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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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On This Memorial Day, Nonprofit Brings Attention To Female Fallen Soldiers

May 25
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

The Southern California-based nonprofit Foundation for Women Warriors shares stories of women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

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SDPD's Rape Kit Backlog Testing Underway

May 25
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

A state audit mandated by a 2018 law found that the San Diego Police Department had the most untested rape kits of any large California police department — 1,627. The department says testing is in progress, and the first results are expected this week.

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Some Good Coronavirus News: Recovered San Diego Patients Showed 'Robust' Immunity

May 15
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

A study from researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology offers the first detailed look at the immune response of patients who contracted and recovered from SARS-CoV-2, which is causing the coronavirus pandemic.

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How Will The Coronavirus Affect San Diego's Cruise Ship Industry?

May 13
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

San Diego, a popular port for cruise lines in recent years, took a direct economic hit when the Centers for Disease Control closed the ships down in March. Will it be back? Under what restrictions?

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City Wants To Hear From San Diegans To Help Update Its Climate Action Plan

May 13
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

One of the goals of the city's Climate Action Plan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035.

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What Happens To The Office Watercooler After Coronavirus?

May 12
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

How do you keep workers safe when it’s time to go back into the office? This is a critical challenge for the people who design office spaces for companies.

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Will Distance Learning Make The Grade In San Diego Schools?

April 28
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The teacher's union has agreed to the San Diego Unified School District's plan for distance learning for all students for the remainder of the school year because of COVID-19. The plan, which the district begins implementing this week, is flexible and contains some unusual features.

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Sharp Still Bracing For Possible Surge Of COVID-19 Patients

April 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Mark Sauer

Sharp Grossmont CEO Scott Evans said while they're not currently seeing the patient surge that was previously predicted, the hospital is still standing by for a possible influx of patients.

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Stimulus Money Direct Deposits Coming This Week, Paper Checks Will Arrive In May

April 15
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

The stimulus money is part of the $2 trillion stimulus package passed by Congress in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the economy. The goal of the individual stimulus payments is to get the money quickly circulating in the battered economy.

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Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins Discusses California's Repsonse To The Coronavirus

April 14
By Marissa Cabrera, Mark Sauer

Atkins created a subcommittee to review state spending related to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. It will hold its first hearing Thursday.

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