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Mark Schreiner

Assistant News Director

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV from 2007-2017. 

In addition to serving as a producer, reporter, host and assistant news director, he serves as intern coordinator for WUSF News. 

He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992. Mark graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in Telecommunications/Radio in 1994.

Mark has won a number of honors as a reporter, including a pair of regional Edward R. Murrow awards, a Silver Telly award for the documentary, “Plant City Goes to War,” and multiple awards from the Associated Press Florida Broadcasters, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists.

Contact Mark at 813-974-8693, on Twitter @wusfschreiner or by email at mschreiner@wusf.org.

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Hillsborough County School officials are looking into the possibility that some grounds of King High School rest on what was a cemetery for indigent African Americans.

Under legislation passed last year, the University of South Florida has until next summer to bring the accreditation of its three campuses under one umbrella.

But when System President Steven Currall presented a consolidation plan to the USF Board of Trustees last month, it drew criticism from some students and faculty, as well as lawmakers, who blasted it for giving too much control over USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee to leaders on the Tampa campus.

“Zion Cemetery isn’t lost – Zion Cemetery was erased.”

That was the message from one University of South Florida archaeologist at a recent presentation at the Tampa Bay History Center about Zion Cemetery, which is believed to be the first African American cemetery in Tampa.

While the University of South Florida football team celebrated its Homecoming with a come-from-behind 27-23 victory over BYU Saturday, the USF Athletics program also marked $2.5 million in donor gifts, including $2 million for an on-campus practice facility.

For most of the last decade, Erin Kimmerle has led a team that has tried to find the bodies of students who were buried at Dozier School for Boys – some of whom died throughout the last century under mysterious, possibly violent, circumstances.

From a distance, the bright fluorescent figures under the Boot Ranch overpass in Palm Harbor may look like another wall covered in graffiti; but, take a closer look and you will find a common theme- a shark on a skateboard, a kid on a tricycle, an old turtle on a scooter.

These images are all part of a mural titled Be Right Back by artist Stephen Palladino, the first step in Pinellas County’s attempts to minimize vandalism and increase public art.

In March, WUSF was the only media outlet invited to join students and agents from the FBI on a visit to a University of South Florida-run facility where researchers learn what happens to the dead when they're exposed to Florida's elements.

But USF will lose its access to the site in a few years, raising questions of both why and what’s next.

Over the last two decades or so, CTE – short for chronic traumatic encephalopathy – has become almost synonymous with the National Football League.

The media’s role in the relationship between the football and concussions and other brain injuries is the subject of a new book called CTE, Media, and the NFL: Framing a Public Health Crisis as a Football Epidemic.

Amelia Earhart stands under the nose of her Lockheed Model 10-E Electra.
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It's one of history’s enduring mysteries: what happened to famed aviator Amelia Earhart?

A University of South Florida researcher is joining National Geographic in trying to answer that question.

Weather map showing potential track of Tropical Depression Nine
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

A tropical depression has formed near the Bahamas and is likely to bring heavy winds and rain to islands already hit hard by Hurricane Dorian.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression Nine formed Friday afternoon and could become a tropical storm by Saturday. The storm is expected to have some impact on portions of Florida.

USF, UF, FSU See Gains In Best College Rankings

Sep 9, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at Florida State University Monday morning, praising the school for ranking as the country's 18th best public university in the latest U.S. News and World World Report rankings.
Courtesy Governor's Press Office

Gov. Ron DeSantis, state lawmakers and university officials are bragging about the University of South Florida, Florida State University and the University of Florida moving up in the rankings of an annual report that grades the country's top public colleges and universities.

USF Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies Chuck Owen
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USF Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies Chuck Owen has taken his multiple Grammy-nominated big band, The Jazz Surge, and turned it into a sextet named ReSurgence.

And as nervous as he is about the band's debut Wednesday night in Ybor City, Owen is more anxious about the new role he'll play in it: piano player, as opposed to conductor.

Defendant Michael Drejka listens during his manslaughter trial in Pinellas Circuit Court Wednesday.
Scott Keeler/ Tampa Bay Times pool photo

A prosecutor told jurors Wednesday that a white Florida man who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a dispute over a parking space in a Clearwater parking lot had initiated a similar confrontation just months before, while his defense attorney said the shooting was in self-defense.

Students at a commencement ceremony in the USF Yuengling Center.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Steven Currall will oversee his first commencement exercises as the President of the University of South Florida this weekend.

More than 3,200 degrees will be conferred during three ceremonies in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

Portions of this story were originally published May 6, 2019.

In 1986, David Mearns received his Master’s degree in Marine Geology from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science.

Since then, he's become one of the world's most renowned shipwreck hunters, with 25 discoveries and three world records, including one for the deepest shipwreck ever found.

