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.

Jeffco Commission Approves UAB-Led Authority for Cooper Green
04-18-2019

The Jefferson County Commission approved a resolution Thursday to allow UAB to manage operations at the county’s indigent care clinic.

Trash Talk: Why Doesn’t Birmingham Recycle More?
04-16-2019

One way to reduce the amount of trash is to recycle more. That’s a challenge in the city of Birmingham.

SPLC Proposes ‘Collaborative Process’ to Address Prison Crisis
04-9-2019

The Southern Poverty Law Center sent a letter Tuesday to Gov. Kay Ivey and state Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn proposing its own plan to address the state’s prison crisis.

UAB Launches Program to Improve Treatment of Opioid Overdose
04-5-2019

UAB’s Emergency Department is starting a new program to better treat patients with opioid use disorder. The initiative focuses on increasing the use of a drug called Suboxone.

DOJ Alleges Alabama Prisons Violate the Constitution
04-3-2019

The Department of Justice released a report Wednesday alleging that violence and other dangerous conditions in the state’s male prisons violate the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.

Jeffco Health Officials: Violence is a Public Health Issue
04-2-2019

Violence is the newest strategic focus for the Jefferson County Department of Health. It was one of several topics discussed in Tuesday’s annual State of Health in Jefferson County address.

Officials Investigate Fish Kill Along Black Warrior River
04-1-2019

State officials are looking into a fish kill that happened near Alabama Power’s Plant Gorgas in Walker County. Environmental advocates say they found at least 100 dead fish downstream of the plant.

Alabama is Offering Free Genetic Testing. Here’s Why.
03-26-2019

Scientists in Alabama want to capture a statewide genetic footprint. Free testing, they say, can help residents detect their risk for disease and bolster future genomic research.

Scientists Track Alabama Bear Cub Survival Rate
03-20-2019

Alabama’s black bear population could be in trouble. Scientists say young bears might be dying before they reach adulthood. Researchers at Auburn University will study the problem with a $1.1 million grant from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Report: Violence, Housing Costs Affect Health Outcomes
03-19-2019

A report out Tuesday ranks the health of all 67 counties in Alabama. It found that things like violence and housing costs are important predictors of health outcomes.