Steve Newborn

Steve Newborn
Interim News Director
Q: What was your first job at WUSF and what did you do for the station?
A: In 2001, I was hired as a reporter/producer here in the newsroom, covering general assignment issues.
Q: Are you still doing the same job, or something different?
A: I was until January, when I was named interim news director, running the WUSF newsroom every day.
Q: If you had to select one program you’d like to keep on the air for the next 50 years – what would it be?
A: I am a Fresh Air fanatic. Terri Gross can do no wrong.
Q: When / how did you first learn about public radio?
A:  I actually came late to public radio - I didn’t start listening until I was in my 30’s.
Q: What is your earliest memory of WUSF? 
A: I remember taking television courses on Channel 16 when I was a student at USF. Masters of the Silent Screen, Knocky Parker, for those who can remember back that far…
Q: Which public broadcasting personality would you like to invite to a dinner party?  What’s the first question you’d ask him or her?
A: Click and Clack, The Tappet Brothers. I’d ask them how to fix that damn Torino that’s been sitting in front of my house.
Q: What makes you look forward to coming into work every day?
A: Hey, just knowing that we’re going to brighten someone’s day out there with some information that they wouldn’t otherwise know.
Q: What are you most proud of as a member of the WUSF Public Media team?
A: Hands down, we are a media outlet like none other. We’re not blaring some commercialized nonsense that permeates the airwaves at commercial radio and TV stations. We bring thoughtful, balanced news in a long-form format that is just about extinct everywhere else.
Q: What makes WUSF Public Media a great place to work?
A: The people here are truly dedicated to what we do. They make it easy to work here.
Q: What do you love most about your job?
A: I get to do something different every day. And I get to influence the lives of people far beyond that of most people.
Q: Do you have a “memorable moment” that you would like to share with others as WUSF Public Media celebrates its 50th anniversary?
A: I’ve covered the Sami Al-Arian trial, the Terri Schiavo media circus, the Gulf oil spill and the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. But none of those can live up to the events six months after I was hired – on Sept. 11, 2001.  I was at the Sarasota elementary school where President George W. Bush read “The Pet Goat” to students when he was told of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and was at the press conference where he said the nation was under attack. And then I got to watch the Twin Towers collapse one by one with a crowd viewing the television in the school. It was surreal.

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