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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University Beat
6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Board of Governors Pauses USF Med School Plan

An architect's rendering of the proposed USF Morsani College of Medicine and USF Health Heart Institute in downtown Tampa.

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:50 pm

Even with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik voicing their support for the plan, the Florida Board of Governors put the University of South Florida's proposed downtown Morsani College of Medicine on hold for the moment.

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Law & Order
11:46 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Pinellas Sheriff 'Dog Rug' Sells for Almost $10K

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office K9's Axel and Riggs pose with the Office's 'In Dog We Trust' rug.
Credit Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Last week, media from all over the world picked up the story of the Pinellas Country Sheriff's Office's rug in their Largo headquarters that had the typo "In Dog We Trust" on it.

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University Beat
5:08 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Tampa Innovation Alliance Aims to Redevelop USF Area

Map of area covered by the Tampa Innovation Alliance
Tampa Innovation Alliance

The 15,000 acre area surrounding the University of South Florida's Tampa campus has been called "the University Area", "University West," and, derisively, "Suitcase City," due to the number of transients.

But no matter what you call the region, which is bounded by Interstate 275 to the west, I-75 to the East, Busch Boulevard to the south and Bearss Avenue to the north, it's home to thousands of residents, hundreds of businesses, and a few dozen of Tampa’s most recognizable organizations and sites.

To the members of the Tampa Innovation Alliance, however, it's is an untapped gold mine of potential.

"The purpose (of the Alliance) is to make this location recognized around the world as the destination for innovation, creative activity, business enterprise," said Alliance Executive Director Mark Sharpe. "It’s to make this place a place you want to live, work and play."

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Health News Florida
2:58 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Moffitt Looking at Expansion Options

The hospital Moffitt Cancer Center officials are considering expanding is at the far left.
Credit Moffitt Cancer Center

It's in the very early stages, but officials with the Moffitt Cancer Center are looking at expanding or rebuilding their main hospital.

According to Moffitt Chief Operating Officer Jack Kolosky, nothing has been decided yet, but they know they need to do something to address hospital overcrowding.

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Law & Order
1:24 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Pinellas Sheriff Auctioning 'Dog' Rug for Charity

A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office rug bearing the misprinted phrase "In Dog We Trust" is being auctioned off, with the proceeds going to a local animal rescue.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

A rug containing a misprint that has gotten the attention of news outlets worldwide is on the auction block.

A couple of months ago, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office installed a pair of rugs in the lobby of its Largo headquarters. Earlier this week, a deputy realized that one of them read "In Dog We Trust" instead of "In God We Trust."

Thursday, the Sheriff's Office released a statement saying:

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Law & Order
3:30 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Pinellas Sheriff's Rug Error Goes Worldwide

This image released by ABC Action News shows the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office rug in Largo, Wednesday. The new rugs at the sheriff's administration building say "In Dog We Trust" instead of "In God We Trust."
Credit AP Photo/ABC Action News

UPDATED at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15:
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has released a very creative statement in regards to a rug in its headquarters bearing the typo "In Dog We Trust":

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will not "sweep anything under the rug."

In light of the continued and extensive interest regarding our plans for the "doggone" rug, at this time we can confirm that the rug will be auctioned online with proceeds to be donated to a local animal rescue group.

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University Beat
5:36 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

USF Conference Examines Middle East Extremism

Militants of the Islamic State stand with a captured Iraqi army Humvee outside Baiji oil refinery, north of Baghdad, in June 2014.
Credit AP Photo / NPR

In just the last two weeks, members of terror groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS allegedly took part in a number of deadly attacks in France, as well as the hacking of social media sites for U.S. Central Command, based at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base.

The growing reach of these extremist groups is the subject of a conference taking place Thursday at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Mohsen Milani, the Executive Director of the USF Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, said the conference will focus on extremism in the Middle East and how it's effecting the policies of the U.S. and many other countries.

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University Beat
5:17 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Lecture Series Looks at Dollars & Cents of Sports & Entertainment

Credit istockphoto.com / NPR

The dollars and cents of the sport and entertainment industries will be the topic of discussion during a series of free lectures taking place at the University of South Florida this week.

