Scott Finn

Former News Director

Scott Finn is a former news director at WUSF Public Media, which provides in-depth reporting for Tampa Bay and all of Florida.

Before moving to Tampa in 2009, he was news director at West Virginia Public Broadcasting and a reporter for The Charleston Gazette, where he covered state government, business and education and won top awards from the National Education Writers Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Scott is a native of Creston, Iowa and has his master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.  Scott is now general manager of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.


2:27 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Rising Sea Levels: How Much of Tampa Bay Would Be Under Water?

5 feet rise: Probable level in 100 – 300 years - Tampa Bay pushes inland one to four miles and eats away at MacDill Air Force Base. Beach communities flood, including all of the Pinellas County barrier islands.
New York Times

The New York Times says global warming and sea level rise isn't just a threat in the future -- it was a fact in the past.

A new article says the amount of sea level rise could be much higher, and happen much faster, than previously believed. And if past changes are any clue, the sea levels could get pretty high:

In previous research, scientists have determined that when the earth warms by only a couple of degrees Fahrenheit, enough polar ice melts, over time, to raise the global sea level by about 25 to 30 feet. But in the coming century, the earth is expected to warm more than that, perhaps four or five degrees, because of human emissions of greenhouse gases.

Experts say the emissions that may make a huge increase of sea level inevitable are expected to occur in just the next few decades. They fear that because the world’s coasts are so densely settled, the rising oceans will lead to a humanitarian crisis lasting many hundreds of years.

This issue is critically important to the Tampa Bay region. Much of south Tampa, St. Petersburg and the Pinellas beaches would be flooded with just a few feet of sea level rise (see attached slideshow.)

It's the topic of a March event at Eckerd College: “Sea Level Rise in Florida: Mitigation, Adaptation or Retreat?”

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Health News Florida
7:15 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

UnitedHealthcare, BayCare Health System Reach Agreement

BayCare Alliant Hospital in Dunedin

The feud between one of the Tampa Bay region's biggest insurers and health care providers is over.

Late Friday, UnitedHealthcare and BayCare Health System announced they have reached a new, five-year agreement.

The two companies had fought over reimbursement rates. Their battle played out in a series of advertisements in local newspapers.

In late November, the agreement between the two entities ended, leaving thousands of customers wondering if they'd have to switch doctors or go to a different hospital.

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4:58 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Where's Reagan, Gov. Scott's Rescue Dog?

Gov. Rick Scott adopted this rescue Labrador and named him Reagan during the 2010 campaign. But Reagan didn't last long in the Governor's Mansion.

Where is Reagan, a Labrador retriever that once belonged to Gov. Rick Scott?

Scott adopted the seven-year-old Labrador during his 2010 campaign for governor.

Supporters at the time made a big deal about how this was a “rescue dog” and not a purebred, like President Obama’s dog, Bo.

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10:55 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Leadership Tampa Participants Talk About Their Passions

Jimmy Ullrich, V.P., Jones Lang LaSalle
Jimmy Ullrich

The folks from Leadership Tampa stopped by WUSF today, and instead of taking them on the usual tour, we decided to hand the microphones over to them.

Several volunteers agreed to “fill in” for usual Florida Matters host Carson Cooper, and interview another member of Leadership Tampa. Other participants became producers and helped conduct and engineer the interviews.

Interviewees talked about everything from online safety to elephants. Here are their interviews:

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7:09 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Top 10 Florida Stories of 2012: Strippers, Bears and Republicans

Charlie Crist completed his transformation this year into a Democrat.
Credit Getty Images

Charlie and strippers and bears, oh my!

We had record-breaking traffic this year on, and we can thank Charlie Crist, RNC escorts and strippers, and wandering bears.

Here are the top ten stories on this year:

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Florida Holidays
7:04 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Florida Holidays: Snow in Orlando

Who says there's no snow in Florida? Becky Wanamaker shared this story on WUSF's Facebook page.

Every December, our family drives to Orlando for a little winter wonderland fun at the Gaylord Palm's ICE! show.

We bundle up in those big heavy blue coats and marvel at the beautiful sculptures that created wonderful Christmas vignettes.

The kids (old and young) enjoy sliding down the ice slides. After we've had as much of the 9º temperature we can take, we head over to the atrium for some hot chocolate, conversation and entertainment.

