Robbie Gaffney

Robbie Gaffney

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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The paper mill is in the background of the image. Smoke rolls off the mill's tower toward a giant field in front of the plant.
Robie, Ray W. / Florida Memory Project

Big changes are coming to North Port St. Joe and not everyone is onboard.

women holds up a sign that reads #metoo in front of a line of people.
Rick Bowmer / AP Photo

The Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CSWG) will task its Violence and Safety Subcommittee with explaining micro-aggressions to the public.

Lime's logo-a sliced lime-is displayed above the wheel of an e-scooter. The wheels of two other e-scooters are in the background.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU

Lime scooters are back on Tallahassee streets. The re-emergence comes after the company found their e-scooters where they were not supposed to be: on Florida State University’s campus. Now, two more companies, Bird and Gotcha, have been asked to recall their vehicles.

Five black e-scooters are lined on the sidewalk. The back wheel of each scooter touches the grass and the front wheel faces the road. Teal words spell "VeoRide" on the scooter's stem. Tallahassee buildings are in the distance.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

As the first week of Scootergeddon comes to a close, local businesses are reporting a mix of positive benefits and negative impacts.

A blue tarp is strapped onto the roof of Callaway's one-room schoolhouse. The school is slanted over the green landscape it rests on.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU

The city of Callaway must dismantle and piece back its one-room schoolhouse to save its historical value after being damaged by the storm.

First person perspective of a driver who is texting. The driver holds a phone with a text message displayed on the screen. It reads, "Are you okay?" and "Can you pick up cough drops? I ate my last one." The driver's thumb is poised to start typing.
Roman Pohorecki / Pexels

Beginning July 1, Florida drivers can be pulled over for texting while driving. The act becomes a primary offense, meaning police officers can pull someone over just for texting.

Two e-scooters are standing up on the sidewalk. A winding road with trees can be seen behind them.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed off on granting e-scooter riders the same rights as bicyclists. Now, cities across Florida are implementing e-scooter programs.

A yellow anaconda is held with two hands close to a woman's chest. Its head rests on the woman's finger.
Chris Tefme / Adobe Stock

Reptile owners and vendors affected by an addition to Florida’s prohibited species list are filing a petition to challenge the decision.

Cutouts of a woman and a man lean against a wall. Behind the woman is a purple color and behind the man is a blue color. The two colors are split down the middle between the space between the man and woman.
Magda Ehlers / Pexels

The Tallahassee City Commission will review whether to adopt two proposals concerning gender-neutral or gender-specific language.

Bird and Jump brand e-scooters lean on their kickstands on the sidewalk. They are faced so that they stand parrallel to the roadway.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU

Gotcha, Lime, and VeoRide are the e-scooter vendors recommended by City of Tallahassee staff to participate in the upcoming pilot program slated to go live on July 15.

Vicky Potter stands beside her wheelchair in front of a large TEDxFSU sign
Courtesy of Vicky Potter / TEDxFSU

Florida State University came under scrutiny when a student began a Twitter thread calling out what she says is a lack of accessibility for disabled students on campus.

A lime e-scooter sits parked on a street in downtown Portland, Ore.
Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press

Nearly 1,000 e-scooters will soon be available for rent after Tallahassee’s City Commission greenlit a three-month electric scooter program. The city is now looking into which vendors to hire.

John Dailey speaks into a microphone as he looks out at the press.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

The City Commission will meet on May 15th to discuss agenda items that include filling the gap in committee seats and an e-scooter program.

Sen. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart)
Florida House of Representatives

Sharing someone else’s nude images on social media or through other “electronic means” will be a misdemeanor if Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a bill passed by the house and senate this week. The measure is part of an effort to curb harm done to victims of sexual cyber harassment.

Gabrielle Monroe wears a pony tail and blue polo shirt. She stands at a podium with papers in her hands. Monroe looks off to the side as she addresses the committee.
The Florida Channel

Survivors of human trafficking are divided on two bills in the legislature.

Thousands gather at the Florida capitol (2/21/18) to push for legislative action in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fl on Valentine's Day.
Lydell Rawls / WFSU News

911 operators will directly transfer callers instead of putting them on hold under a bill moving through the senate. The measure follows a report from the Parkland Commission.

Damage Reports Follow Friday Morning Storm

Apr 19, 2019
A roadway is blocked by a large tree branch.
Erich Martin / WFSU News

Officials are assessing damage after a system of storms swept through the area Friday morning. An eight-year-old girl is dead after a tree fell on her home in Woodville. Others are facing outages and blocked roads.

Florida State University

Florida State University’s Graduate Assistant Union wants the college to change how it handles tuition waivers.

Cream Brick House rests on a lawn of green grass.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Housing is scarce and evictions in the Panhandle are on the rise, leaving many with nowhere to go.

people laying down as if they have been shot in protest of gun laws.
Tom Flanigan / WFSU-FM

A bill in the Florida legislature would remove from public record video, audio, or images of mass violence victims.

Workers and volunteers help sort and stock a Tallahassee food bank.
Margie Menzel / WFSU News

Leon County Commissioners propose solutions for combating food deserts, address unsheltered bus stops, and rank Governor Ron Desantis’ performance in this round up of 2019’s Village Square Town Hall.

Tiny white dog with bulging eyes stare up through a wired cage at the camera.
Leon County Humane Society

Hundreds of starving dogs were found crammed in a South Georgia puppy mill the first week in March. That state’s Department of Agriculture raised concerns about the mill to local police who partnered with animal welfare organizations to rescue the dogs. 76 of these dogs are now in Leon County foster homes.

Upside down semi-truck on canal bank
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Mexico Beach leaders are finding creative ways to recycle debris left behind by Hurricane Michael. 

Several pride flags lined up in a row and blowing in the wind.
filmbetrachterin / Pixabay

Two bills in the Florida legislature would add workplace protections for LGBTQ individuals, but activists say one could be a step forward while the other could be a step back.

House with a red roof is halfway slanted into the murky waters of a canal.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Officials from Mexico Beach and Port Saint Joe say it will take many more months to clear debris from the once pristine shore. After Hurricane Michael, the priority is shifting from recovery to rebuilding, but some residents are still in need of assistance. 

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