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 just about everything else 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; and how the BP Deepwater Horizon spill affected Florida.

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. Steve is a graduate of the journalism department at the University of South Florida.


4:44 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Boat Springs Purchased for Preservation

Map of Boat Spring

The Southwest Florida Water Management District announced today it has closed on the purchase of Boat Spring. It's part of the headwaters of Hammock Creek spring system, located in Aripeka, on the Gulf of Mexico at the Hernando and Pasco County line.

Here's more information from the Southwest Florida Water Management District:

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9:02 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Leadership Tampa Media Day At WUSF

WUSF's Craig Kopp and Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense-Making Project tape a show at WUSF Dec. 3
Credit Owen LaFave/Twitter

Leadership Tampa's 2014 class held its Media Day at WUSF Public Media on Dec. 3. About 55 people were on hand to witness a live taping of our Making Sense of the Media program, with host Craig Kopp and Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense-Making Project.

After the taping, the class was split into four parts to see how reporters get to do their jobs.

Click on each of these audio links to listen to how the class did reporting the "news":

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1:54 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Hillsborough's Elia Named Fl Superintendent of the Year

Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia was named Florida’s 2015 Superintendent of the Year today by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

Elia was recognized in Tampa during a joint meeting of the association and the Florida School Boards Association.

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5:11 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Florida Gets $34 Million Oil Spill Grant for Conservation

Florida has received $34.3 million in conservation grants from a settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The National Fish and Wildlife Federation on Monday said the money will fund nine projects that were decided upon in consultation with state and federal environmental agencies.

Gov. Rick Scott applauded the funding, many of which will benefit the Panhandle, and said the work will protect natural resources for future generations.

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5:44 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

USF College of Marine Science Awarded $20 Million For Gulf Oil Spill Research

USF biological oceanographer Steven Murawski is the principal investigator for the C-Image study, which examines the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. Murawski, here in a 2012 research cruise, specifically studies the impact of the spill on fish
Credit USF photo

The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science announced late Friday it has been awarded a $20.2 million grant by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. The money will be used to continue the school's studies of the ongoing effects of the 2010 BP oil spill, which became the largest spill in the nation's history.

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4:04 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Two Apparent Sinkholes Open in Pasco County

A car goes belly up in the depression
Credit Pasco County

A second hole has formed in Holiday, where a hole developed in a driveway and swallowed a car.

Pasco County spokesman Doug Tobin says the new hole opened Tuesday in a roadway and grew about 10 feet wide. No other cars or property was damaged and no injuries were reported.

Tobin says work has been suspended on a nearby sewer lift station due to the subsurface activity. Engineers have to confirm that the depressions are sinkholes.

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3:58 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Jeb Bush Stumps for Scott in Sarasota

Jeb presses the flesh at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Both Charlie Crist and Rick Scott are hauling out the biggest names in each party as election day draws near. Today, Crist campaigned with Bill Clinton, and Scott toured the state with governors Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry. And perhaps the biggest name in Republican politics stumped for Scott in Sarasota.


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2:51 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Strong Cold Front Approaching

Blustery conditions on the way

A strong cold front will enter the State of Florida late Friday night. The main concern is the blustery winds after the frontal passage. Winds are expected to blow during the day on Saturday from 15 to 20 mph, with periods of 20 to 25 mph gusts. The strong winds will effect both the Gulf, and Atlantic coasts.

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7:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Bill Clinton Comes to Tampa to Stump for Charlie Crist

Together Again

Former president Bill Clinton will headline an early vote rally in support of Charlie Crist this Sunday, October 26th at 5:00PM. The rally will be held at Cyrus Greene Park in Tampa.

Doors will open for the public at 3:15 p.m.  Anyone wishing to attend the event should visit for tickets.

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12:56 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Joe Maddon's Leaving the Tampa Bay Rays

Credit twitter

After nine seasons, 754 wins, 4 playoff appearances and an American League Championship in 2008, Joe Maddon is no longer the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Maddon was the guiding force behind the Tampa Bay Rays' drive from perennial cellar-dwellers in the American League East to the World Series in 2008. 

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4:16 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Another Poll Shows Governor's Race Deadlocked


The Florida governor’s election between former Gov. Charlie Crist and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott is essentially tied, according to a new poll from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

With less than two weeks before the election, Crist leads, 43-40 percent, with Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie pulling 8 percent, and 9 percent of likely voters saying they are undecided.

Crist’s lead is within the poll’s margin of error, and the race can be described as a statistical tie.

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5:21 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

USF Cancels African Journalists Visit; Ebola Fears Blamed

African journalists from the 2010 Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists pose along the USF St. Pete waterfront

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:21 am

Officials at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have canceled a five-day visit by 14 African journalists that was to begin Oct. 31, because of fears of the Ebola virus.

In a letter today written by Han Reichgelt, regional vice president for academic affairs (see below), he says they're doing so out of an abundance of caution.

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12:48 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Governor's Debate Live Chat Tonight

The 2014 gubernatorial election is being watched by politics buffs across the nation. It's a competitive race, and Florida voters will have plenty to decide on.

In preparation for our coverage of the first English-language debate, public radio stations across the state have worked together to bring you stories about some of Florida's big issues.

Click on the icons to see what Floridians across the state are voting on.


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5:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Jill Biden, Annette Taddeo Campaign on Education at USF

Jill Biden presses the flesh with USF students
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News

As the race for governor heats up, the Democrats are calling on some big names to help out Charlie Crist. Vice President Joe Biden is in South Florida this afternoon, and his wife Jill appeared today at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She listened to a group of students talking about making college affordable.

Biden says the average college student is weighed down with about $30,000 of debt when they graduate.

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10:57 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Could Ferguson Happen in the Tampa Bay Area?

The panel at USF, from left to right: NPR television critic Eric Deggans, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper, James Cole, president of the Hillsborough Sheriff's Black Advisory Council, and attorney Alec Hall
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News

The recent riots in Ferguson, Missouri that were sparked by the police shooting of a black man have led many communities to reassess how their police departments interact with the community. A forum held Thursday night at the University of South Florida Tampa campus talked about just that.

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