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
8:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Friends by Chance, Family by Choice

Arthurene Williams (left) and Debra Woodard have been friends since growing up together in church.
Credit StoryCorps

In this week's edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, lifelong friends Debra Woodard and Arthurene Williams reminisce about growing up in the church and how that informed their careers as educators and child and family advocates in Pinellas County.

Music:
"It's Not Over...God Is In Control" by the Wilmington Chester Mass Choir, from the album God Is In Control

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Lisa Peakes.

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University Beat
7:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

'Murph the Surf' Shares Story of Redemption with USF Students

Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talks to USF criminology students
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Watching Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talk to a University of South Florida criminology class, two things are apparent: the man is incredibly charming and he makes sure he knows his audience.

"Some of you don't know who I am," he said, pausing to flash a smile. "Ask your grandma!"

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Law & Order
12:03 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

USF Conference Marks 100th Anniversary of Dozier School Fire

13-year-old Joseph Wetherbee, who died in a dormitory fire at the Florida Industrial School for Boys (later Dozier School for Boys) on November 18, 1914. Wetherbee's family members are expected to attend a conference marking the 100th anniversary of the fire Tuesday at USF.
Credit Wetherbee family, courtesy USF Dept. of Anthropology

On November 18, 1914, a fire in a dormitory at what was then the Florida Industrial School for Boys is believed to have killed eight students and two staff members.

It turns out that those were among the first of an untold number of deaths at what became the Dozier School for Boys.

The reform school in the Panhandle town of Marianna was finally closed in 2011 after decades of alleged abuse and violence perpetrated against students.

University of South Florida researchers have been trying to identify a number of students buried in unmarked graves on the site.

And now, USF will host a conference Tuesday to mark the 100th anniversary of the fire, which was one of the earliest signs of trouble at Dozier.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Life, Love and Lipstick

Ruth Parrish (front) and her daugther Paula (courtesy StoryCorps)
Credit StoryCorps

Ruth Parrish has lived to be 94 years old. In her nine decades alive, she’s learned a few things.

In this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Ruth talks with her daughter Paula Parrish about life, lipstick, and how to be happy.

Music:
“When You Say You Love Me” by Josh Groban, from the album Closer

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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University Beat
11:31 am
Fri November 14, 2014

USF Close to Buying St. Pete Property from Poynter

The Poynter Institute, as seen from the USF St. Petersburg campus.
Credit USF St. Petersburg

The University of South Florida Saint Petersburg continues its expansion plans. USF System officials have signed a non-binding letter of intent to buy nearly four acres of land from the Poynter Institute for $6.2 million.

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University Beat
12:43 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Cybersecurity the Focus of USF Conference

Former U.S. Dir. of National Intelligence Mike McConnell speaks at a conference at USF presented by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity.
Credit Aimee Blodgett / USF Communications and Marketing

When you ask former United States Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell what he thinks about the internet and information technology, he summons the words of Richard Danzig.

Danzig, who served as U.S. Secretary of the Navy from 1998 to 2001, once compared the internet to "a diet of poisoned fruit."

"This is delicious for us, it makes us more productive, more effective, improves our standard of living, we can communicate in our business," McConnell said. "But the downside of this wonderful, delicious product is it is poison, because the benefits exist, but it also introduces a level of vulnerability that someone can use that to your detriment."

McConnell shared his thoughts at a recent conference at the University of South Florida presented by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, which is also known as FC2.

The state-funded center, which is based at USF, brings together experts from a dozen state schools to help Florida become a national leader in cybersecurity efforts.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Historic Beach Trip

Betty Harden (right) and her cousin, Gregory Porter
Credit StoryCorps

Gregory Porter brought his cousin Betty Harden to the StoryCorps Booth at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg to share her story.

Betty became a part of St. Pete history one June day in 1958 when she and her friends went swimming at Spa Beach, a place long protected by law as being for whites only.

Music:
“Blues Walk" -  Lou Donaldson

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Marc Haze.

