LISTEN LIVE

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.

Ways to Connect

PolitiFact/Tampa Bay Times illustration by Ron Borresen

It's that time of the year again for PolitiFact's Lie of the Year. And this year's whopper goes to... drum roll please... President Donald Trump. That may not be such a surprise, given the president's propensity for - shall we say - stretching the boundaries of the truth.

Courtesy Latvala for Governor campaign

Campaign donations for State Senator and candidate for governor Jack Latvala have dried up since allegations of sexual harassment surfaced.

There are many stories of the state's pioneers of broadcasting, and author Donn Colee will bring to life a few of those to life when he speaks Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay History Center.

HART

Jeffrey Seward has been named as Interim Chief Executive Officer of HART, replacing Katharine Eagan, who resigned effected Jan. 5 to be the CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pa.

The HART Board of Directors announced the move Monday, while they conduct a national search for a permanent replacement. 

Democrats may soon have a rare chance to swing a moderate district their way. But first, voters in Sarasota have to choose between which Democrat they want to represent them in Tuesday's primary.

The District 72 primary pits Margaret Good, a Sarasota attorney and political rookie, against Ruta Jouniari, a Sarasota staffing agency owner. Political reporter William March says Jouniari considers herself an activist, which may not be sitting too well with more established members of the Democratic Party.

Allegations of sexual harassment surrounding a noted playwright has forced Tampa's Jobsite Theater to cancel an upcoming production. And its producing artistic director says this wasn't an easy decision.

 

David Jenkins has worked for years with famed playwright Israel Horovitz, so he said it was "stunning" to hear about the allegations from nine women.

WFTX

Has Gov. Rick Scott really cut taxes 75 times in office, cutting $7.5 billion dollars from the tax rolls? And has that resulted in over a million new jobs being created in Florida? WUSF's Steve Newborn and PolitiFact Florida's Allison Graves look at that claim and another from candidate for Gov. Chris King, who says Hispanics have started three times as many businesses as white men.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

Gov. Rick Scott stopped at a Tampa elementary school Monday morning, touting what he called a record budget for education. Scott may not get what he wants from lawmakers, but he vowed to push forward, anyway.

Yuisa Rios / FEMA

More than two months after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, thousands are still fleeing the island and many are coming to Florida.

This week on Florida Matters we'll discuss the impact of the Puerto Rican migration to Florida during the latest edition of our monthly news roundtable.


There are two special elections planned for the upcoming months - one on Sarasota and one centered on Plant City. 

Steven Shepard / FEMA

This week on Florida Matters we're hosting another edition of our monthly news roundtable. We'll discuss how the Puerto Rican migration to Florida after Hurricane Maria could impact our state.

workingnurse.com

Did Gov. Rick Scott really brag about the state's low wages during business trips? And is there a critical shortage of nurses in Florida? WUSF's Steve Newborn gets to the bottom of these claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

The reward money for information that helps solve the Seminole Heights homicides has now increased to $100,000. Tampa Police officials say it has been enhanced with money from with law enforcement partners, community groups, as well as private citizens.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

Police are scouring Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood, one day after a man was gunned down on Nebraska Avenue. It was the fourth murder in a month in the area north of downtown Tampa.

Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

This is the Sunshine State, so doesn’t solar power make sense? Then why does it only make up a tiny fraction of Florida’s electricity output? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and prognosis of solar energy in the state.


Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

A new report says Florida is leading the nation in solar permits for homes. This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the promise and prognosis of this type of renewable energy in the state.

In this preview, we look at why residential solar is becoming more popular - as well as at two new co-ops being formed to take advantage of the power of group buying.

Mary Shedden / WUSF Public Media

Rick Kriseman's victory in the race for St. Petersburg Mayor is being portrayed by some as part of a Democratic wave that included winning the governor's post in two states. But will it have much of an impact on the political landscape in Florida? WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about that with veteran political reporter William March.

The Florida Channel

State Sen. Jack Latvala's bid for governor - and possibly his political career - are in jeopardy after Politico Florida reported six women who work at the state Capitol accused him of sexual harrasment. The Clearwater Republican has vowed to fight the charges. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with political reporter William March about Latvala's future.

USF Athletics

A new indoor training facility for the University of South Florida Bulls football team will be built at the Tampa campus.

Tampa Police Department

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn named Interim Police Chief Brian Dugan to become the next chief of the Police Department on Tuesday afternoon.  

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

The Tampa Theatre is one of the oldest movie palaces in the country - and it's showing its age. It's being closed for six weeks, and parts of it will be returned to its former splendor.

Photo Courtesy Florida Audubon

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed one of Florida's leading environmental advocates to run the state park system.

Eric Draper has been executive director of Audubon Florida for 18 years. At the end of the month, he'll take over as director of 164 state parks. It's a bit of a switch for a service that has been criticized in the past for proposals such as logging and grazing in state parks.

Did Obamacare exacerbate the opioid crisis in America? And is expanding the child tax credit the only way the middle class will get a break from the GOP's proposed tax plan? We tackle those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

Google Maps

The Mosaic Company has announced it will temporarily close its Plant City phosphate processing plant at the end of the year. That comes despite the company reporting increased profits.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

Gwen Graham wants to follow in her father's footsteps and move into the governor's mansion in Tallahassee. So she's copying Bob Graham's "work days," and served up Cuban sandwiches Thursday in Tampa.

As we head into the November 7th election, records are being broken in the race for St. Petersburg mayor - and it's not only in the amount of partisan rhetoric.  The race in the state's fourth-largest city has taken an outsized role in funneling outside cash.

Photo Courtesy American Phytopathological Society

A new statewide poll shows environmental issues to be one of the top five issues facing Floridians. But not all parts of the state have the same concerns.

Photo courtesy PolitiFact Florida

Now that the election season is in full swing, the claims are coming fast and furious from political aspirants.

Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

Bipartisanship in Washington -- or lack thereof -- and what Florida voters can do about it. That's what two former Congressman are talking about in a series of town halls around the state.


Former Congressmen David Jolly, a Republican, and Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, are currently on a speaking tour to address the lack of bi-partisanship in Congress. 

Pages