Mary Scott Hodgin

Mary Scott Hodgin

Health and Science Reporter



Mary Scott Hodgin is WBHM’s Health and Science Reporter. Hodgin has been a freelance reporter for WBHM since 2015 covering topics ranging from downtown revitalization to sewer spill notification. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in social and biological adaptation – a self-designed degree that combines biology, anthropology, and documentary to study human behavior. Fluent in Spanish, she most recently produced videos and wrote for a national health care company.

Birmingham Approves No-Smoking “Health District”
10-15-2019

The Birmingham City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday to ban smoking in a portion of downtown Birmingham.

Program Uses ‘Horse Sense’ to Improve Communication with Police
10-11-2019

For people who have a communicative disorder such as autism, run-ins with police can escalate quickly. To tackle the issue, a local nonprofit recently developed a training program for police and kids, using horses.

Cyberattacks Like The One On DCH Are Increasingly Common
10-8-2019

Officials with DCH Health System in Tuscaloosa are still recovering from last week’s ransomware attack. Experts say this kind of cybercrime is becoming more common.

First Alabama Death Related to Vaping Injury
10-2-2019

A man from East Alabama is the state’s first resident to die from a vaping-associated injury, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

Advocates Want Lawmakers to End the Habitual Offender Act
10-2-2019

Gov. Kay Ivey’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy meets Thursday to talk sentencing. Advocates want the group to address the state’s Habitual Felony Offender Act.

Biden at 16th Street Baptist Church Commemoration: ‘Hate is on the Rise’
09-15-2019

Sunday marked the 56th anniversary of the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the memorial observance.

NOAA Head: ‘No One’s Job Is Under Threat’ Over Trump’s Disputed Tweets About Alabama
09-10-2019

Acting NOAA Administrator Neil Jacobs said “nobody’s job is at risk” after National Weather Service forecasters in Alabama contradicted President Trump’s claim last week that the state would be hit hard by Hurricane Dorian.

Medicare Change a ‘Huge, Significant Thing’ for Alabama
09-6-2019

Rural hospitals in Alabama are struggling to make ends meet. Now, experts say Medicare is throwing the state a lifeline.

Governor’s Study Group Meets on Prison Operations
09-5-2019

Gov. Kay Ivey’s task force on criminal justice policy convened Wednesday in Montgomery to discuss the state’s troubled prison system.

UAB Using Whole Blood to Improve Trauma Care
08-29-2019

For decades, blood banks have separated blood into different parts: cells, plasma and platelets. Experts say that has a lot of advantages, but sometimes, patients just need whole blood.