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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: Hugo Castro, Border Wall, Tuna Harbor, Holocaust Memorial

Roundtable: Hugo Castro, Border Wall, Tuna Harbor, Holocaust Memorial

April 21
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

What in the world happened to border activist Hugo Castro? Local companies want to build the border wall. Tuna fishermen and Seaport Village plans. The Holocaust memorial that won't be built.

Roundtable On SDUSD: Budget, Layoffs, Graduation Rate, Election Pro...

Roundtable On SDUSD: Budget, Layoffs, Graduation Rate, Election Process, Homeless Students

April 14
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Roundtable on schools: San Diego Unified's budget, coming layoffs and astounding graduation rate. Also: a proposal to change the election process for SDUSD's Board of Trustees and endangered funding for homeless students.

Roundtable: Bad Water, Convention Center, Gas Tax, Tenure And Borde...

Roundtable: Bad Water, Convention Center, Gas Tax, Tenure And Border Biz

April 7
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Bad water is bad news for San Diego schools. And another round of voting on the San Diego Convention Center is coming right up! Trading higher gas prices for better roads. San Diego and Tijuana want to work together, no matter what.

Roundtable: SANDAG Investigation; Transit Hits, Misses; Disappearin...

Roundtable: SANDAG Investigation; Transit Hits, Misses; Disappearing Affordable Housing; Vegas Raiders

March 31
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The story of SANDAG's faulty revenue projections has reached the investigation stage. Taking a bus is getting easier — and harder. Watching affordable housing disappear. Las Vegas welcomes Oakland's Raiders.

Roundtable: San Diego Encounters Trump's Budget And Tijuana's Sewage

Roundtable: San Diego Encounters Trump's Budget And Tijuana's Sewage

March 24
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

President Donald Trump's proposed budget has ramifications for San Diego, positive and negative. And somewhere between 30 million and 240 million of gallons of untreated sewage drifted north from Tijuana. Why?

Roundtable: Forgotten Transparency Law; Issa And Hunter; More Fat L...

Roundtable: Forgotten Transparency Law; Issa And Hunter; More Fat Leonard; Illegal Hotel Rooms

March 17
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Looking into the city's forgotten transparency law. Two Republican Congressmen have an interesting weekend. The Navy wishes it had never met "Fat Leonard." And when is a hotel not a hotel? (When it's an apartment.)

Roundtable: Immigration Enforcement; Issa's Big Day; SDUSD Budget Math

Roundtable: Immigration Enforcement; Issa's Big Day; SDUSD Budget Math

Feb. 24
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Who is harmed the most by strict border enforcement? It might be a toss-up. Rep. Darrell Issa talks — and listens — to his constituents. And the San Diego Unified board gets an earful about potential budget cuts.

Roundtable: Dam Trouble, Labor Union Difficulties, Carlsbad's Power...

Roundtable: Dam Trouble, Labor Union Difficulties, Carlsbad's Power Plans

Feb. 17
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Was the near-disaster in Oroville a result of negligence? Some express concern about Sweetwater Dam here. Local labor leader Mickey Kasparian is sued for harassment and retaliation. Is Carlsbad getting a power plant that's unnecessary and obsolete?

Roundtable: SANDAG's New Math; Mexican Pride; Nearby Nuclear Waste

Roundtable: SANDAG's New Math; Mexican Pride; Nearby Nuclear Waste

Feb. 10
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

San Diego Association of Governments staff kept quiet about their faulty revenue projections. Many Tijuana residents who routinely cross the border to spend money are staying home. And Edison is now burying nuclear waste from San Onofre, in spite of efforts to stop it.

Roundtable: San Diegans Cope With Trump Order; Veterans Cope With W...

Roundtable: San Diegans Cope With Trump Order; Veterans Cope With Wait Times

Feb. 3
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration was received with shock, awe and general chaos. And it turns out that veterans are still waiting a long time for health care.

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