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Politics
8:56 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Halt Greenlight Pinellas

Credit Lottie Watts / WUSF Public Media

Voters in Pinellas County have rejected the Greenlight Pinellas transportation plan. 

The referendum included a one-cent sales tax increase to fund light rail and bus service improvements. It was rejected 62 percent to 38 percent. 

Opposition was headed by a group calling itself No Tax For Tracks.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Pioneering Police Officer

Edgar Pickett III and his father, Edgar Pickett Jr.
Credit StoryCorps

Edgar Pickett Jr. was the first black police officer on the force in Lakeland, a job he held for over 29 years.

But there was one day 50 years ago his career was almost cut short.

He shared the story - along with other stories from his career and his life with his wife of 64 years - with his son, Edgar Pickett III, at the Story Corps mobile booth in St. Petersburg this past January.

Music:
“Sherlock (Extended Remix)" - Fluid Vibraphonic

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Lisa Peakes.

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University Beat
11:52 am
Thu October 30, 2014

USF Downtown Tampa Med School 'Bigger Than Baseball'

The USF medical school is planned for Meridian Avenue at Channelside Drive in downtown Tampa
USF Health

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 11:16 am

A new University of South Florida medical school planned for downtown Tampa could be "bigger than baseball," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told a group of USF trustees today.

Buckhorn was referring to the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays could eventually move from Tropicana Field to another field of dreams on an empty lot in downtown Tampa.

He spoke during a meeting of the USF Board of Trustees Health Workgroup at USF's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), which would be a gallstone's throw from the new complex.

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University Beat
5:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Gay Marriage, LGBT Issues to be Discussed at USF Thursday

USF will host "Gay Landslide: Victories for Human Rights" Thursday night at 5:30 in the Alumni Center on the Tampa campus.
Credit USF Library

A University of South Florida graduate who was one of the lawyers in a ground-breaking gay and lesbian rights case will speak at his alma mater Thursday night.

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University Beat
1:51 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Name Change for USF Muma College of Business Signals A Push Forward

USF College of Business Dean Moez Limayem with a 'thank you' card for Les & Pam Muma (center, seated) at the College renaming ceremony October 10th.
Aimee Blodgett USF Communications and Marketing

In a five week period between early September and mid-October, the University of South Florida system saw its two Colleges of Business undergo monumental changes.

While the USF Saint Petersburg Kate Tiedemann College of Business took a new name and broke ground on a new building - things we'll discuss on next week's University Beat - the College of Business on the Tampa campus also has a new name.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: The Language of the Birds

Michael Dalton and his wife, Patricia
Credit StoryCorps

Michael Dalton has done many things in his life – he’s been a teacher, an engineer, and a business owner. But about 20 years ago he stumbled into a new passion: training parrots to speak. Dalton didn’t have much experience with animals, so he came up with a different method of talking with his blue macaw, Arielle.

In this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Dalton speaks with his wife, Patricia, about his unusual and unique work with Arielle.

Music:
“Rumble” by The Sonics from the album
The Savage Young Sonics

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University Beat
12:41 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

USF Authors Among Those Appearing at Festival of Reading

Credit Tampa Bay Times

More than a half dozen authors with ties to the University of South Florida will appear alongside such literary heavyweights as R.L. Stine and Carl Hiaasen at the 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading this Saturday at the USF Saint Petersburg campus.

The list ranges from current faculty members like Jonathan Rottenberg (hear an interview with him here) to former faculty like St. Petersburg poet laureate Peter Meinke to USF graduate and "Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi. You can see a full schedule of speakers here.


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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Young Actors Follow Their Dreams

Shelby Ronea, her mom Renea Elmore and Noah Diggs
Credit StoryCorps

Not every friendship starts on the set of a movie.

But that’s how Tampa teen Shelby Ronea and fellow actor Noah Diggs of St. Petersburg met. The pair was among the actors tapped for the Haley Joel Osment film, “Sex Ed,” filmed during the summer of 2013 in Tampa.  The film will be released on November 7th.

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, the 15-year-olds talk with Shelby’s mom, Renea Elmore, about their love for performing and their hopes for the future.

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