Sascha Cordner

All Things Considered Host/Reporter

Phone: (850) 487-3086  x404

Sascha Cordner worked at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both TV and radio, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications.  She has received several  Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Awards with one of her award-winning stories titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink."  Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU.  Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

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State News
7:04 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Is Trouble Brewing Again Between Florida Sheriffs, NRA Over Gun Evacuation Bill?

The former President of the National Rifle Association and current lobbyist Marion Hammer (left) and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri with the Florida Sheriff's Association
Credit ammoland.com/pinellascounty.org

Trouble could be brewing again between a group of Sheriffs and a huge gun rights organization over a controversial gun bill that failed last year.

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State News
6:15 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

AG Bondi Backing Bill Allowing Young Victims To Secretly Record Sex Abusers

Attorney General Pam Bondi speaking to reporters Wednesday about her backing of a bill allowing certain young sex abuse victims privately record their attackers.
Credit Florida Channel

Attorney General Pam Bondi says she’s on board with a bill making it easier for sexual abuse victims under the age of 17 to privately record their attacker so it can hold up in a Florida court.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get that through because that’s very, very important. But, just know, that it’s a very narrow, narrow field, and only has to do with children and rape victims—not just at the hands of their parents, but any pedophile,” said Bondi, during a recent Associated Press gathering in Tallahassee.

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State News
5:54 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Fla. House Not Deterred By Senate’s Lack Of Enthusiasm For State Pension Overhaul

Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner speaking to reporters Wednesday in Tallahassee.
Credit Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

While the Senate doesn’t look like it will consider an overhaul of the Florida Retirement System, the House is not giving up hope it can convince the other chamber.

Last year, the state pension overhaul bill failed, after it got tied to a non-controversial effort to fix local pension programs affecting police and firefighters. But, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli says his chamber is not deterred, and is already looking to file a separate state pension reform proposal.

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State News
2:53 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Senate Prez Gardiner Keeping An 'Eye' On Body Cameras Bill, Has Some Concerns

Credit MGN Online

Some top legislative leaders say they’re keeping an eye on a current bill mandating law enforcement agencies across the state wear body cameras.

Senate President Andy Gardiner says while there’s already been some dialogue over the bill filed by Rep. Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) and Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale) in his chamber, he has some concerns.

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State News
6:32 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Top Legislative Leaders: Florida Prison Reform Not Going Away Anytime Soon

Sen. President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli speaking to reporters during the Annual Associated Press gathering in Tallahassee Wednesday.
Credit D.A. Robin / WFSU-FM

Florida lawmakers are expected to take up an omnibus bill next week in an effort to reform the state’s troubled prison system. The system—plagued by allegations of inmate abuse and inmate deaths—was also a topic of discussion Wednesday at the State Capitol.

Already, the Chairmen of the Criminal Justice committees in the House and Senate have conducted several surprise inspections of some correctional facilities.

And, a comprehensive bill looking to reform the system has been filed by Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) in his capacity as the chair of the Senate panel.

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