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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If Charlie Crist returns to Florida's governor's office, he plans to sign some executive orders as his first order of business, he said Tuesday in St. Petersburg.

His plan would address areas popular with Democratic voters. Crist would raise the minimum wage for state contractors and promote equal pay for women at companies doing business with the state. He would require the state to hire Florida companies as subcontractors whenever possible.

Home health aides, medical assistants and other workers with less than a four-year college degree account for nearly half of the health care workforce in Florida and across the country, a new Brookings Institute analysis reports.

Health officials say a mosquito-borne illness that had afflicted Floridians who traveled to the Caribbean has now been transmitted within the state.

Florida's largest hospital is also its best, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranking announced today.

A lot more Floridians have health coverage compared to a year ago, but the state continues to have one of the nation’s highest uninsured rates, two new studies show.

Unpaid claims. Coverage Denied. Liquidation.

These are not words you want associated with your health insurance company.

Florida’s Department of Health was within its legal right to revamp the state’s system for establishing new hospital trauma centers, an administrative judge ruled late Friday.

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Most of us ponder evacuating when a hurricane approaches.

But at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base, Jim McFadden sends an "Orion P-3" propeller plane and its crew straight into a storm's path.  The Chief of Programs and Projects for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Aircraft Operations Center, McFadden is a veteran of more than 500 such flights.

At a recent hurricane awareness event at Tampa International Airport, he showed WUSF’s Mary Shedden and members of the public around the aircraft nicknamed "Miss Piggy."

A troubled Medicare Advantage HMO now under state receivership has struggled for years to have enough capital available on hand to pay its bills.

A Tallahassee judge on Monday approved the Department of Financial Services' request to take over and liquidate Physicians United Plan Inc., which had offered Medicare Advantage plans since 2005.

Florida’s Department of Financial Services on Friday asked a judge to allow a takeover of the troubled Physicians United Medicare Advantage HMO.

The DFS filed a petition in Leon County Circuit Court to place the Orlando-based plan into receivership because it is insolvent. The company’s May financial statement reported assets of $92.4 million, while liabilities amounted to $105.3 million.

Hurricane season kicks off Sunday. And Florida officials are marking it with a tax-free holiday, starting at midnight.

The sales tax break goes through June 8 and includes items from candles to portable generators worth up to $750.  Bryan Koon, director of Florida's Division of Emergency Management, says it helps residents stock up on batteries, food, even bungee cords.

"That's the intention is to spur people to go out,” he said. “Tell them, ‘Hey, you can save a few bucks and make sure you are taking care of yourself.’ We're really hoping it does that this year."

Adriana DeJesus doesn't remember getting a letter.

Her kids - 6-year-old Angel, and son, Christian – have been covered by Medicaid plans since birth. Her son’s asthma and ADHD keep her regularly connected to his doctors and make her diligent about understanding his health coverage.

But the St.Petersburg daycare worker says she missed seeing a notice that Florida is moving 3.5 million residents in its medical insurance program for the poor to a new managed care system.

Last month’s campaign fundraising totals show Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist has strong backing from Florida chiropractors.

 In April alone, individual chiropractors contributed at least $112,000 to Crist’s campaign - roughly 12 percent of his fundraising haul for the month.

When Medicare patients come in for an office visit, the doctor bills for that interaction on a scale of one to five.

A one is a relatively quick, simple office visit. A five is more complex and lengthy.

Oh, and that level five visit also pays more.

Fifty-seven people in Tampa and Miami were arrested Tuesday in a nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Medicare Fraud Strike Force made 90 arrests that included 27 doctors and other health care professionals. The schemes involved about $260 million in false billings, the agency said in a news release.

A Saudi Arabian health care worker visiting family in Orlando is the nation’s second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, commonly called MERS.

WUSF reporter Mary Shedden recently became one of the 74,000 Pinellas County residents called to serve on a trial jury this past year.

Prior experience reporting on trials wasn't an excuse for her to go home. Instead she spent three weeks on a first-degree murder case, and gained new perspective on the justice system. 

When the jury summons appeared in my mailbox, I thought this will be an inconvenience for a day. Maybe two.

Legend says prosecutors and defense attorneys hate putting journalists in a jury box. I'd been a professional observer for 20 years.

A year ago, Manatee County voters nixed a half-cent sales tax to provide health care for poor residents. Now, county commissioners are thinking about starting over again.

Doctors may diagnose ailments, but for most of us, an insurance company steers our health care decisions.

We hear a medical opinion, and think, '"Is it covered? Can we afford it?"

These days, insurers are asking similar, bottom-line questions. The Affordable Care Act is changing the way they make money.

 When Jamie Winn prepared to deliver, she didn't pack a bag or head to the hospital. She and husband Justin invited a midwife into their Temple Terrace home.

"My entire life, I had always assumed that when I did decide to have children, I would have a hospital birth. I never considered any alternative," she said.

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