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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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.

Tampa Bay Rays

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.

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

  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.

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

  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.

It seems Florida lawmakers aren't the only ones who can't agree. Residents also are divided over key economic and social issues, according to the latest release of the Sunshine State Survey.

The 41-year old Re­pub­lic­an first ran for elec­ted of­fice just over a year ago in a spe­cial House elec­tion that drew na­tion­al at­ten­tion and big spend­ing in the slightly Demo­crat­ic-tilt­ing dis­trict. But Jolly is a vic­tim of re­dis­trict­ing: a mid-dec­ade re­draw of Flor­ida’s con­gres­sion­al lines makes his dis­trict sig­ni­fic­antly more Demo­crat­ic. Left with little hope of re­tain­ing the seat, Jolly im­me­di­ately began pre­paring for a Sen­ate bid. Jolly hin­ts that his mod­el of break­ing with his party fits his evenly di­vided con­gres­sion­al dis­trict, it’s not one that’s won him any fa­vor with con­ser­vat­ive groups.

Update: 3:50 p.m. Mallory Deason, communications director for the Agency for Health Care Administration, released the following statement in regards to the Politico Florida story.

“This morning, Politico Florida published an article that claimed that AHCA has not been forthcoming regarding a public records request they filed. The article claimed that our office has not been responsive when, in fact, AHCA communication’s staff has been in constant contact with Politico regarding this request, including several updates via telephone last week.

Pinellas County

The Atlanta Braves are talking about moving their spring training home out of Orlando, and Pinellas County is one of the contenders.

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