Robbie Gaffney

Multimedia Reporter

Robbie Gaffney is a recent graduate from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.  

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Line of orange structures, one of which is on the ground.
David Pollard / Tallahassee International Airport

The Tallahassee International Airport is experiencing delays after a man stole a FedEx truck and crashed it into navigational equipment. As a result, Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez (D-Miami) couldn’t present his teacher pay plan last Monday.

Grandmother points to something in the grass. Grandchildren look where she's pointing.
Nikoline Arns / Unsplash

If an extended family member has gained temporary custody of a child, a legislative proposal could allow courts to create a transition plan for that child to go back to their parents. On January 16, lawmakers approved an amendment to allow fictive kin to take part in the process.

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Tallahassee Police Department / Facebook

Jason Laursen, Tonja Bryant-Smith, and Maurice Holmes will be Tallahassee’s new deputy chiefs. 

Women stand in a line holding signs that read, "Keep you theology off my biology!" and "Protect, safe, legal abortion."
Lynne Sladky / AP Photo

A bill to require parental consent for a minor’s abortion has one more stop to go before heading to the Senate floor. Meanwhile, a similar bill in the House is already teed up for consideration by the full chamber. 

If passed, the Senate bill would penalize physicians for aborting a minor’s pregnancy without consent from their parents or guardians.

Man stands up on a podium. People around him are clapping.
Steve Cannon / AP Photo

Gov. DeSantis kicked off Florida's legislative session by announcing his priorities for 2020. He chose three locals to help illustrate his education and Hurricane Michael initiatives.  

A group of people in red shirts carry white signs

Florida’s average teacher salary is among the lowest in the nation. The Florida Education Association says the state suffers from high turn-over rates and teacher shortages. The teachers union wants to change that and Monday, it brought educators from across the state to the Florida Capitol to demand more funding for education.

Women hold signs.
Lynne Sladky / AP Photo

Emotions can run high when social issues are discussed during session. Whether it's abortion, LGBTQ rights, or banning conversion therapy, getting a hearing on these issues can be important to getting them passed.

One man has his back to the viewer. In front of him are four giant computer screens. Behind him is another man with a pencil in his mouth. This man is looking at a computer as well.
Richard Drew / AP Photo

The Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Economist says there’s a low chance of a recession this year. However, that doesn’t mean it will be smooth sailing.

Man in suit is surrounded by women and men in t-shirts
Lynne Sladky / AP Photo

Under a new bill, counties and cities could require employers to give workers benefits like sick pay.

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Florida Commission on the Status of Women

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is hosting a listening tour that will come to Tallahassee on January 16. The top five issues trending statewide include: financial security, healthcare, workplace issues, violence against women, and a lack of women in leadership positions.

brides walk down the aisle.
Lynne Sladky / AP Photo

January 6th is the anniversary of same-sex marriage becoming legal in Florida. But 5 years after the historic ruling, Florida statute still says marriage is only between a woman and a man. Lawmakers are hoping to change that during this upcoming 2020 legislative session.

A man takes a selfie in front of an office with a blue wall
Bill Schack / Facebook

Bill Schack is running for a seat on Tallahassee’s City Commission. He works as the Food Services Director for the Kearney Center.

Two young people open brochures and look inside to see a list of films. In the background, a crowd lines up outside an auditorium.
Wade Bishop / Tally Shorts Film Festival

The Tally Shorts Film Festival is adding five countries to its lineup. Work from Senegal, Colombia, Costa Rica, Malta, and Cypress will be shown.

Large boxes are stacked from floor to ceiling at the Second Harvest of the Big Bend warehouse. Donated food is sorted, labeled, packed, and distributed from 41,000 square foot warehouse in Tallahassee.
Gina Jordan / WFSU

Second Harvest of the Big Bend is ramping up donations this holiday season for Hurricane Michael affected areas. Second Harvest is one of the largest food pantries in Florida.

Dog looks at camera
Justin Rowland

As legislative session looms on the horizon, lawmakers are trying to squeeze in their personal projects into next years’ budget. However, not all of those proposals will make it.

Woman is typing numbers into a cash register. A woman in front of her has her wallet out to give the cashier money.
Craig Line / AP Photo

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has begun writing rules for two plans aimed at lowering drug costs for consumers. One would allow states to develop programs to import Canadian drugs. The other guides international manufacturers on how to bring their drugs into the U.S.

Child plays piano
Kelly Sikkema / Unsplash

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) held a summit Tuesday to discuss its high turn-over rates, heavy workloads, and low recruitment. 

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Banter Snaps / Unsplash

When someone dies without a will, their land goes to family. But it can lead to some sticky situations. A group of Democratic lawmakers is looking into the issue.

Children sitting on a bench look out at a park
Piron Guillaume / Unsplash

Florida senators are pushing forward with a change to family law. The proposal focuses on situations where relatives spend years caring for children left with them by family members. However, the bill has stalled in the House.

Two bloody fins rest on the ground.
Adobe Stock

Rep. Kristin Jacobs (D-Coconut Creek) is pushing a proposal that would ban Floridians from selling shark fins. It’s part of an effort to crack down on shark finning. The practice involves chopping fins off sharks and throwing them back into the ocean. 

Thousands of people gathered at the Florida Capitol (2/21) demanding action on gun control in wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting
Lydell Rawls / WFSU News

Gun safety advocates say more needs to be done to prevent mass shootings. But some say those proposals could be hard to enforce.  

Two people sit behind a desk.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

The Tallahassee City Commission has approved new ethics rules. Previously, they only applied to appointed or elected officials.

crowd of people sits down in chairs. Three people hold up paper signs with the words, "Protect our LGBTQ+ youth" printed on them.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Tallahassee city commissioners have voted to include marginalized people within the LGBTQ community into a proposed ordinance banning conversion therapy. The decision came during Wednesday’s city commission meeting.

A group of men gesture at one another while engaged in conversation
Regan McCarthy

Antonio Gilliam has been named Tallahassee’s new Chief of Police. The Tallahassee native has been working in law enforcement for 18 years. Most recently he served as St. Petersburg’s assistant police chief. Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad said in a press release he’s glad to bring Gilliam back home.

lots of people crowd the street
Tom Flanigan / WFSU-FM

If you’re wanting to travel this Saturday, expect road closures in Tallahassee. The city’s annual Winter Festival will be taking over.