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Mary Shedden

News Director

Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF Public Media, where she oversees a team of reporters covering 13 counties on Florida’s west coast.

A journalist for more than two decades, Mary arrived at WUSF in 2013, where she worked first as a reporter and then as editor of the Health News Florida journalism collaborative. She became news director in 2015.

Mary’s journalism has been recognized numerous times, including a 2016 national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television Digital News Association for Health News Florida. Her work also has been honored by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters, and state and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Before joining WUSF, Shedden spent nearly 20 years at The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com, Florida Today and the Gainesville Sun, where she covered everything from the investigation of a serial killer to retired pro athletes in chronic pain.

Contact Mary at 813-974-8636, on twitter @MaryShedden or by email at shedden@wusf.org.

 

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Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

This week on Florida Matters, we talk about zoning and how it affects the way our state manages growth.

It may sound mundane, but zoning and building regulations affect us intimately because they hit us where we live.


Daylina Miller
WUSF Staff

Daylina Miller, a multimedia reporter for WUSF Public Media and its Health News Florida project, was named the winner of a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in writing.

Awards were presented on April 13, 2019 for the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters contest.
Florida Associated Press Broadcasters

WUSF Public Media journalists won 11 honors Saturday night in the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Contest, including five first-place finishes and a second-place award for Station of the Year.

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WUSF News will be highlighting America's affordable housing crunch and its impact here at home in an upcoming special report.

Several Tampa Bay area elections offices are extending their hours to help voters with contested mail-in ballots.

Gov. Rick Scott's Office, Daylina Miller/WUSF

As automatic machine recounts got underway for three statewide elections Sunday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Rick Scott filed three new lawsuits against South Florida election supervisors.

The political stakes in Florida couldn’t get much higher.

On Tuesday, voters will pick a new governor and a U.S. Senator. Congressional and state legislative seats are up for grabs, as well as Attorney General and a slew of local offices. There’s also a long list of constitutional amendments -- on everything from gambling and voting rights to homestead taxes and vaping.

Puerto Rico National Guard

It’s been a year since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico. Recovery continues on the devastated island, but transitions are also happening here in Florida, where many residents evacuated and some have chosen to stay.

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NPR recently received a firestorm of criticism for the way it handled an interview with the leader of a recent Unite the Right rally in Washington D.C. And it’s raising questions about how and why newsrooms make decisions about covering controversial sources.

WUSF Public Media

Carson Cooper was a radio guy, through and through.

While most people know him best as the longtime host of WUSF’s Morning Edition and Florida Matters, his sonic roots ran deep. This week on Florida Matters, we’re remembering our friend and colleague who died recently at the age of 58 – and the stories he shared with all of us.


Hillsborough County School Superintendent Jeff Eakins stands at a podium.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

School districts across Florida are scrambling to meet a deadline to install security officers in every single public school.

Snopes.com

We've all gotten an email or seen something online that seems a bit fishy.

Some people take the bait, but some check it out and often rely on a well-known online mythbuster called Snopes.com.

Stephanie Colombini, Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

President Donald Trump attracted plenty of praise and criticism from people flocking to the Florida State Fairgrounds Tuesday.

WUSF reporters spoke with supporters attending his campaign rally and protestors outside. What they had to say showed exactly how divided Floridians are about topics ranging from immigration to the environment to Trump himself.

WUSF Public Media

Carson Cooper, the friendly, familiar voice that greeted WUSF 89.7 listeners as they started their weekday mornings these past 18 years, has died.

Cathy Carter / WUSF Public Media

A civil rights attorney best known for representing the family of Trayvon Martin said Thursday that prosecutors should not apply Florida's Stand Your Ground law in a recent shooting death near Clearwater.

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The most famous crossword puzzle in the world may belong to the New York Times. For more than 75 years, vocabulary junkies have been grabbing the paper and a pencil and taking a stab at the grid of empty squares.

Carson Frame

WUSF stories about disabled veteran caregivers, female prisoners and the career of a college basketball coach recently won honors in the only national contest recognizing outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.

State politicians are jockeying for position before the August primaries. Pulse nightclub first responders are still struggling with PTSD more than two years after the mass shooting that killed 49 people. We take a deeper dive into these stories on this week’s Florida Matters monthly news roundtable.


Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

WUSF All Things Considered Host Lisa Peakes has been honored for having the top radio newscast in the southeast United States in 2017.

Twitter

The internet is talking this week about the death of 80-year-old Kathleen Dehmlow and her obituary in the Redwood Falls Minnesota Gazette, which was written and paid for by the woman’s own children.

In just 100 words, this tribute turned from announcement to anger, as it revealed a 60-year-old infidelity, and adult children who believe “the world is a better place without her.”

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Protests are a staple of American democracy, but some journalism experts are worried about a recent story out of New Orleans, where a handful of paid actors attended a city council meeting about a controversial power plant.

Longtime Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni died Sunday at the age of 63.

The Treasure Island Republican served on the commission since 2000. He also represented Pinellas County in the Florida House of Representatives for eight years, from 1992-2000.

Buzzfeed

Videos are an effective media known for its power to illicit emotion. And media consumers are learning the hard way that the images don’t have to be real to be convincing.

Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

WUSF’s Robin Sussingham has been honored with a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for Feature Reporting.

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At a time when the public’s trust of the media is on the decline, some local and national journalists with potential conflicts of interest are finding themselves in the spotlight.

Florida AP Broadcasters

WUSF News reporters won honors in six categories of the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters contest.

CLTampa.com

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had his marathon chat with members of Congress. And there was a firestorm over local TV stations owned by Sinclair Media all reading the same script about “fake news.”

But lost in all that media news is a significant shift in the local media landscape in Tampa Bay.

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Tampa strip club owner and cancer patient Joe Redner can use medical marijuana he grows on his own, a Leon County Circuit judge ruled Wednesday.

Mary Shedden / WUSF Public Media

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri on Monday faced critics of an agreement he drafted over the arrest of undocumented immigrants.

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The world’s most popular social media network is in big trouble.

In less than two weeks, Facebook has watched its stock drop $90 billion - almost 20 percent of its value. The Federal Trade Commission is investigating the company, and founder Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned by Congress and the British Parliament to answer allegations that Facebook shared user data without permission.

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