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.

Training Better Robotic Surgeons in Virtual Reality
06-21-2019

Surgery today can look a lot different than it did 20 years ago. In addition to scalpels and forceps, many surgeons need to know how to operate using a robot. But learning to use the device can be a challenge.

Report: Well-Being of Alabama Children Still Lags Nationwide
06-17-2019

Alabama’s teen birth rate has decreased dramatically in the last decade. That’s according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which has ranked the overall well-being of kids across the US for 30 years.

CDC Director Visits Alabama to Discuss Ending HIV
06-14-2019

The director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. Robert Redfield, visited Montgomery on Friday to discuss strategies to combat HIV.

Alabama’s Chemical Castration Law Draws Criticism
06-12-2019

Certain convicted sex offenders in Alabama will soon have to undergo chemical castration if they want to be released on parole. That’s according to a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Kay Ivey.

Top Wheelchair Rugby Teams Battle it out in Birmingham
06-6-2019

Four of the world’s top wheelchair rugby teams squared off recently in Birmingham. It was their last chance to compete in the U.S. ahead of the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

Mt. Vernon Arsenal, Searcy Hospital Among Most Endangered Historic Places
05-31-2019

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced this week that Mt. Vernon Arsenal, which later became Searcy Hospital, is one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2019.

$21 Million Study Will Research Health Disparities in the Rural South
05-30-2019

People who live in the rural South are more likely to die sooner than people in other parts of the country. A new study funded by the National Institutes of Health tries to figure out why.

UAB Closing Residential Addiction Unit to Expand Other Services
05-16-2019

UAB hospital recently announced it will close its residential addiction treatment unit, which has provided overnight care for patients with substance use disorder for more than 20 years. Some are criticizing the decision, but officials say the closure is part of a bigger plan.

Crime Wave Highlights Barriers Between Police and Hispanic Community
04-26-2019

Recently there’s been a surge in crimes targeting the Hispanic community in and around Birmingham. Police want victims to feel comfortable reporting the incidents, but that means overcoming some roadblocks.

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.