Ronald J. Ebben

Morning Edition Host

Phone: (850) 487-3086 x385

Ronald J. Ebben has 50 years of experience in broadcast news. Ron’s first assignment was covering the Kennedy-Nixon 1960 election in Peoria, Ill.  His first News Director position was in 1963 at a Fort Worth, Texas, radio station. He carried Kennedy speech in downtown Fort Worth before JFK was assassinated later that morning in Dallas.  And he was in the newsroom to see those fateful words come over United Press International wire: the “president had been shot.” Ron served as News Director for Tampa Bay stations from 1968 to 1990 and hosted the “Live with the Governor” statewide call-in show with Gov. Bob Martinez.   In 1990, he became News Director of a statewide network with 26 affiliates. From 1991 to 2000 Ron was News Director at WTNT and Program Director for WNLS.  Since 2000 Ron has served as :Morning Edition: host for WFSU News.

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WFSU Local
5:48 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

FAMU To Resume Presidential Search Next Year

Florida A&M University will delay its search for a permanent leader until next year. The university board agreed Thursday to resume the search for a new president in January 2014.

The decision means Interim FAMU President Larry Robinson will stay on the job for another school year.

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State News
3:21 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Florida Students' AP Scores Soar

Florida high school students took AP classes and passed Advanced Placement exams last year in greater numbers than ever before, according to a new national report.

Florida ranked fourth in the nation, up two places from last year, based on the percentage of its 2012 graduates who had passed at least one AP exam while in high school, according to the College Board’s 9th annual “AP Report to the Nation.” Florida Governor Rick Scott attributes the success to the state’s teachers.

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State News
4:07 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Should Florida Financially Support Sports Teams?

Two major Soccer teams would be eligible for subsidies given to other pro sports teams in Florida under a bill filed in the Legislature.

A measure filed by Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, would add MLS to the list of leagues eligible for a $166,000 monthly stipend from the state.

Currently,the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major League Baseball and National Hockey League are eligible for the payments.

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Education
3:18 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Florida Disability and Athletics Groups Praise Federal Rule On Equal Access To School Sports

The U.S. Department of Education has ruled public schools must include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternatives.

The ruling is similar to the Department's Title IX rule, which expanded equal opportunities for women in public school athletics. Disability advocates like Disability Rights Florida, call USDOE's ruling a step in the right direction for children with disabilities.

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WFSU Local
3:01 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Crotzer Claims "Stand Your Ground" Defense

Alan Crotzer in 2006 after the Florida legislature approves a claims bill for him
Tampa Bay Times

In 2006 Alan Crotzer was exonerated for crimes he didn't commit after spending almost 25 years in prison. In the ensuing years, he was an advocate for wrongly convicted, and pushed for automatic restoration of voting rights for convicted felons who had completed their sentences.

But on July 29th, 2012, he was arrested in Tallahassee on an attempted murder charge after another man told police that Crotzer fired on him as they drove side-by-side on Apalachee Parkway.

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