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6:56 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Tampa Lawyer, Former Gubernatorial Candidate Bill McBride Dies

Bill McBride ran against Jeb Bush in 2002 and supported the gubernatorial campaign of his wife, Alex Sink. He died of an apparent heart attack in North Carolina.
TAMPA - Bill McBride, a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Tampa lawyer, died Saturday. He had a heart attack Saturday evening while in Mount Airy, N.C., with family, according to his wife, Alex Sink, also a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate. Mr. McBride, who lost the 2002 gubernatorial election to Jeb Bush, was 67 years old.
Health News Florida
11:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Health News Florida Has a Great New Website

For all of you interested in health news, consider this a holiday present.

WUSF Public Media recently acquired Health News Florida, an award-winning website focused on explaining how health policy affects you and your family.

As of today, Health News Florida has a beautiful new website, with more health stories from NPR, and great audio and video as well.

Health News Florida also is producing a weekly radio feature that’s aired every Thursday on WUSF 89.7 and on public radio stations throughout the state of Florida.

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7:10 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Why Charlie Crist Became a Democrat

Credit Associated Press photo

It all started with a hug.

It was 2009. Charlie Crist was governor of Florida. The recession was starting to hit hard. And President Obama had just won election in a landslide.

Obama came to Ft. Myers to talk up his stimulus plan. Crist was grateful for the money.

And then, they hugged.

The Club for Growth and Marco Rubio campaigns used the photo to tar Crist as an insincere conservative. It helped Rubio beat Crist in the primary for U.S. Senate.

But Crist is not so easily defeated. He became an independent and kept running for Senate.

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Making Sense of the Media
7:51 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Times Editor Speaks Out About Gretchen Molannen's Suicide

Gretchen Molannen
Credit EVE EDELHEIT / Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa Bay Times recently profiled Gretchen Molannen, a 39-year-old suffering from a condition called persistent genital arousal disorder.

According to the Times, it is “a debilitating condition marked by continuous sexual arousal. Women who have the disorder are physically but not psychologically aroused.”

For Molannen, having the disorder meant she couldn’t work. She said she had attempted suicide at least three times in the past year.

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Making Sense of the Media
4:21 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

"No Journalistic Purpose" for New York Post Subway Death Photo

Kelly McBride runs the Sense-making Project at the Poynter Institute.

You may have heard about it already -- a disturbing photo of a man, just pushed in front of a subway, seconds from his death.

The New York Post published the photo on the front page with the headline, "Doomed."

Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense-making Project says this boils down to two ethical questions:

1. When should a photographer put the camera down and try to help a potential victim?

2. When should newspapers print disturbing photos?

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Health News Florida
3:38 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

WUSF Documentary About Rape in the Military Wins Emmy

Uniform Betrayal: Rape in the Military, a documentary produced by won a Suncoast Emmy

Congratulations to WUSF filmmakers Jennifer Molina and Sarah Pusateri  for winning a Suncoast Emmy for their documentary "Uniform Betrayal: Rape in the Military."

The hour-long film exposes what many warriors may not consider when signing up to serve their country -- sexual assault or rape by their brothers and sisters in arms.

The film highlights an epidemic of sexual assault in the military that up until recently was largely overlooked by military officials.

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1:32 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Lap Dancers, Walt Disney, and Carnies: A Collection of Florida Stories

The online magazine Longform has gathered some awesome stories about our area -- including lap dancer pioneer Joe Redner; carnival workers in Gibsonton, and Calvin Trillin's take on a newly-opened Disney World.
Every weekend, Longform shares a collection of great stories from its archive with Slate. For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out Longform or follow @longform on Twitter. Have an iPad? Download Longform's app to read the latest picks, plus features from dozens of other magazines, including Slate....
1:22 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

USF to Mumford and Sons: We Will Wait for You

USF's Student Government and the company that runs the USF Sun Dome have a message for English indie rockers Mumford and Sons: We want you.

Specifically, they want the band to perform at USF on its worldwide tour promoting the new album, Babel.

"We have a lot of dedicated fans of Mumford & Sons; many of which even drove to see them perform at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee," said USF Student Body President, Brian Goff.

"The students here are passionate about the band and would love to have such great performers come on campus and showcase their talent.”

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7:24 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

"Shirtless" FBI Agent Named in Petraeus Scandal: Frederick Humphries

The New York Times is reporting the name of the FBI agent that started the investigation that brought down Petraeus. He helped foil a terrorist plot and shot and killed a veteran at the gates of MacDill in self-defense.
DOVER, Fla. - The F.B.I. agent who helped start the investigation that led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus as C.I.A. director is a "hard-charging" veteran counterterrorism investigator who used his command of French in investigating the foiled "millennium" terrorist plot in 1999, colleagues said on Wednesday. The agent, Frederick W.