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.


USF Athletics
9:55 am
Tue March 24, 2015

USF Bulls Fall Just Short in NCAA Tournament

USF Bulls junior guard Shalethia Stringfield (#23) drives around Louisville defenders during the Bulls' 60-52 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Monday night at the USF Sun Dome.
Credit Tim Britt /

The USF Bulls women's basketball team's magical season came to an end Monday, as the Bulls fell to Louisville 60-52 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In front of a raucous home crowd of 5,014 at the Sun Dome, the Bulls fell behind 12-2 to Louisville, the 8th ranked team in the country, before battling back to tie the score at 14.

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Off The Base
8:20 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Opera about Iraq War to Be Performed at USF

A concert presentation of the Iraq War opera "Fallujah" is at the University of South Florida Friday night.

At some point in the future, a first of its kind play about the Iraq War might make its debut on Broadway - and what happens on stage at the University of South Florida Friday night may play an important part in its development.

The opera, "Fallujah," is a work in progress. Playwright Heather Raffo has been developing the biographical story of U.S. Marine Christian Ellis for about five years, starting shortly after Ellis met Charles Annenberg of the Annenberg Foundation.

"And as they befriended each other and got to talking, Christian said that he had dreamed of being an opera singer and Charlie Annenberg thought, 'Let's give Christian music lessons,' and as their friendship continued, he said, 'Why don't we make an opera of your life?'" Raffo said.

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6:00 am
Fri March 20, 2015

WUSF TV to Air Documentary on 'American Shakespeare,' August Wilson

Award-winning playwright August Wilson is the subject of a PBS "American Masters" documentary airing on WUSF TV this weekend
Credit PBS

August Wilson was a playwright whose series of ten plays, "The Pittsburgh Cycle," tried to show what life was like for African-Americans in the 20th century, decade by decade.

The work won him rave reviews, as well as five New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes and a Tony Award. 

The PBS series "American Masters" has produced a documentary on Wilson's life and work, "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand," which will air on WUSF TV beginning this weekend.

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University Beat
11:31 am
Thu March 19, 2015

USF Earns 2nd Most $ in Gov's Performance Reward Funding

Credit USF Communications & Marketing

For the third time, the Florida Board of Governors will dole out performance-based 'bonus' funds to the state's public universities, and for the third time, the University of South Florida System placed near the top of the list.

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University Beat
10:45 am
Wed March 18, 2015

UPDATE: FDLE to Conduct Inquiry into USF's Dozier Findings

In an archive photo, crosses mark Boot Hill Cemetery on the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys.
Credit Katy Hennig / USF News

UPDATE 3/18/15 10:45 a.m.
Updated headline to indicate the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct "an inquiry" and not "an investigation" into USF's findings.

In an email sent to WUSF 89.7 News Wednesday morning, FDLE Communications Director Gretl Plessinger said, "We are conducting a preliminary inquiry to assess any new information from the January USF report.  If there is criminal predicate, we will open an investigation."

ORIGINAL POST 3/17/15 5 p.m.
With a single sentence, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicated it will look into what investigators from the University of South Florida have turned up at the Dozier School for Boys in the Panhandle town of Marianna.

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USF Athletics
12:11 am
Tue March 17, 2015

USF Bulls Make NCAA Tourney, Will Host Games

The USF women's basketball team and USF System President Judy Genshaft (center, 1st row) celebrate USF's bid in the NCAA Tournament.

The University of South Florida Sun Dome and the Amalie Arena are only ten and a half miles apart, but for the USF Bulls women's basketball team, it could be one of the most rewarding trips of their lives.

The NCAA Women's Final Four takes place at the downtown arena April 5 and 7, but the Bulls' possible trip will unexpectedly start at their campus home Saturday.

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University Beat
11:34 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Eckerd College Students Honored for Jonchuck Recovery; Seek Public Help

Members of the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team at work.
Eckerd College

When something bad happens on the waters near south Saint Petersburg - say a boat breaks down or someone jumps from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge - odds are pretty good that the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team (EC-SAR) will be the first ones on scene.

The St. Petersburg-based school has the only all-volunteer student marine search and rescue team anywhere in the country.

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University Beat
1:34 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Fraternity in Oklahoma Case Has Troubled History at Florida Schools

Sigma Alpha Epsilon crest

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which had its chapter at the University of Oklahoma shut down after video surfaced showing fraternity brothers singing a song containing racial slurs, has had problems at chapters throughout Florida in the past.

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University Beat
10:09 am
Mon March 9, 2015

$10 Million Gift from Grad Gives USF School of Mass Communications New Name

USF trustee and advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman donated $10 million to the newly named USF School of Advertising and Mass Communications.
Credit USF

It's yet another multimillion dollar donation and corresponding name change for a University of South Florida school. But this one's a little bit different.

The amount of the donation -- $10 million -- is the same as two of the three previous gifts, and the giver is a USF graduate, also like two of the previous donors. This time, however, the recipient isn't a USF business school.

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9:17 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Report Claims Florida Officials Ban Use of 'Climate Change' in Govt. Reports

Flooding in Sumter County, Florida

While some scientists say Florida is the state at the greatest risk of the effects of global warming, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting says state officials feel otherwise.

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University Beat
5:45 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

USF School of Accountancy Receives $10 Million from Successful Graduate

Lynn Pippenger (center, in purple) poses with USF executives and officials and students from the USF Muma College of Business at a recent ceremony announcing her $10 million donation to the School of Accountancy.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

For the third time in six months, a University of South Florida business school is changing its name thanks to a multi-million dollar donation.

This time, it’s the USF Muma College of Business Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, which now bears the name of a retired Raymond James executive and USF graduate who recently gave $10 million to the school.

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University Beat
7:07 am
Fri March 6, 2015

New Housing Village in Tampa, Land Purchase in St. Pete Among Latest USF Plans

The Andros student housing complex on USF's Tampa campus is slated to be replaced with a private-public financed student housing village.
Credit Facebook

Now that the Florida Board of Governors has moved the University of South Florida's request for $57 million for a new downtown Tampa medical school over to state legislators and Governor Rick Scott, the university is looking at other expansion priorities.

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PolitiFact Florida
4:37 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

PolitiFact: Scott's Promises Worth Watching

PolitiFact Florida's "Scott-O-Meter" tracks the promises of Gov. Rick Scott
Credit PolitiFact Florida

With Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State Address and the start of the 2015 Florida Legislative Session both taking place this past Tuesday, the promises coming out of Tallahassee are going under PolitiFact Florida's microscope.

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4:27 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Two State Senators Call on Gov. to Suspend School Testing

Credit AP Photo

Several school districts on Tuesday continued to suspend Florida's new standardized tests for a second day, despite assurances that the problems had been fixed.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart early in the morning asked districts to resume using the online portal that middle school and high school students must use in order to log on and take the state's annual standardized tests. Testing had been suspended a day earlier because of technological problems.

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World Affairs
1:59 am
Thu February 26, 2015

St. Pete Conference Takes On World Affairs

2014 St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs panelist Joseph Ofori-Dankwa discusses African issues with Conference committee member Irma Bridgeford.
Credit St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs

Some of the major international issues of the day - Cuba, Russia, Syria, terrorism and immigration - will be among the topics of discussion at a Saint Petersburg conference that's drawing experts from around the world to the Tampa Bay area.

The Saint Petersburg Conference on World Affairs takes place Thursday, February 26, through Saturday, February 28 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg University Student Center.

Almost forty panelists, including 1986 Nobel Prize winner for Literature and expert on Nigerian democracy Wole Soyinka, along with diplomats, academics and military experts will share ideas and information during 16 free panel sessions.

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