Steve Newborn

Assistant News Director

Steve Newborn is WUSF's assistant 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 - twice.

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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Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday continued to push for more federal funding to combat the spread of the Zika virus. But the governor has a bad track record in prying dollars from Washington. That's the word from PolitiFact Florida, which says he's only gotten half of his requests for declarations of "major disasters." WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about that with PolitiFact's Josh Gillen.

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Did Florida lawmakers really cut property taxes by more than $400 million dollars? And why is presidential campaigner John Kasich complaining about free media coverage by one of his opponents? WUSF's Steve Newborn tackles these claims with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.


One of the more interesting trials to make its way to St. Petersburg pits wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media. The company is being sued by Hogan because they published a sex tape with his estranged friend's wife. That ex-friend is Bubba the Love Sponge. who filmed the whole scene without him know about it.

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The nation is in the midst of elections where people vote because they're scared of how the economy or country is going. That's the consensus from a pair of political consultants who spoke Wednesday at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg for a primary post-mortem.


Are nearly half of all African-American high school graduates unable to land a job? And just how neutral is Donald Trump in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians?  WUSF's Steve Newborn takes a closer look at these issues with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.

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Several thousand people crowded into the Tampa Convention Center Monday afternoon, as Donald Trump made his second local appearance ahead of the Florida presidential primary.

Trump, Clinton Hold Big Poll Leads Going Into Florida Primary

Mar 14, 2016
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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton hold big leads going into Tuesday's presidential primaries in Florida - a potentially devastating sign for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's bid for the White House, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

Trump leads Rubio by a margin of 46 percent to 22 percent, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 14 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 10 percent.

After all the debates and primaries and chatter from the political class, it all comes down to this: Tuesday's Florida primary may determine the next Republican candidate for president.

If Florida Senator Marco Rubio doesn't come in first - and collect 99 delegates in the winner-take-all contest, his quest is probably over.

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Though she has a commanding lead in most polls, Hillary Clinton can still expect a stiff challenge from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Tuesday in Florida's presidential primary. And as many Florida voters got to see up close last week the sound - and the look - of their rallies are very different than those held by Republicans.

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Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton packed the Ritz Theatre in Tampa's Ybor City at lunchtime Thursday, taking about issues such as climate change and solar power and finding money to rebuild ports, roads and rail.

Expanding gambling throughout Florida seems to be a lost bet this year in Tallahassee. But does the state really get six times the money that people lose gambling?  And was Mitt Romney's recent attacks on Donald Trump in keeping what he said during the last presidential campaign? WUSF's Steve Newborn gets the facts with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.

The proposed expansion of the gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe looks like it's dead this year in Tallahassee. It would have expanded the use of slot machines at various race tracks around the state.

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of about 1,000 people at the Tampa Convention Center Monday night, vowing not only to stay in the race for president, but saying he's the only Republican candidate who can beat front-runner Donald Trump.

Here's a memo to all those candidates for are planning last-minute stops before Florida's March 15 primary: a lot of voters have already made up their minds.

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Congressman Patrick Murphy took his campaign for the U.S. Senate to the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club today. There,  he shared moderate, mainstream Democratic views on most of the issues.

Journalists have been depicted in the movies since back in the days of The Front Page and Citizen Kane. But the grittiness of the profession may not have hit home for most people until the movie Spotlight, which  just won the Oscar for Best Picture. It portrays the Boston Globe’s investigation into widespread child sex abuse around Boston by numerous Roman Catholic priests.

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Is the Tampa Bay area really one of the 10 areas most threatened by sea level rise in the world?  And what's up with Trump University? To find out about these issues, WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.

Recently, the head of the Tampa Bay’s Sierra Club chapter warned Hillsborough County Commissioners that building more roads will only make the impact of global warming worse for the entire region.

Manatee County home builder Carlos Beruff on Monday became the fifth Republican to try to succeed Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. He made announcements in Miami, Jacksonville and Orlando, before coming home to Bradenton.

Beruff gave a short speech by political standards - only about 10 minutes - while standing in front of a pond behind Medallion Home, his Manatee County business. There, he cast himself as a political outsider - this being the first elected office he's sought. 

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Melanie White is on a mission to help save the elusive - and endangered - North Atlantic Right Whale.

"They have been here longer than we have, and there's no reason they shouldn't be able to survive and co-exist with humans," she says.

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A poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University shows Donald Trump with a commanding lead in Florida over native son Marco Rubio, with less than three weeks to go before the state primary.

The number of manatees in Florida seems to be steady, according to a study released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.