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

Spike three: Tanya and Charles Brandes divorcing

Rancho Santa Fe money man and his wife both claim violence in marriage

The financial publication Fundfire notes in a February 16 article that onetime social darlings of San Diego and Rancho Santa Fe, Charles Brandes and his wife Tanya, are now divorcing; this was the third marriage ...

U-T's Washington Post whitewash

Clumsy timing of Doug Manchester apology for demeaning work environment

The Union-Tribune this weekend tried a trick that is not used so much these days: trying to cleanse a story in another publication before it has run. On Saturday (February 17), the U-T tried to ...

Excise tax to whack Scripps and Sharp

Hospitals' highest paid executives to feel the cut most

Effective the first of this year, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act imposes a 21 percent excise tax on nonprofits that pay $1 million or more to their five highest-paid employees. The tax applies to ...

Workforce Partnership embezzler gets 30 months

“Great stealth and great planning” went into the scam, says judge

Jared Palmer, who embezzled more than $450,000 from the San Diego Workforce Partnership — with “great stealth, and great planning,” according to the judge — was sentenced February 12th to 30 months in prison and ...

Kratom crackdown

"Not just a plant — it’s an opioid,” says FDA commissioner

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration say compounds in the popular herbal drug kratom act like prescription-strength opioids. Kratom has been tied to 44 deaths, up from 36 reported in November. Kratom is “not ...

Rabobank banked millions in untraceable cash

Institution admitted deficiencies in anti-money-laundering program

Rabobank National Association, a subsidiary of a Netherlands bank, pleaded guilty in federal court February 7 to unlawfully impeding a U.S. examination of its California operations, including Calexico and Tecate branches. Rabobank admitted that its ...

Amazon’s bribery charade

San Diego taxpayers should be glad for the Amazon snub

San Diego County put forth four locations to get in on the Amazon bidding — the contest among 238 metro areas to become the huge retailer’s second headquarters, now called Amazon HQ2. Twenty metro areas ...

Tronc planning to sell L.A. Times and Union-Tribune

Billionaire L.A. doctor Patrick Soon-Shiong expected to cart off remains

The Chicago-based owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune and Los Angeles Times, tronc, is expected to announce it is selling the two Southern California properties, according to a report in the Washington Post. The buyer ...

Broadcom makes another Qualcomm offer

Deal adding $21 billion being considered by board

Broadcom this morning (February 5) boosted its bid for San Diego-based Qualcomm to almost $124 billion, including debt assumption, up from its initial $103 billion bid, which Qualcomm’s board rejected. Broadcom has headquarters in San ...

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