Mark Schreiner

Reporter/Producer

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.

Contact Mark at 813-974-8693, on Twitter @wusfschreiner or by email at mschreiner@wusf.org.

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In the history of debating, a recent contest held at the Hardee Correctional Institution had one of the more interesting lineup of participants.

On one side were four college students who had never taken part in a debate before. On the other, wearing matching uniforms - dark blue and grey - were a quartet of inmates serving life sentences.

By the time the contest was over, the participants, as well as much of the audience, knew that they had experienced something they probably never would again.

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Tampa General Hospital is already billed as one of the busiest organ transplant centers in the country.

Now, in conjunction with the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine and its South Tampa Center for Advanced Medical Care, they’re creating what they call a new model for advanced organ transplantation.

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After years of debate, ground has finally been broken on the new St. Petersburg Pier.

"This is a dream come true for so many in our community," Mayor Rick Kriseman said at a ceremony Wednesday. "For more than a decade, countless elected officials, community leaders, engaged citizens and city staff have poured an immeasurable amount of time and energy into this project - perhaps the highest profile endeavor in our city's history."

Stetson University College of Law

Stetson University College of Law and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee are a little over thirty miles apart. But under a new admissions agreement reached between the two schools, they’re closer than ever.

Students wanting to pursue a law degree can now enroll at USF Sarasota-Manatee, take classes there and then have the admissions process into Stetson streamlined – as well as maybe receive a scholarship for the Gulfport law school.

Bucking a growing trend elsewhere in the south, Hillsborough County officials decided Wednesday not to move a Confederate memorial from in front of a courthouse administrative building in downtown Tampa.

Aquarius Program at FIU / USF Research & Innovation

Editor's note, 7/5: updated to correct  Csilla Ari D'Agostino's birthplace to Hungary instead of Belgium.

Sixty feet beneath the water’s surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary sits one of the world’s three undersea research laboratories.

And as you read this, the Aquarius Reef Base is home to an international crew of researchers, including Dominic D’Agostino, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine.

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Make no mistake about it, Kayla Cole is going to graduate this year.

She has to so she can start a new job in the fall.

Now, thanks to a summer semester scholarship program, the University of South Florida public health major will graduate on time. 

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When Florida Gov. Rick Scott got out his veto pen for the 2017-18 state budget last week, about $9.5 million earmarked for University of South Florida projects - plus $4.3 million for a forensic research training facility USF anthropologists will play a part in -  went away.

But university officials were looking on the bright side after a Board of Trustees meeting Thursday.

NPR

What do you get when you take a renowned NPR host, pair him with an award-winning children's show personality (who happens to be a USF graduate), mix in scientific concepts and creative radio production, throw in a little bit of poop (we'll explain), and blend it well?

You end up with Wow in the World, the first program for children in NPR's 47-year history. 

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Among the $410 million worth of projects struck from the new state budget by Governor Rick Scott's veto pen are a number of items with ties to the Tampa Bay area.

Pinellas County Emergency Management

With the beginning of hurricane season Thursday, officials in Pinellas County are encouraging residents to check what their evacuation levels are because they may have changed since last year.

Thanks to updated storm surge maps, some people are now either more or less likely to evacuate in a hurricane.

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NPR commentator and Hall of Fame sportswriter Frank Deford died in Key West over the weekend.

In 2008, he spoke to a group of students from the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg Department of Journalism and Media Studies. He also shared his thoughts with WUSF's University Beat on the "24/7" cycle of both news and sports reporting.

Freddie Coleman / USF Health Communications

It’s no secret that the U.S. population is aging. And with that comes the need for more medical professionals.

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The song said "it never rains in Southern California," but recent heavy downpours in Los Angeles have led the National Football League to switch the host city for the Super Bowl in 2021 from L.A. to Tampa.

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Before coming to work at the University of South Florida, Dr. Laura Mattia was a personal financial planner, with her own firm in New York State.

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Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee has announced he plans to retire at the end of September.

In a letter to employees Friday, Gee called it one of the most difficult decisions of his career. He also thanked them for their service and said he's retiring to devote his time to his family.

MOSI

The Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa is closing its IMAX theater and some other exhibits as it moves into a smaller space on its current grounds near the University of South Florida, with an eye on a possible move downtown.

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In 2011, the University of South Florida campus newspaper, the Oracle, printed an article titled "Cesar Hernandez Needs to Cut It Out."

Krista Schrock / USF Sarasota-Manatee Communications & Marketing

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has received the largest gift in its history, as a local businessman is donating $3.5 million to his alma mater.

Bill Mariotti, 56, will leave much of his estate to the university when he dies.

A "body farm" where researchers can study how corpses decompose will open next week in the Tampa Bay area with the burial of four donated bodies.

Officials from Pasco County and the University of South Florida attended a dedication ceremony Friday for the Adam Kennedy Forensics Field, a three and a half acre patch of land on the grounds of the Pasco Sheriff's detention facility in Land O' Lakes, just north of Tampa.

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