Blaise Gainey

Multimedia Reporter

Blaise Gainey is a Multimedia Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.

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A pine tree that fell due to Hurricane Michael with an artificial cavity insert for Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers at Tall Timbers.
Eleanor Clark / WFSU-FM

Florida is the first state to receive block grants for the timber industry from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Windermere Democratic Representative Geraldine Thompson explains a bill that would make several changes to the state's election process.
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

Orlando area lawmakers are proposing a bill that would help ensure every qualified citizen in Florida is able to vote. The legislators say changes are needed sooner rather than later.

Florida State head coach Willie Taggart leaves after an NCAA college football game against Miami Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State lost 27-10, and fired head coach Taggart Sunday.
Phil Sears / AP Photo

The Florida State University football team fired its head coach Sunday after the team took another loss, making Willie Taggart’s record 9-12 while in charge of the Seminoles. FSU Athletics Director David Coburn addressed the media a day later to talk about a search for a new coach two years after hiring Taggart. 

Female High School Teacher Standing By Student Table Teaching Lesson
Monkey Business / Adobe Stock

Substitute teaching in Leon County just got more lucrative. Today the district announced the hourly rate of pay for substitute teachers is rising from $12 per hour to $14 per hour.

Mark Wallheiser / AP Photo

Florida State University Football Head Coach Willie Taggart has been fired effective immediately.

FEA Fund Our Future Tour Bus parked in the Capitol Courtyard between the current Capitol building and the Historic one.
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

Florida is near the bottom of the nation when it comes to teacher pay. Governor Ron DeSantis wants to change that by raising the base salary. But the state’s largest teacher union says the governor’s plans don’t go far enough. 

Restoration of Voting Rights Work Group holding a meeting in Tallahassee, FL on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

The Restoration of Voting Rights Work Group has approved a list of recommendations to send to the legislature. One proposal would enhance the Clerk of Court’s financial accounting system to include a breakdown of restitution, fines, and fees owed by felons. 

Florida secretary of state Laurel Lee speaks at pre-legislative news conference on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla.
Steve Cannon / AP Photo

Florida’s Secretary of State Laurel Lee says her department needs more money to help with elections security.

Florida Gov. Ron Desantis gives his state of the state address on the first day of legislative session, in Tallahassee, Fla.
Steve Cannon / AP Photo

Governor Ron Desantis is commending the legislature for making changes to how constitutional amendments can be put in front of voters. He says the old process made it too easy to get policy decisions into the constitution.

Felons registering to vote.
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

Most Florida felons had their voting rights restored after the passage of 2018’s Amendment 4. Earlier this year the legislature put in place a law that tied rights restoration to the repayment of all fines and fees. But, a ruling from U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle says the state can’t deny the right to vote based on a failure to pay, as long as a person genuinely can’t.

David Ross carries the World Series trophy as he is introduced at the Cubs' annual baseball fan convention Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Chicago.
Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Photo

David Ross grew up in Tallahassee and played baseball at Florida High School.  He then went on to play for the University of Florida and Auburn University, before making it to the major leagues.

Chemist taking prescription from customer at pharmacy
Jacob Lund / Adobe Stock

A bill creating a prescription drug donation program within the Department of Health returned today in the Health Quality subcommittee. It passed on a unanimous vote.

Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil speaking during the ribbon cutting ceremony for LCSO's new re-entry facilities.
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office opened two new facilities this week, both geared toward helping inmates prepare for life after incarceration.

Fund Our Future Bus
Joni Branch / Florida Education Association

The Florida Education Association is visiting 30 counties and advocating for better funding for public education. They will make 50 stops on the tour. President Fedrick Ingram, says he is going directly to the people most affected by the decades of underfunding for public schools.

Asphalt road and sky cloud landscape at sunset
Zhao jiankang / Adobe Stock

North Florida could be getting its first major toll road thanks to a bill signed by the Governor this summer. It’s one of three new major roadways to be built in the state. One would connect Collier County to Polk County, another extends the Florida Turnpike west to Suncoast Parkway and the third expands the Suncoast Parkway from Tampa Bay to Georgia. A task force was put in place for each section but a member of the Northern Turnpike Connector thinks plans are moving too fast.

Tallahassee City Commissioners and MetroNet officials posing for a picture.
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

WiFi speeds in Tallahassee could soon get a boost. MetroNet is spending $75 million dollars to install fiber optic technology to provide Internet, TV and more in the capital city.

There are now two finalists for a re-located Tallahassee Police Station. The City commission narrowed its list down to the old Northwood Mall on North Monroe Street, and the former Lake Bradford Wastewater Treatment plant. earlier this year a plan to put TPD on the South side was met with opposition from area residents, but even though that plan is off the table, it remains a point of contention.

Sigfredo Garcia's legs chained together as he is waiting in front of Leon County Circuit Court Judge James C. Hankinson to hear his sentence on Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019.
Alicia Devine, Pool / Tallahassee Democrat

The state claims Garcia’s girlfriend, Katherine Magbanua, told him to kill Markel in a murder-for-hire plot. Magbanua and Garcia both lived in South Florida and have two children together. They had an on-again, off-again relationship.

Sigfredo Garcia speaking to his attorney Saam Zangeneh during the trial for FSU Professor Dan Markel.
Alicia Devine, Pool / Tallahassee Democrat

Jurors have recommended life without parole for Sigfredo Garcia, the man convicted of killing former Florida State University law professor Dan Markel.

Ruth Markel speaking to jurors about who Dan Markel was and what his death means to her family.
Tori Schneider, Pool / Tallahassee Democrat

Monday. Jurors heard from Ruth Markel the mother of slain FSU Professor Dan Markel. They’re considering the sentence for his killer Sigfredo Garcia who faces the death penalty for his involvement in a so-called murder for hire plot that took place in 2013.

Sigfredo Garcia speaking to his attorney Saam Zangeneh during the trial for FSU Professor Dan Markel.
Alicia Devine, Pool / Tallahassee Democrat

A Tallahassee jury says Sigfredo Garcia is guilty for his role in the 2014 murder of Florida State University Law Professor Dan Markel. But they couldn't reach a decision on his co-defendant and ex-girlfriend, Katherine Magbanua. 

Construction machinery breaks down what's left of Hangar 5 on Tyndall Air Force Base
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

A year ago, Hurricane Michael steamrolled through the Florida panhandle, damaging nearly everything in its path - including three military bases along its route--Tyndall Air Force, the Navy’s naval support facility, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Blaise Gainey reports on efforts to fix what the storm broke.

A woman in a gray suit and glasses sits in a courtroom
Tallahassee Democrat (pool)

Prosecutors in the murder trial for a slain Florida State University law professor are focusing on the ties between the people accused of killing him, and his ex-wife’s family. Markel was entangled in a bitter child custody fight at the time of his death. 

A man in dark colored scrubs with a white t-shirt sits on the witness stand in a Leon County courtroom
Alicia Devine, Pool / Tallahassee Democrat

Luis Rivera testified for two days in the murder trial for Florida State University Dan Markel. He’s pled guilty to murder in exchange for a 19-year sentence in the case.

Jeffrey Lacasse, Wendi Adelson's ex-boyfriend, testifying during trial for slain FSU Professor Dan Markel.
Tori Schneider, Pool / Tallahassee Democrat

The third day of the trial for FSU Professor Dan Markel who was shot down in his driveway is taking place today at Leon County’s Courthouse. Wendi Adelson is Dan Markel’s ex-wife. Jeffrey Lacasse, who she was dating around the time of the murder, testified today. Many contradictions were noticed between what he and Wendi Adelson who testified Friday had to say.