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.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
7:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: The Feeling of Liberty

Pedro Martinez (center) with his daughters Natalia and Elvia.
Credit StoryCorps

In 1980, the Cuban government opened its doors, allowing people to leave the country in a mass exodus that would come to be known as the Mariel Boatlift. The country's economy had suffered a serious downturn, and political unrest and mass incarceration was making aspects of governance untenable.

The first wave of emigrants came when the Peruvian embassy allowed Cubans to exit under its banner.

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Education
8:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Two Siblings, Two Schools, Two Stories

Lolita and Lou Brown
Credit StoryCorps

Lou and Lolita Brown are brother and sister, born about eight years apart - just a big enough separation to give them very different life experiences.

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University Beat
4:02 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

USF Special Collections Shows Off 'Favorite Things'

1 of only 2 wooden scale models of a sculpture Picasso was going to create for the USF Tampa campus in the 1970s. The model will be on display at a USF Tampa Library Special Collections event Thursday.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

They're not raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, but the staff of USF Tampa Library's Special Collections is putting a few of their favorite things on display for the public for one day only.

According to Special Collections' librarian Andy Huse, the event, A Few of Our Favorite Things (Thursday, July 17 from 1-3 p.m.), allows he and his colleagues on the library's fourth floor to show off some of the most interesting objects, ranging from centuries-old spiritual texts and rare maps to Babylonian clay tablets and Victorian-era novels.

WUSF's Mark Schreiner talks to Andy Huse about the USF Tampa Library Special Collections' "A Few of Our Favorite Things" event Thursday.

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4:49 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Selig: Rays Can Make Succeed - With New Stadium

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Speaking shortly before the final All-Star Game he'll oversee as Major League Baseball commissioner, Bud Selig again said Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Rays need a new ballpark. TBO.com reports Selig said he'll leave any decisions on if and where a new stadium would be built up to Rays owner Stuart Sternberg.
Outgoing baseball commissioner Bud Selig said the Tampa Bay area has the demographics to succeed as a major-league market but reiterated the Rays' need for a new ballpark. However, after years of vocal disappointment from his office over low attendance and the need to replace Tropicana Field, Selig remarked Tuesday that he was leaving the stadium situation in the hands of Rays owner Stuart Sternberg.
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University Beat
4:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

1Apple Grocery an Oasis in a 'Food Desert'

1Apple offers what co-founder Hector Angus calls "fresh fast food" -- organic fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers' markets.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

This week's University Beat radio report on 1Apple Grocery.

You know the saying about an apple a day keeping the doctor away. Now two USF students are hoping that “one apple” might help keep an entire neighborhood healthy.

Hector Angus and Andrea Little have opened 1Apple Grocery in Plant City, in part to provide relief in a so-called “food desert.”

"A food desert is an area where the residents don’t have access to fresh fruits, or nutritious foods," said Angus, who's pursuing his bachelor's degree in information technology with a minor in business.

"So that’s one of the problems that we’re trying to tackle with 1Apple is being able to provide the fresh produce for the families," added Little, who just completed her third year of medical school.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Marching to His Own Drumbeat

Ronald and Bette Gregg
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Ronald Gregg has drummed nearly his entire life, playing with musicians all over the world and for the U.S. Army Band.

But it all had to start somewhere.

In this installment of Storycorps Tampa Bay, Ronald tells his wife Bette about how he first came to love percussion, and what he hopes his drumming legacy will be.

Music:
“El Capitan,” by US Navy Band & Lt. Comm. A. Mitchell, from Sweatin’ with Sousa
“The Duke,” by Dave Brubeck, from Dave Brubeck’s Greatest Hits

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Business
10:13 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Study Raises Questions about Future of Tampa Cruise Industry

Carnival Cruise Lines' Legend passes beneath the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in 2009.
Credit Port of Tampa

The Tampa Bay area has three options when it comes to the future of its cruise ship industry - and two of them would cost a lot of money.

That's the conclusion reached in a Florida Department of Transportation study released Tuesday.

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Business
5:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Travel & Leisure Magazine: TIA #2 Best U.S. Airport

File photo

For the second year in a row, Travel & Leisure magazine has ranked Tampa International Airport second on its "Best Domestic Airports" list.

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University Beat
8:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

FL Lowest in HPV Vaccination

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (right) talks about a community initiative to increase the number of children receiving vaccinations against HPV at a Tampa news conference June 30th that also featured Moffitt researcher Anna Giuliano (left), USF Public Health students and other Bay area medical professionals.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

UPDATED 7/8 with University Beat audio report and additional quotes.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, over half of American girls ages 13 to 17 have received at least one dose of the vaccination to protect against the human papillomavirus (HPV) - and it's a rate that decreases over the needed second and third doses.

But here in Florida, the number of fully protected young women - those who have received all three doses - is only 25 percent, the lowest in the country.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Mon July 7, 2014

UPDATED: Family of Tampa Boy Beaten in Israel to Speak

Tariq Abu Khdeir is hugged by his mother Suha after he was released from detention in Jerusalem on Sunday.
Credit Associated Press

7/7: This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. ET.

The family of Tariq Abu Khdeir, the young man from Tampa reportedly beaten by Israeli police shortly after his cousin was kidnapped and killed, is scheduled to speak to reporters this afternoon. A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. today at the Tampa office of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Florida).

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: When Faith and Love Collide

Ed and Susan Bilbao
Credit StoryCorps

Susan and Ed Bilbao grew up in the Philippines, in an environment very heavily influenced by Catholicism. Susan worked for religious organizations, and Ed had every intention of becoming a priest.

And while their faith united them, it also presented complications when they wanted to be together.

In this edition of Storycorps Tampa Bay, Susan and Ed discuss his decision to end their relationship to take on an oath of celibacy, and how, over time, they found each other again.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Chance Meeting at Applebee's Changes 2 Lives

Christopher Warren and Kimberly Williams
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Christopher Warren had been in love with Kimberly Williams since the 6th grade.

He even managed to dance with her once in middle school, but never had the guts to ask for her number. That is until 14 years later, when he bumped into her at an Applebee's.

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, we’ll hear what happens when you have half your life to work up the courage to tell someone how you really feel.

Music:
“Flots Du Danube”  by Tchan-Tchou Vidal, from La Gitane
“(Baby) Hold Me Tight” by Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

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Culture
10:57 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Here She Comes, Miss Florida - We Think

Elizabeth Fechtel (center) after she originally won Miss Florida pageant last weekend. First runnerup Victoria Cowen (second from the left) was named the winner this week after an apparent voting error came to light.
Credit Miss Florida pageant's Facebook page

The Supreme Court hasn't been asked to rule on this - yet - but an apparent voting mishap has led officials to strip the winner of last weekend's Miss Florida pageant of her crown and award it to the first runnerup.

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University Beat
3:34 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Preserving History Through 3D Imaging

USF AIST 3D scans a capsule used in training at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 4 BOMARC building.
USF Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies

The launching pads at Cape Canaveral, an ancient French arch and a Revolutionary War-era tunnel in South Carolina are all historic sites. But that’s not all they have in common—they’re also rapidly deteriorating.

"Our world heritage is really going away in many instances from different things: war, looting, all kinds of acid rains and climate change," says Dr. Lori Collins

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Business
2:31 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

How Much House You Can Buy, In 385 U.S. Cities

A Planet Money chart shows how Tampa stacks up to the most expensive cities in the country when it comes to the ratio of home prices to household income.
Credit Planet Money

On the heels of the chart showing how far your paycheck goes in over 350 U.S. cities (which was amazingly popular on our Facebook page), here's another great chart from the Planet Money folks.

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