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
5:57 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

With Recent Pregnancy Discrimination Ruling, Will Fla. Legislature Take Next Step?

Credit Andrew Bret Wallis / Getty Images

Today, there’s no Florida law on the books to protect pregnant women from workplace discrimination. For months, the Florida Supreme Court grappled with that decision, and Thursday, they ruled employers can’t discriminate against pregnant women under the state’s civil rights act. But, one lawmaker says that still needs to be codified in state law.

For more than 30 years, pregnancy has been protected from employer discrimination under federal law. But, in the Sunshine state, it’s a different story.

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State News
7:41 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Thousands Call On Gov. Scott To Fire Lead Prosecutor In Marissa Alexander Case

Several activist groups rallied on the steps of the Old Capitol Thursday to call on Governor Rick Scott to fire Angela Corey for her handling of the Marissa Alexander case. They also had a box of petitions containing 100,000 signatures and some roses.
Sascha Cordner WFSU-FM

In just a few months, the Jacksonville woman who inspired the so-called “Warning Shot” bill is expected to have another trial. Several activist groups rallied at the Capitol Thursday, urging Governor Rick Scott to get rid of the lead State Attorney who’s seeking a 60-year prison term in the re-trial of Marissa Alexander.

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State News
5:48 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Newly Expanded Parasail Bill Nearly Fails, Now Heads To House Floor

Water Sports Industry Association (wsia.net)

A measure aimed at regulating Florida’s parasail industry is heading to the House floor. But, the newly expanded bill almost became collateral damage, after an initial attempt to pass the bill in its last committee failed.

The Original Bill

Florida’s parasailing industry gained national attention, after two Indiana teens were seriously injured in a Panhandle parasailing accident last year. Authorities say bad weather and heavy winds played a main role in that particular incident.

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State News
6:26 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

DCF, Foster Youth Say New Law Extending Foster Care Age Needs Some Work

Members of Florida Youth Shine, Christian Aguilar (left) and Georgina Rodriguez (right) gave lawmakers an update last week on a new law aimed at helping foster youth. They talked about what's working and what's not.
Florida Channel

A new law aimed at helping those who would otherwise have aged out of Florida’s foster care system when they turn 18 is going well so far, but may still need some more work. That’s according to the state’s child welfare agency as well as some foster youth who are taking advantage of the programs under the new law.

It’s been barely a year since the “Nancy C. Detert Common Sense and Compassion Independent Living Act” got signed into law. And, it’s only been a few months since the law authored by Detert took effect.

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State News
5:54 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Stand Your Ground Author Says Effort To Tweak Law Could Get ‘Second Life’

Sen. David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs), the main author of Florida's Stand Your Ground law. He's also the sponsor of a bill aiming to tweak the law.
Credit Sen. David Simmons' district facebook page

Is a measure aiming to tweak Florida’s Stand Your Ground law dead this year? While some believe that effort is over, others—including the law’s main author—don’t seem to think so.

Last month, a proposal aimed at tweaking the controversial law began to move again, when it passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee—the bill’s second stop.

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