Mary Scott Hodgin

Health and Science Reporter



An award-winning journalist from Birmingham, Mary Scott Hodgin joined WBHM as the Health and Science Reporter in 2018. She has reported extensively on the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as issues related to the state’s criminal justice system. From 2019 through 2022, Mary Scott led the development of WBHM’s first narrative podcast, “Deliberate Indifference.” The 7-part series traces how Alabama’s prisons became among the nation’s most dangerous, culminating in a years-long battle with federal officials.

In 2021 and 2022, Mary Scott was recognized by the Alabama Broadcasters Association as “Best Large Market Radio Reporter.” She has also received multiple regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and Alabama Associated Press Media Editor awards, including "Best Specialized Reporter" and "Best Investigative Reporting."

Prior to joining WBHM, Mary Scott worked in marketing and documentary filmmaking, and taught English while living abroad. A native of Birmingham, she earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of Alabama and recently earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mary Scott is fluent in Spanish and enjoys exploring the outdoors, listening to music and experimenting in the kitchen.

Mary Scott wants to know what's on your mind. Let her know what health and science questions you have.

Local health officials plan to increase monkeypox vaccinations

Health officials will soon begin offering intradermal vaccinations, reaching more people with less vaccine.

Lawsuit aims to block Alabama from using COVID relief funds on prison project

The U.S. Treasury said prison construction is a “generally ineligible” use of American Rescue Plan funds, but has not intervened in Alabama's plans.

Abortion-rights group navigates ‘unprecedented’ legal territory in Alabama

The Yellowhammer Fund has temporarily stopped funding abortion care for people in Alabama, amid legal concerns for clients and staff.

Jefferson County health providers ‘well equipped’ for The World Games

Officials plan to treat as many people as possible at on site medical tents. They say the biggest concern is heat-related illness.

World Games officials aim for full venues amid pandemic uncertainty

Event organizers say they're following guidance from local health officials, who say it's impossible to predict COVID case numbers this summer.

Brookside under pressure after report finds police aggressively ticketed motorists

An investigation led by Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald found the small Jefferson County town of Brookside targeted drivers to rack up fines and fees.

UAB surgeons transplant pig kidneys into a human body for the first time

Researchers hope genetically modified pig kidneys could potentially provide a life-saving solution for thousands of people who die every year waiting for a transplant.

Omicron is less severe, but it’s overwhelming Alabama’s hospitals

The omicron variant leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths, but the variant is infecting more people than any previous surge.

Alabama prisons commissioner Jeff Dunn to retire as system faces federal pressure

Gov. Kay Ivey announced the leadership change just two months months after Alabama lawmakers approved a $1.3 billion prison construction plan.

Ivey signs a $1.3 billion prison construction plan into law

The action caps a special legislative session that lasted only five days.

Alabama Lawmakers Will Take On A $1.3 Billion Prison Construction Plan In A Special Session

As Alabama faces mounting federal pressure to address violence in state prisons, lawmakers begin a special session Monday to vote on a proposal that includes two new mega prisons for men and a new women's facility.

Amid ICU Shortage, Alabama Hospitals See Record-Breaking Pediatric Caseload

Alabama's hospitals are caring for more children with COVID-19 than ever before, the latest development in an increasingly dire situation for the state's health care system.

Alabama’s Frontline Providers: ‘We Are Overworked And We Are Frustrated’

Amid a fourth, more rapid surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations, Alabama health care providers share stories from inside hospitals across the state.

Alabama’s COVID Hospitalizations On Track To Surpass Winter Surge

State hospitals may soon be caring for more coronavirus patients than ever before. Many are already diverting resources to keep up with the surge.

Birmingham Hospital Leaders: COVID Surge ‘Heartbreaking … And Largely Preventable’

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 topped 1,700 Wednesday, fueled by the highly-contagious delta variant.

Alabama Sees ‘Unprecedented’ Surge In COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said the increase is linked to the more contagious Delta variant, coupled with Alabama’s low vaccination rate.

UAB And JeffCo Officials Plan Hospital-Based Intervention Program For Gunshot Survivors

Trauma doctors in Birmingham are treating a record number of patients with gunshot wounds. Health officials hope a violence intervention program could help reverse the trend.

People in Alabama Prisons Confused, Frustrated As State Officials Withhold Their Stimulus Checks

Thousands of people in Alabama prisons received COVID-19 stimulus payments from the federal government, but state officials are holding the checks. They say people in prison will get their money, but maybe not all of it.

Why Alabama’s Declining Vaccination Rate Could Spell An ‘Uncomfortable Summer’

Close to 70% of Alabamians are still not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but many people have stopped wearing masks and returned to normal activities.

Ivey’s Prison Construction Plan Meets Financial Roadblock

State officials are back to the drawing board after Gov. Kay Ivey’s plan to lease three privately-owned prisons missed a major financial deadline this week.

Starting Thursday, UAB To Offer Pfizer Vaccine To Adolescents

The Pfizer COVID-19 shot was found to be 100% effective in preventing disease among children aged 12 to 15 years old.

Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Increase 100% In Jefferson County

The powerful synthetic opioid is now being mixed with drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine, leading to more overdose deaths.

Alabama Health Officials: ‘Plenty’ Of COVID-19 Vaccines

While about 30% of Alabamians have received at least one shot of a COVID vaccine, officials said demand has declined in recent weeks, leaving thousands of unused doses sitting on shelves.

A Decade Later, Tuscaloosa Continues Rebuilding From Deadly EF-4 Tornado

Of the 62 tornadoes that struck Alabama on April 27, 2011, the largest twister hit Tuscaloosa, killing 53 people and destroying more than 5,000 homes and businesses. A decade later, much of the city has redeveloped, but communities are still recovering.

Alabama Pauses Distribution Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Alabama is one of several states halting distribution of the vaccine as federal health officials examine links to adverse health effects.

Businesses React To Birmingham’s New Mask Order

A local ordinance replaces the statewide mask order expiring April 9. Some say the move is necessary, but others call it an "undue burden."

Residents Clean Up After Deadly Tornadoes

Recovery efforts continue across Alabama after yesterday’s storms left widespread destruction. Some of the worst damage was in Calhoun County, where five people died.

Will Alabama And Mississippi Expand Medicaid To Low-Income Adults This Time Around?

Many advocates and politicians argue the new incentive is an offer that’s too good to refuse, but it still might not move the needle.

Alabama To Expand COVID Vaccine Eligibility March 22

Alabamians aged 55 and older, plus those with high-risk conditions and disabilities are among the groups that will soon be eligible for a COVID vaccine.

ADPH Plans Mobile Vaccination Clinics For Black Belt Region

State health officials hope to administer more vaccines to residents of rural areas.

Alabama’s COVID Vaccination Rate Increases

Federal programs have helped increase the number of Alabamians getting vaccinated in recent weeks.