Steve Newborn

Interim News Director

Steve Newborn is WUSF's interim news director as well as a reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues, politics and transportation in the Tampa Bay area.

He’s been with WUSF since 2001, and has covered events such as President George W. Bush’s speech in Sarasota as the Sept. 11 attacks unfolded; the ongoing drama over whether the feeding tube should be removed from Terri Schiavo; the arrest and terrorism trial of USF professor Sami Al-Arian; how the BP Deepwater Horizon spill affected Florida; and he followed the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition through the state - and is currently following them on their latest journey.

Before joining WUSF, he covered environmental and Polk County news for the Tampa Tribune and worked for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center during the early days of the space shuttle.

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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
1:39 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition Ends 1,000-Mile Journey

From left, Carlton Ward Jr., Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie after they finished their 1,000-mile trip
Steve Newborn WUSF News

Their trip took them nearly a thousand miles, from the headwaters of the Everglades through the Panhandle to the Alabama state line. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition has finally come to an end, on an sandy barrier island near Pensacola Beach. WUSF traveled with the trio, and we report on their thoughts on the end of the expedition - and what the future might hold.

If their journey of a thousand miles began with one step, it ended with a couple of dozen hugs.

SOUND: Hugs on the beach after landing.

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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
11:18 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Exploring Florida's Wild Northwest with the Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Expedition photographer Carlton Ward Jr. shoots the massive bluffs overlooking Juniper Creek
Steve Newborn WUSF News

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is in the final week of a nearly 1,000-mile trek from Central Florida across the Panhandle to the Alabama state line. They're hiking and paddling sandy-bottom rivers in the state's wild northwest corner. It's also home to the biggest military bases in Florida. This week, we report on how helicopter bombing runs mix with the peace of the wild.
 

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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
1:57 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Saving Wildlife Under Superhighways with the Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Expedition members cross underneath Interstate 4 in January
Steve Newborn WUSF News

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is now crossing through the western Panhandle, after they've hiked, biked and kayaked from Central Florida. But to get there, they had to cross some other emblems of Florida - traffic-choked Interstate highways. We go to some of the biggest barriers to the expedition's goal of establishing a continuous wildlife corridor.
 

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Florida Matters
1:43 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Florida Matters: FL Wildlife Corridor Update From The Shores of Apalachicola Bay

Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Nearly 1,000 miles in 70 days -- that's how long a trio of wildlife enthusiasts are traversing the state, from Central Florida to the Alabama state line. 

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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
3:27 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Visiting Rare Coastal Dune Lakes with The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Paddleboarding the Gulf where Western Lake at Grayton Beach State Park meets the Gulf
Steve Newborn WUSF News

We're following the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition as they hike, bike and kayak nearly 1,000 miles in 70 days from Central Florida, through the Panhandle to the Alabama State line. They recently visited one of the rarest ecosystems in the world. The Coastal Dune Lakes are where blackwater lakes mix with the green of the Gulf of Mexico. We went along with them for a paddle in one of these lakes.
 

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Politics
12:45 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Democratic Response to State of the State Address

State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa

State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, the Senate Democratic leader, gave a response to Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State. Her remarks as prepared for delivery:

On the road to his first election, Republican Governor Rick Scott promised Floridians that under his 7-step economic plan, “total job growth will accelerate, the number of new business start-ups will increase, wages and salaries will grow, and the productivity and vitality of Florida’s economy will soar.”

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Politics
11:37 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Listen: Gov. Scott's State of the State Address

Gov. Rick Scott

 

 

Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State Address
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
11:12 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition Braves the Icy Apalachicola

Waiting for a group paddle on Owl Creek, a tributary of the Apalachicola
Steve Newborn WUSF News

WUSF is following the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition as they bike, hike and kayak from Central Florida through the Panhandle to the Alabama state line. The three conservationists recently kayaked down the Apalachicola River. It's at the heart of a water war pitting three states that has reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. We met up with the group and paddled 50 miles downstream, where the river meets the Gulf of Mexico. Their trip started on the coldest day of the year.
 

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Politics
1:49 am
Wed February 18, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Jeb and Hispanics; Alcee Hastings and Bears

Jeb Bush is being touted in some quarters as the answer to the Republican Party's looming demographic problems. As their base in the white community shrinks in proportion to other ethnic groups, Bush's secret weapon could be his own  household: he has a Mexican wife and a son who identifies himself as Hispanic. Plus, Jeb speaks Spanish - fluently.

So two weeks ago, Bush told the Detroit Economic Club that "Florida’s Hispanic kids are the best of any Hispanic group of Hispanic students in the United States -- in fact, two grade levels ahead of the average in the United States,"  

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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
4:26 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Takes Trip Back in Time to Steinhatchee

Steinhatchee River
Steve Newborn WUSF News

WUSF is following the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition as they bike, hike and kayak from Central Florida through the Panhandle to the Alabama state line. The three conservationists recently visited the coastal hamlet of Steinhatchee, deep in the Nature Coast. We paddled with them down the Steinhatchee River, fording some falls and getting a lesson in how much preserving the lands can spark Florida's economy.
 

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Business
1:56 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Feds: Help is On The Way to Combat Citrus Greening

Fruit infected with citrus greening

Citrus greening, which has laid waste to vast swaths of Florida's famed orange groves, has definitely gotten the attention of the federal government.

Monday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced he was allocating $30 million for 22 projects to help citrus producers combat citrus greening. It's considered one of the most serious citrus plant diseases in the world. It's also known as Huanglongbing, or yellow dragon disease. Once a tree is infected, there is no cure.

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Law & Order
5:48 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Two More Bodies Identified at Dozier School For Boys

USF Researcher Erin Kimmerle, with Det. Greg Thomas of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Credit Daylina Miller / WUSF News

2/21 1:30 p.m. 2nd paragraph corrected to indicate location of possible projectile found in one grave

Two more sets of remains were identified today from the Dozier School for Boys.

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Law & Order
10:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Update: Sami Al-Arian Leaves the U.S.

Dr. Sami Al-Arian (right) and his wife, Nahla, were deported to Turkey Wednesday, ending the former USF professor's almost 15 year battle with the U.S. government over terrorism-related charges.
Credit FreeSamiAlArian.com

UPDATE 2/5/15 10 a.m.

Sami Al-Arian's criminal attorney, Jonathan Turley, has confirmed what WUSF first reported Tuesday - the former USF professor has formally been deported from the United States.

In a statement posted on his webpage Thursday morning, Turley said Al-Arian and his wife, Nahla, left the country Wednesday night and arrived in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
10:59 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Paddling Florida's Iconic Springs with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Expedition member Joe Guthrie dives into Manatee Springs, along with photographer Carlton Ward Jr.
Credit Carlton Ward Jr.

WUSF is following the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition as they bike, hike and kayak from Central Florida through the Panhandle to the Alabama state line. The three conservationists recently paddled down the Withlacoochee River from the Green Swamp to the Gulf Coast. We  tagged along with them for a trip back to primeval Florida - paddling down one of the state's most pristine springs.

 

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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
4:17 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Hiking the Green Swamp with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Cold morning steam rises from Silver Lake on the Withlacoochee River
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are in the second week of their 10-week, 925-mile trek from Central Florida to the Alabama State line.  Part of their trip goes through the Green Swamp.  It's a mysterious place to most people, but critical to the the water supply for Central Florida.

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