Mary Scott Hodgin

Mary Scott Hodgin

Health and Science Reporter



Mary Scott Hodgin is an award-winning journalist from Birmingham, AL. She covers health and science, as well as the Alabama prison system.

Hodgin grew up in Birmingham and attended the University of Alabama. Before joining public radio, she lived in Spain and previously worked as a camp counselor in rural Wyoming and Alaska. She has experience in documentary filmmaking and is fluent in Spanish.

When she's not reporting, Hodgin enjoys spending time outdoors, finding new music and experimenting in the kitchen.

Alabama’s COVID Vaccination Rate Increases

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

Black Residents Call For More COVID Vaccine Outreach And Access

Concerned about disparities in vaccine allocation, Birmingham community leaders want officials to increase outreach efforts in Black neighborhoods.

Surge In Deaths Strains Local Funeral Homes, Morgue

In recent months, deaths due to COVID-19 increased dramatically, further stressing an industry already overwhelmed.

Dozens Rally To Support Amazon Union in Bessemer

The upcoming union vote is significant for Amazon, which has fought efforts to unionize, and the region as a whole.

‘Huge Number’ Of Jeffco Residents Soon Eligible For COVID Vaccines

Many people will have to wait weeks, maybe months to get the COVID-19 vaccine, despite being eligible.

Ivey Signs Contracts To Build Two Mega Prisons

Alabama moves one step closer to replacing most existing male prisons with three privately-built mega prisons.

‘Mixed Signals’: ADPH To Expand Criteria Without Enough COVID-19 Vaccine

Beginning February 8, Alabama health officials will expand eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccines.

Frustration Grows With Alabama’s Slow Vaccine Rollout

Alabama has administered less than half of its COVID-19 vaccine supply. So why do state health officials say supply is the main obstacle?

Gov. Ivey Extends Mask Order Until March 5

Alabama residents must continue to wear masks in public for another six weeks.

UAB Hospital Ready To Vaccinate More People, Waiting On More Vaccine

Alabama’s biggest hospital says it could establish a mass vaccination site this week if it had more doses.

What You Need To Know About The COVID Vaccine Rollout In Alabama

Answers to your questions about the coronavirus vaccine rollout in Alabama. Who is eligible? How can you sign up to get a vaccine?

Overwhelmed With COVID Patients, Alabama Hospitals Near Crisis Level

With more than 3000 people hospitalized with COVID-19, Alabama’s hospitals are transferring patients out of state and cutting services.

Here’s What Kids Yearn For In A Post-Pandemic World

As we welcome a new year, we asked kids what they’re most looking forward to after the pandemic.

DOJ Lawsuit Could Lead To Federal Oversight Of Alabama Prisons

More than a year after finding unconstitutional conditions in Alabama’s male prisons, federal officials are taking legal action against the state.

Providers Plan For Vaccinating Millions of Rural Alabamians

As Alabama receives its first allotment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, health officials anticipate challenges distributing the vaccine in rural communities.

Slated For A Mega Prison, Brierfield Residents Demand Answers

Gov. Kay Ivey recently announced where she wants to build three new mega prisons. Residents are pushing back on the plan.

UAB Hospital Braces For ‘Terrifying’ Increase in COVID Hospitalizations

As COVID case numbers continue to increase, UAB Hospital is predicting a dramatic surge in hospitalizations next week.

Cam Ward Plans New Direction For Pardons And Paroles

State Sen. Cam Ward is replacing Charlie Graddick as director of Alabama’s Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. Under Graddick’s leadership, paroles rates declined significantly.

Hospitalized For Months: One Man’s Fight Against COVID-19

COVID-19 has left 38-year-old Victor Perea hospitalized for almost three months. His wife wants others to understand how bad the virus can be.

Birmingham Offers ‘Beacon’ For Alabama’s Transgender Community

The newly expanded Magic City Wellness Center is one of several providers working to increase access to gender-affirming medical care.

As More Students Return To School, Officials Brace For ‘Rolling Blackouts’

Following the release of a new dashboard, state education officials are optimistic about the number of coronavirus cases in Alabama schools. But challenges remain.

UAB Launches First Uterus Transplant Program In Southeast

For women without a functioning uterus, uterine transplantation offers the possibility to become pregnant.

Demand For Bikes & Outdoor Gear Surges During Pandemic

The pandemic has driven many people outdoors, but finding the right gear could be a challenge.

With Voters More Polarized, Alabama Straight Ticket Voting Expected to Increase

Alabama is one of six states that still allows straight ticket voting, and it is increasingly popular.

State Republicans Criticize Doug Jones For Opposing Supreme Court Nominee

Republican party leaders say Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones is making Alabama look weak by refusing to meet with Supreme Court nominee Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Remembering A Life Lost To COVID-19 Behind Bars

Hershell Moon came from a big family and served in the Vietnam War. He was incarcerated at St. Clair prison when he died from COVID-19 in June.

Alabama’s Nursing Shortage Worsens During Pandemic

In the fight against COVID-19, Alabama hospitals say one of their biggest concerns is a shortage of nurses. Many are turning to travel nurse companies to meet demand.

Alabama’s New Prisons Planned For Bibb, Elmore and Escambia Counties

State officials announced the latest development in their plan to replace most existing male prisons with three regional prisons.

After Bipolar Diagnosis, French Became Her ‘Asylum From The Madness’

This Alabama woman struggled with mental illness and found solace in French. She recently recounted her story in an award-winning essay.

Through The Intercom, Nursing Home Employee Sings To Residents

At a nursing home in Marion, Alabama, one employee uses her voice to help lift morale among residents and staff during the pandemic.

Students With Disabilities Face Significant Challenges As Schools Plan To Reopen

For more than 96,000 students with special needs across Alabama, the loss of in-person services could mean a decline in learning, communication or functional skills. It also takes a toll on family members.

UAB Launches COVID Testing For More Than 200,000 College Students

Alabama health experts and university leaders launched a statewide campus re-entry initiative to test and monitor the spread of COVID-19 on college campuses.