Don Bauder

Don Bauder
While attending the University of Wisconsin, Don Bauder held a number of posts at the campus newspaper, including editor in chief. He received a bachelor's degree in business (1959) and a master's in journalism (1961) and then spent four years in advertising and PR. In 1964, he joined the Chicago bureau of Business Week magazine as reporter/writer. In 1966, he got the job as bureau chief in Cleveland.

Don left Cleveland in 1973 to become financial editor and columnist for the San Diego Union. When the Union and Tribune merged in the early 1990s, he remained at that post; in '95, he was named senior columnist at the Union-Tribune.

He retired from the U-T in March of 2003 and began writing his weekly column for the Reader in April of 2003. Now he writes a column every two weeks, and contributes to News Ticker regularly.

In 1985-1986, Don wrote Captain Money and the Golden Girl (a book about a local Ponzi scheme), which stayed on the L.A. Times best-seller list for more than two months. He's been married for 55 years and has two sons and two grandsons.

Articles by Don Bauder

Engineer falls to death at Qualcomm

Suicide third since 2010

David Wu, a Qualcomm engineer, fell to his death from the sixth floor of Qualcomm’s AY building at its headquarters complex Sunday. The death was originally reported by Chinese media. Similar Qualcomm suicides took place ...

Disbarred attorney Prevost raising funds

To fight motel over dog’s death

Mary Frances Prevost, who billed herself as “California’s Top Criminal & DUI Attorney,” but was disbarred early this year, ls trying to raise money over gofundme.com so she can take legal action against Motel 6 ...

Mickelson melts down at U.S. Open

Hits moving ball, takes a 10 on a hole.

San Diego golfing legend Phil Mickelson today (June 16) shocked the golf world on the 13th green of the U.S. Open. A putt rolled past the hole and was going downhill. Mickelson jogged after the ...

May unemployment stays at 2.9 percent

Chula Vista among those above 3 percent

San Diego County’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in May, the same as the revised number in April. California’s rate was 3.7 percent and the nation’s 3.6 percent during the period. Local leisure and hospitality ...

Qualcomm secretly contacted U.S. government

Thwarting takeover, according to suit

According to a suit filed June 8 in federal court, San Diego’s Qualcomm secretly contacted the federal government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States as a ploy to thwart the hostile takeover attempt ...

Birth rates fall most where home prices rise fastest

San Diego, Los. Angeles make the case

“Birth rates are dropping most in counties with the fastest-appreciating home values,” says Zillow.com. Reason: “Quickly rising home prices are likely contributing to couples deciding to hold off having kids — most want to be ...

Spanos family could be worth almost $5 billion

Fallout from Supreme Court decision

Will we see more Brandon Johnsons on college campuses, now that the Supreme Court in mid-May knocked down the 1992 federal ban on legal sports betting that had given Nevada a near monopoly on that ...

Cannabis church sues city of San Diego

Claims cops’ raid was illegal

On May 25, the Sacred Source Sanctuary sued the city of San Diego in federal court over the local police's February raid on the church, which describes itself as “an open faith church, whose members ...

Rincon-related mobster DiFronzo dies

Investigation led to Silberman money laundering

One-time reputed Chicago mob boss John “No Nose” DiFronzo died at 89 May 28, according to the Chicago Tribune. In 1992, a number of mobsters were indicted for conspiring to gain control of the Rincon ...

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