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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

Waterfowl rest in the placid waters of the Salt...

More Energy Expected To Come From Geothermal In California

Jan. 27
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Two new geothermal plants are in the works in the state, one is in the Salton Sea area and the other is in northern California.

Passengers arrive at Terminal 1 at the San Dieg...

Roundtable: San Diego Airport's Crowded Terminal 1 Due For $3B Makeover

Jan. 17
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Terminal 1, the home to Southwest, Alaska and a few other carriers, is closer to a major makeover.

Rep. Duncan Hunter arrives at the federal court...

Roundtable: Duncan Hunter Resigns

Jan. 10
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

On Monday, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter will resign. There will be no special election for the 50th Congressional District. Local vets reveal their thoughts on the situation with Iran. And homelessness is spreading to the suburbs.

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Roundtable: Rise In Minimum Wage Impacts Workers, Businesses

Jan. 3
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

This week, the minimum wage rose $1 an hour in California, on a path to reach $15 an hour in 2023. The pay increase will impact workers and businesses and eventually consumers.

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, ...

Roundtable: Top Stories Of 2019

Dec. 27, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

We look back at some of the biggest stories from the past year with our panel of San Diego journalists.

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, ...

The Good News In The Fight Against Climate Change

Dec. 24, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

On KPBS Christmas Eve Midday Edition, we revisit interviews with people who are taking action on climate change in 2019.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks as...

Roundtable: President Trump Is Impeached

Dec. 20, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The House of Representatives approves the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidates hold a debate in Southern California, and companies cut freelance workers as a result of California's new gig economy law.

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'Our Wild Calling' Examines The Benefits Of Connecting With Animals

Dec. 17, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

San Diego author, Richard Louv, will be speaking about his new book “Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives — And Save Theirs” Tuesday at Balboa Park.

U.S. forces and Afghan commandos in April in As...

Roundtable: The Truth About The Afghanistan War

Dec. 13, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A Washington Post report details misleading public information over the course of the war in Afghanistan, San Diego has a stark racial gap when it comes to arrests and drug prosecutions, and the new religious themed Legacy International Center opens in Mission Valley.

Rep. Duncan Hunter arrives at the federal court...

Roundtable: Hunter's Guilty Plea; Poway Water Woes; Al Gore

Dec. 6, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

No longer a witch hunt. Duncan Hunter now says he's guilty of corruption. What's next for the East County congressman and those running to replace him? An inconvenient truth. Al Gore brings his climate message to San Diego as scientists escalate their warnings for our planet. And, more than an inconvenience. How the water problem in Poway could end up costing the city millions.

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