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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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Smoke from Pasco brush fire
florida forest service

Starkey Park in Pasco County is closed Friday due to a brush fire.

gymnasium door
Carl Lisciandrello / WUSF Public Media

Florida gymnasiums and fitness centers are among the latest places able to begin reopening.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the latest steps in his plan to get businesses back up and running during the coronavirus pandemic at a Friday press conference in Jacksonville.

casino floor with slot machines
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

It may just be a matter of weeks until the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa reopens.

Jim Allen, the Chairman and CEO of the Seminole Tribe of Florida's gaming company, told Fox Business News on Thursday that they could open the doors on their Florida properties at the end of this month or in early June.

people sitting by rocks and water with pier
City of Tampa

As part of Phase 1 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to reopen Florida during the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Tampa reopened 13 park trails, beaches, and dog parks May 4.

Tampa will reopen the rest of the city parks starting Saturday.

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health

Florida Department of Health officials reported six deaths due to COVID-19 on Sunday. It’s the lowest number of deaths reported in one day since April 19, which was also a Sunday.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Students in graduation regalia on the floor of the Yuengling Center.
Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida is holding perhaps the most unusual commencement in the school’s more than 60-year history this weekend.

At the same time, there will be gestures of support for the class of 2020 around the Tampa Bay area.

orchestra members perform separately on video
The Florida Orchestra / YouTube

“Strange, disconcerting, and somewhat sad, but necessary.”

Those are the words Michael Francis uses when he talks about what it’s been like for the members of The Florida Orchestra to not be performing in front of audiences because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


blurred rows of library shelves with books
iStock

According to “Phase 1” of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to reopen Florida, libraries can open at 25 percent capacity. However, the plan leaves the decision up to local governments.

Some Tampa Bay area counties are acting quicker than others to reopen.

Exterior of bookstore on USF campus
CARL LISCIANDRELLO/WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

While Florida businesses have started reopening this week, the same isn’t true for the state’s public university system. Students have been learning remotely since mid-March.

bicyclist on sidewalk along Tampa Bay
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

The city of Tampa is installing temporary traffic signals on Bayshore Boulevard.

The move is part of the city's "Vision Zero" plan to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries along Bayshore.

Dashoboard Of COVID-19 cases from the Florida Department of Health
Florida Department of Health

The number of COVID-19 infections in Florida passed 31,000 Sunday. However, the number of deaths in the Tampa Bay area remained unchanged for the second straight day.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

casino floor with slot machines
Courtesy Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

The head of Hard Rock International – which runs the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa – thinks it's going to take at least a year until his company's business gets back to normal.

Jim Allen is Chairman and CEO of the Seminole Tribe of Florida's gaming company.

Library worker, wearing mask, handing out unemployment form
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM/FACEBOOK

Libraries around the Tampa Bay area are offering paper unemployment forms to people who don’t have access to a printer.

(Updated at 10:45 a.m. Thurs., April 23, with Sarasota County information)

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor  Rick Kriseman
CITY OF TAMPA/FACEBOOK

The leaders of Tampa and St. Petersburg  spoke to each other - and their communities - during a Facebook Live video Monday afternoon.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Total positive cases of coronavirus as of 6 p.m. Monday, April 13 according to the Florida Department of Health.

20,394 – Florida Residents | 9 – Florida Cases Repatriated | 625 – Non-Florida Residents | 499 – Deaths

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health

Coronavirus cases in the state are approaching 20,000, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The 6 p.m. Sunday update shows 19,885 people have tested positive in the state, an increase of 909 from Saturday night. It's the first day where fewer than 1,000 people have tested positive since Wednesday.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

man and woman pose for photo
Vinik Family Foundation

Jeff and Penny Vinik, through their Vinik Family Foundation, are giving $50,000 to the University of South Florida United Support Fund.

The initiative provides financial relief to students who are facing economic need – rent, food, and other unexpected expenses – due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Commencement ceremony
University of South Florida

The University of South Florida is announcing plans for the thousands of students whose traditional commencement ceremonies scheduled for May have been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

man and woman sit on chairs and speak to each other in front of City of Tampa seal
City of Tampa Facebook

Public and charter K-12 schools around the state are conducting classes online through May 1 due to COVID-19.

Hillsborough County Schools superintendent Addison Davis is indicating that may be the way it is for the rest of the school year.

Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton
Pinellas County

After a  long meeting that highlighted confusion about the statewide stay-at-home order Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Wednesday, Pinellas County Commissioners voted Thursday to close non-essential businesses in order to comply.

But as they put that plan into effect, officials say they'll seek guidance from the state about the scope of DeSantis' order.

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Google Maps

Hillsborough County is opening a pair of quarantine and isolation sites for residents who have tested positive for coronavirus or have been exposed to the virus.

The sites are two adjacent hotels on East Fowler Avenue in Tampa.

Gov. Ron DeSantis
COURTESY: THE FLORIDA CHANNEL

Florida will be under a statewide 30-day stay-at-home order, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday.

The order will go into effect Thursday at midnight, DeSantis said.

empty desks with students at desks in background
iStock

Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is recommending the state’s K-12 public schools remain closed through May 1.

On March 17, the state’s district and charter schools implemented distance learning for all students through April 15 because of the threat of COVID-19.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Total positive cases of coronavirus as of 6 p.m.. Monday, March 30, according to the Florida Department of Health.

5,489 – Florida Residents | 9 – Florida Cases Repatriated | 215 – Non-Florida Residents | 71 – Deaths

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health

With more than 900 new positive test results added since Saturday evening, Florida is rapidly approaching 5,000 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to figures released by the Florida Department of Health just after 6 p.m. Sunday, 4,950 people have tested positive for novel coronavirus. That’s up by 912 from the same time Saturday, and almost 1,800 since Friday evening.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

CARL LISCIANDRELLO/WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

Grocery giants Publix and Winn-Dixie say they will begin installing plexiglass barriers at the cash registers to protect its workers and customers from the coronavirus.

A statement from Winn-Dixie parent company, Southeastern Grocers, says all of its stores should have the barriers installed by April 3; a Publix spokeswoman says its stores should have the barriers up within the next two weeks.

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