Mary Shedden

News Director

Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF.

Since arriving at WUSF in 2013, she has worked as a reporter and as editor of the Health News Florida journalism collaborative.

In the past 20 years, she's told the stories of retired pro athletes in chronic pain, children poisoned by toxic toys, and seniors who nearly overdosed on prescription drugs. 

Her work at The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com, Florida Today and the Gainesville Sun have been honored by professional organizations including the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press Sports Editors, and the Florida Society of News Editors.

A graduate of the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications, Shedden has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1999.

Contact Shedden at 813-974-8636, on twitter @MaryShedden or by email.

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  During his final Saturday Night Jazz broadcast on WUSF 89.7, Bob Seymour took us back to his small Illinois hometown.

 Florida lawmakers wrapped up their 2016 annual session last week, and as is always the case, a number of issues didn’t survive the process.

Most notably, the Senate failed to confirm Surgeon General John Armstrong, one of Gov. Rick Scott’s top appointees. Armstrong, who also served as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Health, is the first agency director not confirmed by the Senate since the mid-1990s.

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Tampa Bay area voters delivered impressive wins to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential preference primary.

The Republican businessman and Clinton, the Democratic former Secretary of State, had convincing wins in all six major Tampa Bay-area counties – reflecting a trend that played out across Florida.

Voters across the Tampa Bay area will finally know tonight who wins the favor of Democratic and Republican voters in Florida. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says he's expecting record turnout in today's presidential primary.  More than 2 million in Florida have cast early votes. Detzner says absentee and early voting numbers are higher than in 2012.

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And he says polling places have been busy so far today.

We're chronicling some of what area voters, local media, and maybe a politician or two have been saying about election day on social media.

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Everyone has a story to share, and WUSF News is hitting the road to collect some gems.

 

“Telling Tampa Bay Stories” is a new project from WUSF News, where our journalists will be visiting some of the region’s fascinating yet lesser-known spots. And we will record stories from members of those communities.

Consumers skeptical about the real cost of health care will soon have a resource where they can ask and share with their neighbors the price of common medical procedures.

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The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday said the Tampa Bay Rays can look for a new home in the Tampa Bay area.

Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Just days after two new St. Petersburg city council members took office, Mayor Rick Kriseman is proposing a new plan to let the Tampa Bay Rays move out of the city-owned Tropicana Field. The Tampa Tribune reports that Kriseman and the Rays have discussed a deal that would: 

  It was a year ago Friday that most people first heard of John Jonchuck and the horrific death of his five year-old daughter, Phoebe.

The father is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase to a bridge approaching the Sunshine Skyway, and dropping Phoebe into the cold Tampa Bay waters six stories below. His PT Cruiser blasted through the tollbooth just before stopping.

Some Tampa-area lawmakers are giving Medicaid expansion little chance of being considered during the upcoming  state legislative session.

The deadline to get health insurance under Obamacare for the start of 2016 is less than two weeks away, and Floridians are by far the largest group of consumers signing up for plans.

The Sabal Trail pipeline, a joint venture of Spectra Energy, Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light Co.'s parent company, would extend 515 miles from central Alabama to Osceola County. The project, which covers more than 260 miles in Florida, faces a legal challenge to a state permit in Florida from an environmental group named the WWALS Watershed Coalition. On Oct. 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrote to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, saying it had "very significant concerns" about the process of choosing a route because of the threat of pollution to the Floridan Aquifer and the impact on conservation areas.

The third year of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act is now under way, and this week on Florida Matters (Sunday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m.),  WUSF's Carson Cooper takes a look at some of the changes coming for health insurance in 2016 with Florida Covering Kids & Families Project Director Jodi Ray, Tampa health insurance agent Eric Brown and WUSF News Director and Health News Florida Editor Mary Shedden.

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  President Barack Obama says he’s worried about rising prescription drug prices, but consumers need to take into account the United States’ role in the development of new medications, he told WUSF in a one-on-one interview.

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President Barack Obama this week announced Tampa is part of a White House Healthy Communities Challenge, a 20-city contest where local leaders will try to enroll the most uninsured people within the 3-month enrollment period ending Jan. 31, 2016.

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  With the third year of open enrollment under way on Healthcare.gov, President Barack Obama is focusing his efforts on people eligible to buy policies on the insurance marketplace.

Political battles over expanding Medicaid in states including Florida are important, but not as easy to win, he told WUSF in an Oval Office interview Thursday.

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President Barack Obama’s administration is battling its own success with health insurance enrollment.

It’s been nearly three years since Americans started signing up on insurance exchanges like HealthCare.gov; 17.6 million more people across the nation are covered.

The latest SurveyUSA poll, conducted for Bay News 9/News 13, shows former Gov. Jeb Bush receiving a lowest-ever 7 percent of the Republican presidential vote, trailing fourth-place Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (10 percent), Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (16 percent) and Dr. Ben Carson (17 percent). Businessman Donald Trump surged to 37 percent. This is Bush’s worst showing yet in any Florida survey, and it highlights just how far the former front-runner has fallen. A University of North Florida poll last month showed Bush in fourth place with 9 percent in the Republican race. Bush’s campaign team has been in damage control for weeks and suggests the candidate is ready to rise.

One of the largest hospital systems in the Tampa Bay area is expanding its reach with the purchase of a Polk County hospital.

Health care has been a hot-button policy issue for years in the Florida Legislature, and it’s starting to look like the session scheduled to start on Jan. 12 will be no different.

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