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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 by Mark Sauer

Roundtable: Senate Healthcare Bill, Algae As Fuel, Getting To Zero ...

Roundtable: Senate Healthcare Bill, Algae As Fuel, Getting To Zero Traffic Deaths

June 23
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The secret senate healthcare bill is finally revealed. Genetically modified algae takes a step closer to the gas tank. And San Diego begins a plan to drastically reduce traffic deaths.

Roundtable: No Special Election, Toxic Plume In El Cajon, Driving S...

Roundtable: No Special Election, Toxic Plume In El Cajon, Driving Stoned

June 16
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

There will be no special election for the city of San Diego this November. Probably. A plume of toxic contaminants lurks under El Cajon. And how can we tell who is driving while high?

Award Recognizes Founder Of International Nonprofit With San Diego ...

Award Recognizes Founder Of International Nonprofit With San Diego Origins

June 14
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Project Concern International is now in 16 countries and helps millions each year. It was started in the San Diego-Tijuana region 55 years ago.

Roundtable: San Diego's Budget, SoccerCity, Convention Center

Roundtable: San Diego's Budget, SoccerCity, Convention Center

June 9
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

On Monday the San Diego City Council passed the budget without funding a special election this November, potentially dooming SoccerCity and a tax increase for a Convention Center expansion.

Roundtable: Climate Action, Border Sewage, SoccerCity Secrets, Gang...

Roundtable: Climate Action, Border Sewage, SoccerCity Secrets, Gang Database

June 2
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The U.S. may have withdrawn from the Paris climate deal, but not California. Raw sewage from Tijuana is fouling San Diego waters. San Diego Mayor Faulconer met privately with SoccerCity investors. California's gang database is flawed.

Roundtable: City Heights' La Maestra And SoccerCity

Roundtable: City Heights' La Maestra And SoccerCity

May 26
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The SoccerCity initiative easily qualified for the ballot. But the San Diego city attorney does not like it that much, and SDSU has left the building. Meanwhile, critical funding to help human trafficking victims almost disappears.

Roundtable: Gompers Investigation, District Attorney Endorsement, D...

Roundtable: Gompers Investigation, District Attorney Endorsement, Dividing Cities Into Districts

May 19
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

On the Roundtable: allegations of grade inflation at a celebrated San Diego charter, the district attorney's chosen successor and the botched Stephanie Crowe murder case, and dividing cities into council districts to comply with state law.

Roundtable: Local Pols On Comey, Labor Split-up, Returning Seized F...

Roundtable: Local Pols On Comey, Labor Split-up, Returning Seized Funds

May 12
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The fallout from the Comey firing is not dying down yet. The AFL-CIO takes over a local labor group and ousts its leaders. The district attorney is ordered to give back a family's savings.

Roundtable: Shooting Aftermath; Race For DA; County Jail & Mental H...

Roundtable: Shooting Aftermath; Race For DA; County Jail & Mental Health

May 5
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Was the University City shooting a hate crime, or not? District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis wants Summer Stephan to take her place. Q: When is a county jail something else entirely? A: When it's a huge mental health facility.

Roundtable: Homeless Count, Government Shutdown, Marines United, Se...

Roundtable: Homeless Count, Government Shutdown, Marines United, Secret Service

April 28
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

There are more homeless in the county this year. Now you see a government shutdown, now you don't. The Marines United scandal is hanging on like a bad cold. And a retired Marine general takes over the Secret Service.

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