Host, The Roundtable
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
President Trump's comments that he will not commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election raises alarms, a man dies after contracting COVID-19 while in federal jail in downtown San Diego, and the fallout continues over San Diego's disastrous purchase of 101 Ash Street building.
2020 poses a gauntlet of challenges for journalists and the news industry, a student journalist's perspective on the COVID-19 situation at San Diego State University, and California's huge investment in firefighting aircraft.
Two years ago Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a plan to make all California's energy supply carbon-free by 2045. The devastating wildfires and intense heat of 2020 have caused environmental groups to lobby to move that date up 15 years.
A new report by San Diego State University’s Center for Health Economics and Policy Studies estimates more than 260,000 cases can be linked to the rally. But questions have been raised about the study's methodology and its findings.
A new poll shows a tight race between the two candidates for San Diego Mayor, time is running out to complete the 2020 Census, and more people in San Diego County are dying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Convalescent plasma has been used to treat hundreds of COVID-19 patients in San Diego. But it's effectiveness against the virus isn't clear.
QAnon — the false conspiracy theory that started on the fringes of the internet — has been moving into the mainstream.
Supervisor Jim Desmond has questioned COVID-19 restrictions. He also has invited controversial guests on his podcast who have made false statements about the coronavirus without being challenged.
In his new book, neuroscientist David Eagleman explores how the brain adjusts to moments like the one we're living in now.
A new interview series that focuses on diversity and inclusion in the national theatre scene debuts Friday at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2. It's called "Theatre Corner" and will also air on KPBS Saturday at 4:30 p.m.