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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Roundtable: March For Our Lives

March 23
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Coming up Friday on KPBS Roundtable, the national March for Our Lives will include a large demonstrations in San Diego for tougher gun laws, the company hired to clean up trouble spots during the hepatitis A outbreak is accused of overcharging, and a look at how the war in Iraq, now 15 years old, impacted San Diego.

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Roundtable: Trump In San Diego, Qualcomm Bid, California Middle Class

March 16
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

President Donald Trump gets a first-hand look at his border wall project, Qualcomm won't be under new ownership anytime soon, and the growing challenge of making it in California.

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Roundtable: How San Diego Schools Assess Threats Of Gun Violence

March 2
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

What are local schools doing to prevent tragedies like the one in Parkland, Florida? How do politics play into how we treat asylum seekers? And can you shoot a horse in the head and call it a "rescue?" Join us for the discussion on The Roundtable.

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Roundtable: Family-Sponsored Visas, IRC Investigation And Cross-Border Animal Smuggling

Feb. 23
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Chain migration? Or family reunification? A closer look at a program President Trump has vowed to end. Plus, an unpermitted gun range in Escondido has neighbors nervous. And, an alleged cross-border animal smuggling operation is exposed.

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Roundtable: Union-Tribune's Editorial Response To Florida School Shooting, Marijuana Money And Elections, Duncan Hunter's Campaign Finance Scandal, County Goes After Journalist

Feb. 16
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial team responds to another mass shooting. The local marijuana industry is looking to support pot-friendly candidates. Congressman Duncan Hunter fights to keep his seat. And, the county targets a San Diego journalist.

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Roundtable: San Diego Union-Tribune Sold, Skyrocketing Water Bills, Public Money For SDSU Expansion

Feb. 9
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A biotech billionaire is buying The San Diego Union-Tribune and Los Angeles Times, local homeowners are seeing unexplained spikes in their water bills and new questions over whether San Diego State University's planned expansion would use public money.

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Roundtable: San Diego's New Police Chief, San Onofre Settlement, Midway Redevelopment

Feb. 2
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego's search for a new police chief ends with the hiring of David Nisleit. Ratepayers will be getting some money back in the drawn out settlement over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant. And San Diego's Midway District may be poised for major redevelopment.

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