Ryan Benk

News Assistant

Phone: (850) 487-3086  x368

Ryan Benk is originally from Miami and came to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University, where he's pursuing a creative writing degree. In 2013, he won the Best Student Reporting award from the FSU chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists. He also has worked on Miami-Dade College’s arts and literature magazine, Miambiance, and has published poetry and produced a short film called "The Writer." When he’s not tracking down news, Ryan likes watching films, writing fiction and poetry, and exploring Florida.

Pages

State News
12:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Bill Reignites Debate Over Film Incentives In Florida

Khadif Saunders directs one of his actors Monday.
R.Benk WFSU-News

As Florida lawmakers work to extend funding for the state’s film incentive program, some researchers are calling the idea that targeted subsidies increase revenue an example of Hollywood magic.

Read more
WFSU Local
4:20 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

New FSU Logo Draws Ire Of Some, Indifference Of Others

Florida State University's original logo (left) and new logo (right).
Florida State University

It’s a warm Friday afternoon on Florida State University’s campus in Tallahassee. Maintenance workers are cleaning the sidewalks with pressure washers in front of one of the school’s campus coffee shops. Students here are reacting to the university’s attempt to “clean up” its iconic Osceola emblem.

Sophomore Carlene Gonzalez-Brown isn’t sure why the university felt the need to change the logo. She feels more emotionally connected to the classic Osceola head but she admits ultimately what and where she studies is more important than the logo that represents the school.

Read more
Arts & Culture
4:34 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Dade County Gives Fla. Capitol A Taste Of Miami Flavor

Governor Rick Scott serves Capitol-goers paella Wednesday.
Donald DeBevoise WFSU-News

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater rolled up their sleeves and joined a delegation of representatives from more than 100 Miami-Dade County groups to serve a hungry line of lobbyists, politicians and staffers large plates of paella in the midday sun today.

Read more
Environment
5:14 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

House And Senate Environmental Regulation Reforms Drift Farther Apart

Dead trees and standing water comprise most of this bufferzone along a Wakulla wetland.
R.Benk WFSU-News

Both chambers of the Florida Legislature are trying to push through reforms to the way the state regulates the environment. Some call the proposals an affront to local sovereignty, while others call the move common sense. But increasing differences between the Senate and House versions of the measure are leading some to question whether it has a chance of passing this session.

Read more
State News
12:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Lawmakers Try To Close Gaps In Protective Injunction Statutes

A temporary protective injunction lasts 15 days. After that, a judge has to rule whether to make the injunction permanent.
Credit Flickr Creative Commons

                                                                                                                                               

Protective injunctions or restraining orders help victims of domestic violence and abuse feel protected. But, lawmakers and experts in the field say Florida’s injunction laws have some dangerous gaps in protection.

Read more

Pages