News Director Named At WUSF
WUSF Public Media announced Monday that Mary Shedden will become its new News Director.
Shedden, a journalist for more than 20 years, has been at WUSF since 2013, most recently serving as editor of Health News Florida, which provides original radio and online health news for Florida's public radio listeners and an online audience. She oversees health reporters based in Orlando, Miami, Tampa and St. Petersburg as they report on health policy and topics, such as the rising tide of HIV infections in Florida.
“Many listeners may know Mary from her voice on the radio, but fewer may know she played such a pivotal leadership role behind the scenes, helping steer Health News Florida to where it is today. We’re privileged to have someone move up the ranks here with such intense devotion, skill and sure-footed news judgment,” said WUSF Public Media General Manager JoAnn Urofsky.
Shedden steps into the role, following Interim News Director Steve Newborn. The longtime environmental and political reporter has been in charge of the newsroom for the past two years, a period of which WUSF News garnered more than three dozen journalism awards.
As News Director, Shedden will oversee a team of reporters and producers and help steer WUSF newsroom programs such as "Florida Matters," and orchestrate local coverage to merge with NPR's newsmagazines, “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
Before joining WUSF, Shedden served as a senior reporter covering health and business for The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com, covering topics such as retired professional athletes in chronic pain, toxins in children’s toys and the risk seniors face from prescription drug overdoses.
She also worked for Florida Today and the Gainesville Sun, and been honored by professional organizations including the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Florida Society of News Editors. She is also on the board of directors for the national Association of Health Care Journalists.
A graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, Shedden has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1999.