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 - 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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Environment
9:33 am
Fri April 24, 2015

'Canopy Meg' Takes to the Treetops for an Evening of Women and Science

Meg Lowman

Margaret Lowman  got her nickname of "Canopy Meg" at an early age, for her penchant for climbing trees. Pretty soon, she became renowned in scientific circles for her research on the tops of trees - or their canopy.

She's speaking April 30th at the Tampa Theatre with another famous woman scientist, Sylvia Earle.  They will be introduced by WUSF's own Susan Giles Wantuck.

We talk with the Sarasota resident on why canopies are a vital part of the earth's ecology - and how women can succeed in science.

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Environment
9:01 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Marine Expedition to Investigate Plight of Manatees, Dolphins in Cuba

This has been a record year for counting the number of manatees in Florida, but what about our island neighbor to the south? Columbus first mentioned the waters off Cuba swimming with manatees, but since then they've been hunted for food.

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Politics
12:09 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Rubio and 'Dreamers,' Scott on Medicaid

Now that Sen. Marco Rubio is officially running for president, he's already being hit with a barrage of attack ads. One of them says he tried to deport so-called "dreamers."  We talk about that - and whether Gov. Rick Scott is taking both sides of the Medicaid debate - with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillen.

On the day Sen. Marco Rubio announced his presidential campaign, opponents wasted little time attacking his record.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Susan MacManus on Hillary, Rubio Entering Race

USF Professor Susan MacManus

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced today that he will be running for president on the Republican ticket  in 2016 - a day after Democrat Hillary Clinton announced her presidential plans. WUSF's Steve Newborn spoke with USF political science professor Susan MacManus about the implications for the race ahead.

She says it's looking like Florida is going to once again be the epicenter of presidential politics.

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Culture
1:16 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Keys to Freeze Pedaling 9,000 Miles from Key West to Deadhorse, Alaska

Keys to Freeze bikes into Blackwater River State Park to meet with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
Steve Newborn WUSF News

A group of six 20-somethings - including three from the Tampa Bay area - decided they needed a little exercise while getting a tour of America. So they decided to hop on their bicycles and pedal across the country.

No, this isn't the typical coast-to-coast trip. They started in January in Key West - and are biking to Deadhorse, Alaska.

Nine thousand miles.

The call themselves "Keys to Freeze."

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Environment
11:09 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Protecting Florida's Rare Coastal Dune Lakes

Sunset at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Steve Newborn WUSF News

Tucked into a slice of the western Florida Panhandle is one of the rarest ecosystems in the world. The Coastal Dune Lakes are where fresh water lakes occasionally mix with the salty surf of the Gulf of Mexico.  April 2 , WUSF TV will air the premiere of a documentary of this unique ecosystem, Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast.
 

Jacquee Markel swings open a wooden gate in her backyard that leads to another world. She lives on Oyster Lake, one of the Panhandle's Coastal Dune Lakes.

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Politics
11:05 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Rubio's Defense Spending; Patrick Murphy's Health Care Votes

Our military budget is back in the news.

Even with the U.S. combat role in Iraq and Afghanistan officially over, potential presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for a reversal of a shrinking defense budget.

Earlier this month, Rubio moved to raise the Pentagon’s budget - despite the end to two wars. In a speech on the Senate floor, he said the defense budget already has gone down too much.

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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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