Mark Schreiner

Reporter/Producer, University Beat

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007.

He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.


7:30 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Suspect in Murder of Tarpon Springs Officer 'Felt Like a Caged Rat'

Tarpon Springs police officer 45-year-old Charles Kondek was shot & killed Sunday morning.
Tarpon Springs Police Dept.

UPDATE 12/21, 7:30 p.m. with details from press conference:

"We lost one of our finest today."

With those words, Tarpon Springs Police Chief Robert Kochen began a press conference Sunday evening announcing the details of the shooting death of Officer Charles Kondek.

Kondek was allegedly shot and killed early Sunday morning by Marco Antonio Parilla, Jr., 23, a felon with multiple convictions who was wanted for violating his probation at the time of the killing.

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5:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

With Vinik Plan Unveiled, Buckhorn Waits on Rays

Credit Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays.

It's a "big week," according to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn - an understatement for a man who may get all of his gifts well before the holidays this year.

Now that Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has unveiled his billion dollar "vision plan" for redeveloping the southern portion of downtown Tampa, Buckhorn is turning his focus to the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays could be part of his city's new look.

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3:02 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Vinik's Billion Dollar Plan By the Numbers (video)

A "Tampa Live" retail corridor will connect the Amalie Arena to a new hotel and the Tampa Convention Center
Strategic Property Partners LLC

Tampa Bay Lighting owner Jeff Vinik admitted that he formed his group "Strategic Property Partners" so he could slowly and quietly buy up property surrounding the Amelie Arena in downtown Tampa.

That silence was shattered Wednesday when he finally unveiled his "vision plan" for the Channelside District.

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University Beat
5:38 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Getting People Moving with A High-Tech Simulator

Dr. Stephanie Carey (right) of the USF Dept. of Mechanical Engineering monitors veteran Gordon "Skip" Beadle as he tries out the CAREN (Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment) system.

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 5:48 pm

Gordon "Skip" Beadle has a prosthetic right leg, the tenth such device he’s depended on since the retired U.S. Marine was wounded during the Vietnam War 50 years ago.

"It’s a symbiotic leg. It has a microprocessor in the knee and also the ankle," he said. "This leg in particular gives me a huge amount of balance. Before this leg, I pretty much had to use a cane cause I’d lose my balance. (Now) I can walk without a cane; I can walk uphill, downhill."

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University Beat
4:50 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Nearly 4,500 Degrees Awarded at USF This Weekend

USF commencement ceremony from May 2014 in the Sun Dome on the Tampa campus.
Credit GradImages

The fall semester is coming to a close at the University of South Florida with almost 4,500 degrees scheduled to be awarded at half a dozen commencement ceremonies this weekend.

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University Beat
11:30 am
Tue December 9, 2014

USF President Genshaft Receives Bonus

USF System President Judy Genshaft delivers her Fall Address in September 2014.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

UPDATED 12/9 11:30 a.m.:
Some information in the original post about the pay of other state university presidents was incorrect and has been removed.

Relocating the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine to Jeff Vinik's proposed redevelopment zone in downtown Tampa wasn't the only big story to come out of last week's USF Board of Trustees Meeting.

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8:13 am
Tue December 9, 2014

St. Pete Allows Rays to Look Elsewhere (in Bay Area) for New Home

Ball Park

By the end of the week, the Tampa Bay Rays may be able to look for a new stadium site in Hillsborough County, thanks to a tentative deal reached with the city of St. Petersburg.

Mayor Rick Kriseman will talk about the agreement (which you can read through the slideshow above) he reached with the team at a 10 a.m. news conference today at Tropicana Field. The issue will likely be taken up by the St. Pete City Council at its meeting Thursday.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: 'Reflecting the Queen She Was'

Shalaby Shaheed (left), Rasheeda Haneef (right) and Haneef's daughter, Kalima Haneef (front)
Credit StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, 23-year-old Kalima Haneef remembers her grandmother, Najiyyah Shaheed, with her uncle Shalaby Shaheed. 

Her grandmother went from dropping out of school at a young age to pick cotton in order to survive, to being the business owner of Shaheed’s African and Islamic Wear in St. Petersburg. She passed away in 2005 but she remains alive in her family’s hearts.

Kalima and Shalaby talk about Najiyyah Shaheed’s love for fashion, her African and Muslim culture, and the love she shared with those nearest her.

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University Beat
8:05 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Betty Castor to Lead Fulbright Scholarship Board

Former USF President Betty Castor and Sam Bell
Credit USF

Former University of South Florida President Betty Castor has been elected chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Tampa Tribune reports Castor will supervise the State Department's international exchange program, which gives out around 1,700 Fulbright Scholarships a year.

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Law & Order
2:19 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Police Brutality Protests Spread to Tampa, Miami

Protestors gathered in downtown Tampa Friday night.
Credit Bay News 9

Protests against police brutality that have spread across the country reached Florida Friday night with events taking place in Tampa and Miami.

While demonstrators shut down I-195 in Miami, Tampa's protest disrupted the city's holiday tree lighting ceremony.

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University Beat
8:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Squirrel Causes Power Outage at USF...Again

At least the Facebook page "The Squirrels of USF" found some humor in Friday's squirrel-caused power outage on the Tampa campus.

Update at 8:00 p.m. December 5:

Power was finally restored to all areas of the USF Tampa campus shortly after 7 p.m.

Update at 6:20 p.m. December 5:

Tampa Electric reported that power was restored to all customers shortly after 6 p.m., but Adam Freeman from USF Communications & Marketing tells WUSF portions of the Tampa campus remain in the dark.

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University Beat
7:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

USF Trustees Approve Downtown Tampa Med School

At far right is the proposed downtown location of the USF Morsani College of Medicine. CAMLS is in the center; Tampa General Hospital is on the left
USF Health

Updated at 7:00 p.m. with sound & President Genshaft's letter

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University Beat
4:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Read USF President Genshaft's Letter on Downtown Med School

File photo of USF System President Judy Genshaft
Credit University of South Florida

University of South Florida System President, Dr. Judy Genshaft, sent a letter to USF staff, faculty and students Thursday regarding the Board of Trustees' vote to approve a new downtown Tampa facility for the USF Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute:

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University Beat
11:31 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Squirrel Causes Power Outage at USF

This is NOT the squirrel that caused the power outage on and around the USF Tampa campus Thursday morning.

A power outage Thursday morning caused some inconveniences on the USF Tampa campus.

Power for around 70% of the campus went off around 9:30 a.m. A TECO spokesman said a squirrel in a power substation was responsible for the outage, which interrupted students' preparations for finals next week. 

Power was restored within an hour of the outage.

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University Beat
10:16 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Meet the New Boss of USF Sarasota-Manatee

New USF Sarasota-Manatee regional chancellor, Dr. Sandra Stone
Credit USF Sarasota-Manatee

At the beginning of November, Dr. Sandra Stone officially became regional chancellor for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee - and she's hitting the ground running.

Stone, 59, had most recently served as vice president for academic affairs at Dalton State College in Georgia.

With USFSM's second freshman class almost done with their first semester of college and the school's 40th anniversary coming up next year, Stone sat down for an extended interview for University Beat, which you can hear by clicking on the link below.

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