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.
The population of the Florida panther once dwindled to below two dozen, but it has since rebounded to more than 200. Photographer Carlton Ward Jr. has made it his mission to photograph their progress.
A state of emergency was declared and hundreds of homeowners were told to evacuate as a pond full of wastewater from a former phosphate mine is at risk of collapse south of Tampa.