Jim Ash

Reporter/Producer

Jim Ash is a reporter at WFSU-FM.  A Miami native, he is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print.  He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.

Ash has worked variously as a reporter, columnist and bureau chief.  His specialties include state politics, the judicial system and the environment.  His career has included coverage of everything from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and Hurricane Andrew to the Florida presidential recount.

Ash is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he earned a degree in English.  He spent his summers interning for newspapers, including the Austin-American Statesman in Texas.

A hiking enthusiast, Ash has explored most of the public trails in California's Big Sur.  He is an avid reader who enjoys traveling, exploring the Big Bend, and water sports.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just left an Arctic Council meeting in Anchorage without saying whether the U.S. will pull out of the Paris accords. Meanwhile, climate change activists say Florida should pay attention to the council's latest report.

Florida judges can’t use videoconferencing to involuntarily commit the mentally ill, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Governor Rick Scott’s recent emergency declaration means some 3,000 addicts in Florida will soon be getting access to opioid blockers like methadone, suboxone and naltrexone, health officials say.

Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham is vowing to end excessive standardized testing and ban hydraulic fracturing in her gubernatorial campaign’s first video.

Governor Rick Scott is approving a 1.5 billion-dollar reservoir South of Lake Okeechobee, much to the delight of Senate President Joe Negron.

Florida’s most powerful business groups want lawmakers to go back to the drawing board after an appellate court upheld a 14.5 percent hike in workers’ compensation insurance.

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A hefty, 14.5 percent hike in workers’ compensation rates is here to stay following a ruling by the First District Court of Appeal.

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Chief Justice Jorge Labarga is honoring several Big Bend area judges and attorneys for their service to poor and low-income Floridians, which has become his legacy issue. 

Potential paths of Hurricane Matthew as of 10/6
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network / WFSU News

May 7 through 13th is Hurricane Preparedness Week and the state’s largest utility is urging customers to take it seriously.

Florida Politics.com

The Legislature is leaving town without addressing a dramatic spike in workers’ compensation premiums, and House Speaker Richard Corcoran is blaming Senate Republicans.

Chances appear slim lawmakers will pass a comprehensive workers’ compensation bill this year, but at least one reform is already headed to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.

Miami Herald

Optimistic lawmakers flooded the Capitol with a record number of bills this spring.

Visit Florida

Governor Rick Scott is catching some serious heat for shooting a Visit Florida ad in a Washington, D.C. studio.

Florida State and other flagship universities stand to reap the rewards of an $83 billion budget deal that is throwing the 2017 legislative session into overtime.

Lawmakers Droning On

May 4, 2017

Florida lawmakers are on the verge of legalizing the same drone delivery devices that are familiar fixtures on the streets of London and Washington D.C.

Employer groups are threatening to bolt and trial lawyers are in open revolt as lawmakers spend the final days of the 2017 session haggling over workers’ compensation reforms.

Governor Rick Scott is praising lawmakers for passing an emergency pollution notification bill.

Scores of bills are dead or dying as lawmakers bring the 2017 session to a bumpy conclusion.

Hamilton County Circuit Judge Andrew Decker is paying the price for ethical violations while he was an attorney and for an overly aggressive campaign.

Florida Senate

The Legislature is poised to approve a 1.5 million-dollar payment to a former Tallahassee teacher who was seriously injured when an ambulance ran a red a light in 2013.

Alabama Retail Federation

Spurred by a 60-Minutes investigation, the Florida Legislature is moving to shut down a cottage industry of shady lawsuits that has grown up around the Americans with Disabilities Act.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran appears to be pulling the plug on a proposal by big power companies to invest in hydraulic fracturing operations in other states.

Visit Florida

Visit Florida is fighting for economic survival the only way it knows how, through a marketing campaign.

Equality Florida

While House and Senate Republicans trade bitter recriminations over a budget impasse, a fiery Democratic freshman from Orlando is launching the Progressive Legislative Caucus.

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Organizers acknowledge the political origins of the Tallahassee March for Science, but they are also touting the Earth Day Event as a non-partisan celebration of cold, hard facts.

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