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; 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.

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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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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
5:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Journey of Nearly 1,000 Miles Begins with First Step

Expedition members Joe Guthrie and Mallory Lykes Dimmitt prepare to cross underneath Interstate 4 in Polk County on bicycles
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Three years ago, four conservationists embarked on a trip to walk and kayak the entire length of Florida. Their mission: to bring attention to the need to protect lands connecting the state's wild areas. Now, The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is back - and it's taking a different turn.

There's an old Chinese proverb that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Well, they're not going a thousand miles - only 925 miles, give or take. And their first step was on a pedal. Of a bicycle.

The members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are off on an encore version of their epic thousand-mile journey in 2012. Then, they trekked from the tip of the Everglades through the remaining wild spaces of the peninsula, north to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.

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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
5:46 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Kicks off First Leg

Members of the expedition use a cattle crossing underneath Interstate 4 in Polk County
Steve Newborn WUSF News

Back in 2012, four explorers spent 100 days walking and kayaking 1,000 miles up the length of Florida, from the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. The mission – to publicize the need to connect the state’s remaining wild areas. This year, the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is back.

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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
11:51 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition - Part II - Begins Saturday

Expedition members Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, left, Joe Guthrie and Carlton Ward Jr. speak at the Florida Aquarium kickoff event
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Back in 2012, four explorers spent 100 days walking and kayaking 1,000 miles up the length of Florida, from the tip of the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. The mission – to publicize the need to connect the state’s remaining wild areas.

This year, the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is back.

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Environment
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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Culture
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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Education
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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Environment
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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Environment
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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Environment
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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Politics
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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Environment
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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Politics
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 charliecrist.com/tampa for tickets.

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Culture
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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Politics
4:16 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Another Poll Shows Governor's Race Deadlocked

Credit www.politicsdaily.com

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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