University of South Florida President Steven Currall met with USF St. Petersburg Student Government leaders on their campus on his first official day on the job July 1.
USF Communications and Marketing

Steven Currall is settling in as the President of the University of South Florida. Currall, 60, officially became the university’s seventh president on July 1.

Currall talked to WUSF’s University Beat in one of his first extended interviews with any Tampa Bay area reporter. 


USF President Steven Currall poses for a photo in front of a backdrop.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

For the first time since 2000, the University of South Florida has a new president. Steven Currall, who was named to the job in March, officially became the university’s seventh president on July 1.


Steven Currall speaks to USF research faculty at the Patel Center in Tampa on his first day as USF President Monday.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

By Mark Schreiner

Steven Currall’s first official day as University of South Florida President Monday began with a trip of a few hundred feet from his new home in the Lifsey House on the Tampa campus to the Gibbons Alumni Center next door.

It wrapped up with visits to the USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee campuses. In between, he laid out a plan that will take the school into the next 12 months and beyond.

Steven Currall
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By Mark Schreiner

The changing of the guard becomes official at the University of South Florida Monday as Steven Currall becomes President.

He succeeds Judy Genshaft, who is retiring after 19 years leading the school.

USF President Judy Genshaft stands in front of a fountain on the Tampa campus.
USF Marketing and Communications

With University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft’s July 1 retirement approaching, this week's Florida Matters looks back at her 19 years leading USF.

Host Robin Sussingham talks to Assistant News Directors Steve Newborn and Mark Schreiner, who have covered Genshaft since both arrived at WUSF in 2001, shortly after Genshaft became USF's sixth president.


Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed into a law a higher-education package that changes how public universities and colleges will fund construction projects, a top priority of House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes.

The bill (SB 190) was prompted, in part, by a high-profile financial scandal at the University of Central Florida. The university was found to have misused millions of dollars in state funds for a construction project.

Judy Genshaft talks with WUSF's Mark Schreiner about her 19 years as USF System President in April.
Adam Freeman / USF Communications & Marketing

We’re into the final days of Judy Genshaft’s tenure as president of the University of South Florida.

I sat down recently for a two-part interview with Genshaft, who will retire July 1 after leading USF for 19 years. In the first part, we discussed her successes. In this part, she reflected some more, including on some of the low points of her administration.

USF System President Judy Genshaft and Trustee Vice Chair Les Muma at a June 5 meetin.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

On July 1, Judy Genshaft will retire after 19 years as the president of the University of South Florida System.

During the 71-year-old’s nearly two decades leading USF, the school’s enrollment grew by 40 percent, its four-year graduation rate tripled. Its endowment nearly doubled from $254 million to $480 million.

Students assembling a rocket.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Anyone who has ever built and launched a rocket – from a child with a store-bought kit to the NASA scientists who put a human on the moon to Elon Musk – know it’s a saga of many failures and (hopefully) massive successes.

It’s also a story that the members of the University of South Florida’s Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry, or SOAR, are very familiar with.

2020 U.S. Census logo
U.S. Census Bureau

A group of local organizations is hosting a town hall meeting this weekend to encourage participation in the 2020 Census.

Florida KIDS COUNT, the State Innovation Exchange and Organize Florida will host the meeting on Saturday on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida.

AbleNook, an expandable, customized modular dwelling.
AbleNook

In a nondescript warehouse in Tampa's Ybor City, a young company is in the process of creating a new kind of modular home that could change both luxury living and post-hurricane shelters.

USF System President Judy Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, are surrounded by students from the USF Honors College.
Adam Bakst / WUSF Public Media

In about a month, Judy Genshaft will retire as the President of the University of South Florida. 

But, thanks to a $20 million gift from her and her husband, her name will live on with the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College.

Map showing proposed layout of new Amazon cargo operation at Lakeland Linder International Airport.
Lakeland City Commission

Amazon is planning to bring one of its biggest U.S. facilities in the Southeast to the Tampa Bay area.

The online retail giant plans to build a $17 million center on the northwest side of Lakeland Linder International Airport.

Baljinder Sekhon plays the piano.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Earlier this year, the Florida Orchestra debuted a piece written by a University of South Florida music compositition professor. 

You can hear Baljinder Sekhon’'s "Stars" Thursday night at 7 on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 as part of its Evening Masterwork series. 

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USF Communications and Marketing

The University of South Florida is officially throwing in the towel on its controversial bull logo barely eight months after it debuted.

Joe Hice, USF Vice President of Communications and Marketing, released a statement Monday morning to students, faculty, staff and alumni acknowledging the vocal response it received from some quarters since it was unveiled last September.

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