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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: Power Shift In San Diego Politics

Dec. 14
By Kris Vera-Phillips, Mark Sauer

New leaders take over at San Diego City Hall, security concerns for Navy Ships on the San Diego Bay and divisive rhetoric about asylum seekers in Tijuana.

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Roundtable: Trial Date For Rep. Hunter Set For September

Dec. 7
By Mark Sauer, Natalie Walsh

Indicted San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, will have his day in court next September, San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez reflects on eight years at city hall, and the local cruise ship business is making a comeback.

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Roundtable: Uncertainty For Asylum Seekers

Nov. 30
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Tijuana struggles with an influx of asylum seekers, SDG&E continues its legal fight to pass 2007 wildfire costs to ratepayers, and older homeowners targeted by high-pressure sales and loans.

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Roundtable: California And Climate Change

Nov. 23
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The current impacts of climate change, how local communities are adapting, and California's emerging leadership on the issue.

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Roundtable: California’s Deadly Wildfires

Nov. 16
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Major wildfires burn across California, new asylum seekers arrive in Tijuana and SDSU begins the work of redeveloping the Mission Valley stadium site.

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Roundtable: Midterm Election Results

Nov. 9
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Power shift at San Diego City Hall, SDSU West wins the stadium fight, voters reject the gas tax repeal and Democrats flip the 49th.

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Roundtable: Helping Or Hurting? Immigration Rhetoric On Campaign Trail

Nov. 2
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

As election day looms large, we take a look at rent control, school bonds and pot measures on city ballots. Plus, the political implications and recent rhetoric on immigration, the caravan and suspicious packages.

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Roundtable: San Diego Alternative Energy Plan

Oct. 26
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

San Diego's mayor endorses a new energy program that features non-polluting power. What could that mean for consumers? Plus, Prop. 6, the gas tax repeal measure, lags in the polls this week. And, Democrats pin their hopes for flipping the House on San Diego's 49th District race.

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Roundtable: Parsing Dire Warnings In UN Climate Report

Oct. 12
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

The new United Nations climate report sounds the alarm on global warming. Is anyone listening? Plus, Roundtable takes a look at competing Mission Valley Stadium measures and the campaign to repeal California's gas tax.

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Roundtable: Potential Balance Of Power Shift In San Diego Races

Oct. 5
By Mark Sauer, Neiko Will

As Election Day draws near, we take a look at a couple contentious city council races, one of which could tip the balance of power at City Hall. Plus, San Diego's Bishop ask for, and gets, an earful about the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal.

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