Your primary care physician may soon fit into your pocket. And as most San Diego County cities struggle to implement smart growth principles, one is getting it right.

San Diego's Dueling Transportation Plans Under Fire

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A report co-authored by two San Diego environmental groups finds a disconnect between the city of San Diego's Climate Action Plan and the San Diego Association of Government's regional transportation plan.

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