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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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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
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

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.


Complete Scan Of Dozier School Grounds For Graves Scheduled

Jun 20, 2019
USF investigators conduct exhumation work in a cemetery on the Marianna, FL, campus of the Dozier School for Boys in August 2013.
Pool/Edmund D. Fountain / Tampa Bay Times

Forensic experts will return next month to the grounds of a notorious state reform school – where 51 sets of remains were unearthed in 2013 – to find out what lies in 27 additional sites.

University of South Florida anthropologists, led by Erin Kimmerle, will return to the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna starting in mid-July.

After multiple issues with how public universities handled funds, the Florida Board of Governors required trustees at all 12 public universities to take a financial training session called Flavors of Money.
State University System Board of Governors

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.

David Mearns
The OPEN Partnership Education Network at USFSP

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.

The first All Things Considered studio in 1972.
NPR

While "Morning Edition" is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, let's not forget its older sibling, "All Things Considered." NPR's flagship news program made its debut May 3, 1971.

Drew Falkowitz, 16, will become the youngest person to ever graduate from USF when he receives his Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology this weekend.
Rachel Smith / WUSF Public Media

Spring is in the air--and so are graduation caps.

The Spring 2019 graduates from the University of South Florida will make their mark as the largest graduating class in school history. An estimated 7,500 degrees will be handed out during the May commencement ceremonies, but one stands out among the rest.

Sophia Wisniewska
USF St. Petersburg

Former University of South Florida St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska, who stepped down in the wake of controversy following Hurricane Irma two years ago, has filed a lawsuit against USF and System President Judy Genshaft.

USF forensic anthropology students and FBI agents learn crime scene mapping skills at the annual field day at the Facility for Outdoor Research and Training (FORT).
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Since 2006, the University of South Florida has brought together FBI agents and students studying to become forensic investigators for a field training day.

In earlier versions, they’d meet on the Tampa campus or on the nearby grounds of MOSI and look at how the bodies of buried pigs decompose in Florida’s climate. But for the past few years, they’ve actually had a dedicated field – and real human bodies – to study.

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, left, congratulates his Columbus counterpart, Sergei Bobrovsky, after the Blue Jackets completed a four game sweep Tuesday night, 7-3.
Tampa Bay Lightning

Sullen and speechless, the Tampa Bay Lightning had little explanation for how they followed up a glorious regular season by getting bounced from the playoffs with record-setting haste.

A drone controlled by a pilot's brain flies during USF's first ever Brain-Drone Races.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Anyone who’s ever flown a drone can tell you – it’s not the easiest thing to do. Now imagine if the only way you could control that drone – is with your brain.

That’s the challenge 16 University of South Florida students faced recently at the school’s inaugural Brain-Drone race.

WUSF is looking for student interns for the summer and fall 2019 semesters.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

WUSF News is looking for student journalists ready for the opportunity to work in a professional newsroom. We're taking applications for a number of internships for the Summer and Fall 2019 semesters, including the Stephen Noble Internship - a semester-long chance to develop into a public radio reporter - and a new visual news internship.

The USF men's basketball team won the College Basketball Invitational championship with a 77-65 win over DePaul Friday in Chicago.
USF Athletics

David Collins had 19 points and eight rebounds as the University of South Florida beat DePaul 77-65 on Friday night in Chicago for the College Basketball Invitational championship.

Eric Younghans / USF Health Communications & Marketing

USF Health is continuing to strengthen its offerings in both research and treatment of diseases by recruiting high-profile scientists and physicians from around the world. One of their latest additions is Dr. Christian Bréchot, the former president of France’s renowned Pasteur Institute.

Jurors in the John Jonchuck trial on Monday began debating whether he was insane or not when he threw his daughter off a Tampa Bay area bridge four years ago.
Pinellas County Jail

The trial of a Pinellas County man accused of killing his five-year-old daughter by throwing her off a bridge is temporarily on hold.

John Jonchuck's lawyers claimed Tuesday that their client has been suffering from “auditory hallucinations” – hearing voices in court and in jail the last few days.

Jordan Zimmerman, seen with USF President Judy Genshaft and students at the naming of the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications in 2015, has been named the chair of the USF Board of Trustees.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida will have a new president, Steven Currall, in July. But before that, it's gaining a new chair of the Board of Trustees.

Advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman has served as the Board's vice chair since June of 2016. He's now moving up to the lead role, taking over for Brian Lamb after a unanimous vote from the rest of the board Monday.

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