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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: Family-Sponsored Visas, IRC Investigation And...

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.

Roundtable: Union-Tribune's Editorial Response To Florida...

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.

Roundtable: San Diego Union-Tribune Sold, Skyrocketing Wa...

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.

Roundtable: San Diego's New Police Chief, San Onofre Sett...

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.

Roundtable: Issa Bows Out, DACA Dealmaking, State Of The ...

Roundtable: Issa Bows Out, DACA Dealmaking, State Of The City

Jan. 12
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Rep. Darrell Issa announces he will not seek re-election to congress, a busy week for immigration includes negotiations with President Donald Trump to protect so-called "dreamers" and Mayor Kevin Faulconer delivers San Diego's State of the City address.

Roundtable: Marijuana Sales Begin, Horton Plaza’s Future,...

Roundtable: Marijuana Sales Begin, Horton Plaza’s Future, Stories To Watch In 2018

Jan. 5
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego is ahead of the pack as recreational marijuana sales begin in California. New questions about the future of Horton Plaza as the struggling mall faces a change in ownership. And, our panel weighs in on the big stories they'll be covering in 2018.

Roundtable: Top Stories Of 2017

Roundtable: Top Stories Of 2017

Dec. 29, 2017
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

President Donald Trump brought us "fake news" and a major tax reform package. San Diego dealt with a deadly public health emergency and lost the Chargers. And, the #MeToo movement brings a social reckoning. Some of our regular panel guests look back on the biggest stories of the year.

Roundtable: Fight For The 49th, Methane Stalls Developmen...

Roundtable: Fight For The 49th, Methane Stalls Development, And Is California Ready For Recreational Pot?

Dec. 22, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

Democrats ramp up efforts to unseat Congressman Darrell Issa. Construction of a massive housing development in Chula Vista hits a snag. And, quasi-legalized pot is almost here. Is California ready?

Roundtable: Short-term Rentals, Wildfires, Oceanside Mayor

Roundtable: Short-term Rentals, Wildfires, Oceanside Mayor

Dec. 15, 2017
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

As the Thomas Fire north of Los Angeles rages on, the question is whether wildfires are the new normal for Southern California. The San Diego City Council fails to come to an agreement to regulate short-term rentals. The mayor of Oceanside announced his resignation after suffering a debilitating stroke in the spring.

Roundtable: Fire Danger, Housing Shortage, Restoring Balb...

Roundtable: Fire Danger, Housing Shortage, Restoring Balboa Park's South End

Dec. 8, 2017
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

There are unprecedented fire threat warnings and strategic power outages as flames engulf parts of the county. We dive into the whether San Diego can build its way out of the housing crisis. And, proposals and barriers to making Balboa Park great again.

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