Steve Newborn

Steve Newborn is WUSF's assistant news director as well as a reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.

He’s been with WUSF since 2001, and has covered events such as President George W. Bush’s speech in Sarasota as the Sept. 11 attacks unfolded; the ongoing drama over whether the feeding tube should be removed from Terri Schiavo; the arrest and terrorism trial of USF professor Sami Al-Arian; how the BP Deepwater Horizon spill affected Florida; and he followed the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition through the state - twice.

Before joining WUSF, he covered environmental and Polk County news for the Tampa Tribune and worked for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center during the early days of the space shuttle.

Hillsborough County kickstarted its third solar co-op Thursday. It uses the power of bulk purchasing to leverage the cost of installing solar panels and electrical connections through competitive bidding.

County Commissioner Pat Kemp helped kick off the co-op during a rally at a downtown Tampa park.

One of the first things Jane Castor did after winning the race for Tampa Mayor Tuesday night was thanking her partner - Ana Cruz. But the fact that Castor is becoming the first openly gay mayor in Tampa's history didn't come up much during the campaign.

Former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor trounced businessman David Straz in Tuesday's elections and will become the city's next mayor.

On Earth Day, Florida environmental groups took dead aim at a plan by lawmakers to build three new toll roads through the heart of the state.

A lot of ads for Tampa mayor are saturating TV sets throughout the Tampa Bay area. And they show there's little being held back between businessman David Straz and former Tampa police chief Jane Castor.

Hillsborough County Commissioners Wednesday took a step toward creating its first dedicated source of money for affordable housing. It comes after other money has been repeatedly diverted from a state housing fund.

The regional water authority postponed a decision Monday on a controversial plan that would take treated wastewater from the city of Tampa and inject it underground for later use. It's the latest delay for the proposal.

A bill in the legislature that would implement Marsy's Law may be going nowhere this session. That could mean continued confusion over what the intent of the victim's rights bill is.

Voters in Florida's third-largest city will go to the polls April 23 in the runoff for Tampa's mayor.

During the March election, former Police Chief Jane Castor almost got the 50 percent plus one needed to avoid a runoff. And retired banker and philanthropist David Straz came in second of the field of seven candidates, with around 16 percent of the vote.

Tampa Bay was named in a recent federal climate report as one of the top cities in Florida that is vulnerable to rising seas - along with low-lying Miami and Apalachicola.

The two candidates in the runoff for the next mayor of Tampa met in their first debate since the primary Friday. Former Police Chief Jane Castor and businessman and philanthropist David Straz talked about issues ranging from transportation to affordable housing to creating more jobs in the city.

A national group is ramping up its efforts to get the Trump administration to open up much of the nation's offshore waters to oil drilling - including Florida's.

They include former Republican Party Chairman Jim Nicholson and former Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp. This week, group leaders are pushing their idea to businesses throughout the state.

The federal government will begin its massive effort to count everyone living in the U.S. beginning April 1, 2020. But a cloud still hangs over the process because of a citizenship question that may be on the form.

Benjamin Limmer just finished his first week as the new CEO of HART, Hillsborough County's public bus agency. He's on a listening tour to hear what the public has to say about the area's mass transit woes. He tells WUSF's Steve Newborn that years of cutbacks are about to be a memory, courtesy of a recently-passed sales tax referendum will pour money into the system.

A group of scientists from states bordering the Gulf of Mexico met in St. Petersburg Wednesday to figure out ways to deal with health problems coming from red tide and oil spills in the Gulf.

The biggest coal-burning power plant in Florida may soon switch partially to natural gas. TECO says it's part of a move to cleaner energy, but some groups that aren't backing the switch plan to attend a public hearing Monday night in Riverview.

Jane Castor spent the first day after her near-win in the race for Tampa mayor picking up a key endorsement.

It was no surprise, because the endorsement came from Bob Buckhorn. The former police chief and the soon-to-be-former mayor stood shoulder to shoulder at Water Works Park on the Hillsborough River.

There will be a runoff election April 23 to decide who will be the next mayor of Tampa. On Tuesday, former Police Chief Jane Castor got just under the 50 percent of the vote she needed to become mayor outright.

Voters in the city of Tampa will go to the polls Tuesday to select a new mayor to replace Bob Buckhorn, who's being term-limited out of office. The odds are the race will go to a runoff.

The battle against red tide may soon get a boost. A proposal to give $3 million a year for five years to study red tide got a unanimous thumbs-up when the Tampa Bay Area legislative delegation met Tuesday in Sarasota.

WUSF Public Media has asked all seven candidates for Tampa Mayor to answer a questionnaire outlining their positions on some of the major issues facing the city.

The questions focused on critical issues including transportation, affordable housing, growth, the attraction of high-paying tech jobs. They also were asked about their visions.

WUSF Public Media asked all seven candidates for Tampa Mayor to answer a questionnaire outlining their stands on some of the major issues facing the city.

The questions focused on critical issues including transportation, affordable housing, growth, the attraction of high-paying tech jobs. They also were asked about their visions.

Here are the replies from candidate and Tampa City Council member Harry Cohen:

WUSF Public Media asked all seven candidates for Tampa Mayor to answer a questionnaire outlining their stands on some of the major issues facing the city.

The questions focused on critical issues including transportation, affordable housing, growth, the attraction of high-paying tech jobs. They also were asked about their visions.

Here are the replies from former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik:

WUSF Public Media asked all seven candidates for Tampa Mayor to answer a questionnaire outlining their stands on some of the major issues facing the city.

The questions focused on critical issues including transportation, affordable housing, growth, the attraction of high-paying tech jobs. They also were asked about their visions.

Here are the replies from retired Judge Dick Greco Jr.:

WUSF Public Media asked all seven candidates for Tampa Mayor to answer a questionnaire outlining their stands on some of the major issues facing the city. 

The questions focused on critical issues including transportation, affordable housing, growth, the attraction of high-paying tech jobs. They also were asked about their visions.

WUSF Public Media  asked all seven candidates for Tampa Mayor to answer a questionnaire outlining their stands on some of the major issues facing the city.

The questions focused on critical issues including transportation, affordable housing, growth, the attraction of high-paying tech jobs. They also were asked about their visions.

WUSF Public Media  asked all seven candidates for Tampa Mayor to answer a questionnaire outlining their stands on some of the major issues facing the city.

The questions focused on critical issues including transportation, affordable housing, growth, the attraction of high-paying tech jobs. They also were asked about their visions.

WUSF Public Media  asked all seven candidates for Tampa Mayor to answer a questionnaire outlining their stands on some of the major issues facing the city.

The questions focused on critical issues including transportation, affordable housing, growth, the attraction of high-paying tech jobs. They also were asked about their visions.

Here's the response from former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor:

1) Transportation:

Early voting for Mayor of Tampa is underway. The seven candidates haven't differed much on their stances on transportation, affordable housing - and increasingly, climate change. 

The National Audubon Society has released its restoration plan for the Gulf of Mexico. It would draw on the $20 billion settlement from the 2010 BP oil spill.

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