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.

Alabama Says its $900 Million Prisons Plan Can Help Fix Mental Health Crisis. Some Disagree.
03-10-2019

As Alabama prisons continue to grapple with a federal lawsuit over mental health care, officials say they have a plan: they want to build three big regional prisons for men.

$25 Million Cyclotron Brings New Cancer Treatment to AL
03-5-2019

A 90-ton cyclotron arrived Tuesday on the campus of UAB. The machine will be part of a new proton therapy center, bringing a specialized cancer treatment to Alabama.

Despite Restoration Efforts, Alabama Oysters Reach Historic Low
02-21-2019

With Alabama oysters at a historic low, scientists involved in restoration efforts are finding that what has worked before is no longer working. Now, state biologists are trying something new.

Proposed Change to the Clean Water Act Open for Public Comment
02-14-2019

The public has 60 days to comment on an EPA proposal that would limit which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act. In Alabama, environmental groups say the change would have a significant impact.

Governor Announces Plan to Build Three Prisons for Men
02-12-2019

Governor Kay Ivey announced Tuesday a plan to replace existing prison facilities with three regional men’s prisons to address “violence, poor living conditions and mental illness” in Alabama’s corrections system.

Flu Activity Widespread in Alabama
02-8-2019

Rates of flu-like activity are on the rise throughout Alabama. They’ve been increasing for a few weeks now, and a number of schools have closed because of the virus.

Pig Hearts Could Keep Babies Awaiting Transplants Alive
02-7-2019

Scientists hope in the future, pig hearts can be a temporary solution for babies who need a transplant. UAB researchers recently presented their findings about this, and early results seem promising.

At Children’s Hospital, a Note with Lunch
01-31-2019

Patients at Children’s Hospital of Alabama now get a little extra pick-me-up. Every day at lunch, kids there receive a note, called a napkinism.

Uniontown Hopes to Finally Fix its Sewage Problem
01-24-2019

The city of Uniontown is set to receive more than $31 million in mostly federal money to address a decades-old sewage issue. But some say the problem should have already been fixed.

Alabama Licenses Midwives for the First Time in Decades
01-23-2019

For the first time in more than 40 years, Alabama has licensed professional midwives. Last week, the newly formed Alabama State Board of Midwifery issued credentials to five women.