Mark Schreiner

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.

Less than 48 hours after reopening to students, COVID-19 cases were reported at three Manatee County schools.

University of South Florida President Steven Currall announced Friday that the school has moved to a modified Phase II of its return-to-campus plan.

With the number of COVID-19 cases climbing in the Tampa Bay area and statewide, two more local governments approved mandatory mask requirements Tuesday.

Officials at the Pinellas County Jail are dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19.

According to a statement from the Sheriff's Office, 13 staff members and five inmates have tested positive within the last few days.

Because of COVID-19, the University of South Florida has been closed to all but essential personnel since March, with classes in the last half of the spring and all summer being held online.

That will soon change, as trustees approved a plan Tuesday that gradually reopens the school for the fall semester.

With summer classes starting online Monday, University of South Florida officials continue to work on plans for the fall – and there is at least one surprising statistic they are keeping in mind when making any decisions.

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.

The University of South Florida is reporting that a student and an employee at its Tampa campus have tested positive for COVID-19.

The student had been traveling abroad and tested positive upon returning to the U.S. The student has not been on campus during the spring semester and is self-isolating in another state.

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In the latest move to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday closing all Florida restaurants and food establishments to on-site customers.

Calling it the hardest decision he's had to make as the leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, Bishop Gregory Parkes announced Wednesday that he’s suspending all public Mass celebrations in the Tampa Bay area.

Florida officials continue addressing the growing danger of the coronavirus.

In response to Governor Rick DeSantis signing a state of emergency declaration Monday, Attorney General Ashley Moody activated Florida's price gouging hotline Tuesday.

When it comes to determining who won a Presidential debate, methods include questionnaires, phone polling, and dial testing, where people turn a knob to register their feelings on certain questions.

But what if what logic was removed from the process and what someone felt could be measured as well?

Biometric technology that does just that was on demonstration recently in a University of South Florida classroom.

The coronavirus is causing local universities to bring home some of their students who were studying abroad.

The Florida House Education Committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would merge the state’s two smallest and youngest public universities with its two oldest ones – and that’s not sitting well with some.

Under Brevard County Republican Rep. Randy Fine's proposal (PCB EDC 20-03), Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland would become part of the University of Florida, while New College of Florida in Sarasota would become part of Florida State University.

Scans of the Tampa property owned by Richard Gonzmart and his Columbia Restaurant Group have revealed at least 115 probable graves of the Zion Cemetery.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office has arrested 124 people in an operation that targeted human trafficking, prostitution, and the sexual abuse of children.

The six-day effort, dubbed “Operation Santa's Naughty List,” sought to help victims of human trafficking who may have been forced into prostitution.

A 10-2 start in 2017, his first season as head coach, had University of South Florida football fans thinking that Charlie Strong was the answer. But a 7-6 second season followed by a 4-8 record this year led athletic director Michael Kelly to fire Strong Sunday afternoon.

The Citrus County Board of Commissioners made their final decision Tuesday, rejecting a request by the county’s public library system for an online subscription of the New York Times by a 3-2 vote.

The issue attracted national attention after one commissioner called the newspaper “fake news" during its meeting a month ago.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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 and its endowment nearly doubled from $254 million to 480 million.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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