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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.

At WUSF and Health News Florida, Mary has been part of winning numerous awards, including a 2016 national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television Digital News Association. Her work also has been honored by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters, and state and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

During her nearly 20 years at The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com, Florida Today and the Gainesville Sun, she covered everything from the investigation of a serial killer to retired pro athletes in chronic pain, winning honors from SPJ, the Associated Press Sports Editors, and the Florida Society of News Editors.

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

Contact Mary at 813-974-8636, on twitter @MaryShedden or by email at shedden@wusf.org.

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Donald Trump’s presidential campaign may consider Hillary Clinton to be public enemy number one. But the media – and the reporters covering the GOP candidate – are close behind. Take for example, his description of journalists just a few days ago in Tampa.  

“These people are among the most dishonest in the world – the media,” Trump said to a roaring crowd. “They are the worst. They’re trying to fix the election for crooked Hillary.”

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Presidential nominee Donald Trump brought some surprise guests to his rally in Tampa Monday night – including legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden and the return of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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It’s been about three years since Edward Snowden became a household name, when the National Security Agency contractor leaked 1.5 million classified documents to journalists and news organizations.

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Yet again, news organizations around the globe are reporting on computer hackers illegally obtaining – and releasing - private information.

This summer – the Democratic Party and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were targets. Now the hackers have taken aim at American Olympic athletes and their medical records.

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Recently NPR decided to tweak something on its website.

It wasn’t the look. Instead, the national news organization of which WUSF is a member station, decided to eliminate listeners' comments on stories.

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Every four years, we watch the world’s best athletes on the Olympic Stage.  And the massive athletic competition is being covered by an equally grand number of journalists.

This year, the Olympic Games in Rio are garnering complaints about media coverage that appears to diminish what female athletes are doing.

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This is a big week for stargazers.

Thursday night into early Friday, the annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak with double the normal number of meteors called an outburst.

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“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”

These words from the classic novel A Tale of Two Cities could sum up the state of many media companies today. There's no shortage of news or people seeking out information. But newspapers and book publishers are both struggling to survive in our increasingly digital media landscape.

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WUSF News has embarked on a new storytelling mission called "Telling Tampa Bay Stories," where our journalists will be visiting some of the region’s lesser-known spots to record interviews with members of those communities.

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 Since small recreational drones came onto the market a few years ago, journalists have been using them for news gathering.

Problem is - many of them may have been doing so without clear legal guidelines.

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It’s the height of summer and there’s no better time to share your memories of Florida's roadside attractions. This week, WUSF’s Florida Matters is taking a look at some classic places that don’t fit the definition of modern theme parks. And it’s made us take a look back.

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A few days ago, a group of Democrats in Congress began a sit-in on the chamber floor, protesting the end of the House session without a vote on gun control measures.

Health News Florida has been honored with the 2016 national Edward R. Murrow award for “Best Small Online News Organization Website” for audio for its statewide multimedia and broadcast collaboration project.

WUSF Public Media in Tampa shares the honor with WLRN in Miami and WMFE in Orlando, which joined Health News Florida in 2013.

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About one hundred people gathered near the Metro Wellness Center in Ybor City Sunday night to remember the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Like another vigil held in St. Petersburg, a collection of interfaith groups and other civic activist groups organized the gathering.

Joel Bates is a Tampa resident with friends in Orlando who go to the Pulse nightclub, the LGBT nightclub where the massacre took place. He says none of them were hurt in the shooting.

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Florida's Legislature has a new House Speaker.

Starting in November, Land O' Lakes Republican Rep. Richard Corcoran will preside over the state House of Representatives.

This week on Florida Matters, (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.), we’ll feature a newsmaker conversation with him.

Corcoran, who is serving his fifth year in the Florida House and who once served as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s chief of staff, is a conservative known to stand up against his own political party.

Four WUSF News staffers are being honored for some of the best journalism of 2015 in the Southeastern United States.

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade awards recognizes quality journalism among radio, television, online and newspaper journalists in 11 southern states.

 All Things Considered host Lisa Peakes won first place in the Radio Newscast Category, for a selection from the daily news reports she shared during 2015.

Reporters Mark Schreiner and Steve Newborn won awards in the Feature Reporting category.

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Journalism isn't about popularity. Reporters investigate and prepare stories independent of the people they interview, and sometimes, the targets of a story or the public are unhappy with the result.

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On May 3, the Tampa Bay Times purchased its rival across the Bay -- The Tampa Tribune -- and promptly shutdown the 123-year-old newspaper. 

The event ended a three-decade Tampa rivalry that had grown especially difficult for both newspapers in recent years, as they struggled to survive in a media landscape veering toward online devices and away from their legacy products.

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Facebook is a massive social media heavyweight. Media organizations and Facebook realize the site has a lot of influence in shaping the news people see, react to and share every day.

One particular Facebook feature called "trending topics" is now coming under fire. The technology blog Gizmodo reports that a robotic algorithm isn't responsible for the list you see on the right hand rail of your Facebook homepage.

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On an upcoming Florida Matters, we're discussing the sale of The Tampa Tribune to the Tampa Bay Times. 

What memories do you have of the Tribune, a daily newspaper that served the Tampa Bay area for 123 years? Maybe you were featured in a news story? Or perhaps you feel strongly about how its editorial page approached Tampa's political landscape. Share your thoughts with us, and we may use your comments on the air. 

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There's been buzz for months around Beyonce's new "Formation" tour.

In Tampa, fans are especially excited, as Beyonce's been spotted rehearsing for Friday night's show at Raymond James Stadium.

But the singer took the hype to another level when she recently surprised fans by dropping a new album. Called "Lemonade," it came with a lush hour-long video -- and is full of hints of infidelity and relationship crisis. The album was released the same night as the video appeared on HBO.

Dr. Vivek Murthy is not only one of the youngest people ever named the U.S. Surgeon General, the 38-year-old also is the first person of Indian descent to hold the post.

But there’s one more thing: he's a Floridian.

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Businessman Donald Trump and the media have had a rocky relationship since he jumped into the presidential race nearly a year ago.

It reached a new level this week, when The Boston Globe's editorial page created a four-page fake newspaper based on his current political stances.

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WUSF News and its Health News Florida project have been recognized with 12 awards by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters organization, and three more from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) that recognizes outstanding achievement in electronic journalism.

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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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