The second annual USF Sport and Entertainment Lecture Series, presented by Fox Sports Florida and the Tampa Bay Lightning, features an all-star lineup of speakers:

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Florida Matters
9:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Florida Matters Preview: Researchers Trying to Identify Remains Exhumed from Dozier

Glen Varnadoe speaks at a September 2014 news conference at USF announcing the recovery and identification of remains of his uncle from the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys.
Credit Lucielle Salomon / WUSF

For years, claims of abuse, beatings, rapes and murder of students by staff have come from those who survived the Dozier School for Boys,  the now-closed state-run reform school in the Florida Panhandle.

Many families are still wondering what happened to their loved ones, and some are getting answers as researchers from the University of South Florida identify remains that have been exhumed from the grounds of Dozier.

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Law & Order
3:56 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Police Seeking Info on Events Leading to Death of 5-Year-Old

Phoebe Jonchuck
Credit Jonchuck family photo

St. Petersburg police detectives want to talk to members of the clergy who spoke with John Jonchuck, as well as anyone else who saw the man in the hours before he allegedly killed his five-year-old daughter Phoebe Wednesday.

Investigators say Johnchuck may have spoken with members of the clergy or churches in the Tampa Bay area in the days before he allegedly dropped his daughter off a bridge after a short chase involving law enforcement.

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3:03 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Moffitt Cancer Center Explores Idea of New Hospital

It's an idea that's apparently in its very early stages, but officials from Moffitt Cancer Center tell the Tampa Bay Times they're looking at the possibility of building a new hospital twice as large as its current facility. Because there's no more available land near where Moffitt's hospital is currently built on the University of South Florida Tampa campus, Moffitt officials say they'd like tear down the current building and replace it with a 12-story structure.
TAMPA - Moffitt Cancer Center officials are considering a plan to replace the pressed-for-space hospital with a new building that would be more than twice as tall. Most general hospitals are losing inpatient business as many procedures are increasingly done on an outpatient basis.
University Beat
10:47 am
Wed December 31, 2014

AP Award Entry Continuing Coverage: USF Dozier Investigation

This is a compilation of WUSF's coverage of the University of South Florida investigation into the Dozier Reform School for Boys and the unmarked graveyard on the school's grounds:

USF Researchers Dig for Answers at Dozier, Find More Questions: http://bit.ly/1CB3V7Z

Giving Dozier Victims Their Names Back: http://bit.ly/1CB3jPz

Family Finally Able to Bury Brother who Died at Dozier: http://bit.ly/1ErrHEW

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Law & Order
12:59 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Slain Tarpon Springs Officer Mourned; More Facts Emerging on Shooting

Tarpon Springs Police Chief Robert Kochen and Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller, Dr. Paula O'Neil, read a statement from Officer Charlie Kondek's family Monday.

The family of Charles "Charlie" Kondek has made its first public statement since the Tarpon Springs police officer was shot and killed while responding to a noise complaint early Sunday morning.

Dr. Paula O'Neil, Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller, read a statement from Kondek's family Monday afternoon.

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Culture
11:47 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Florida Passes NY as 3rd Most Populous State

Graph from the U.S. Census Bureau shows how Florida has gradually added population over the last quarter century, finally overtaking New York as the third most populous state this year.
Credit U.S. Census Bureau

Earlier this year, PolitiFact Florida gave a "mostly false" grade to Senator Bill Nelson's claim that Florida had passed New York to become the nation's third most populous state.

It turns out Sen. Nelson was right - he was just a few months off.

According to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday, Florida added an average of just over 800 new residents daily between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014. Such growth helped the Sunshine State finally move past New York in the latest state population estimates.

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Law & Order
12:00 pm
Mon December 22, 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 12/22, noon with details on Parilla's first court appearance & info on fund for Off. Kondek's family:

A first appearance for suspect Marco Parilla will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the County Justice Center at 14250 49th St. N.

The following statement came from the City of Tarpon Springs:

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