Ryan Dailey

Senior Producer/All Things Considered Host

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.

Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, Ryan also lived in Lawrenceville, Georgia and Southwest Florida before moving to Tallahassee. On a day off, you might find him playing guitar, attempting to play golf or hanging out with his dog, Buddy.

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A museum is in the works to commemorate a piece of Tallahassee history that helped shape the city – the Dale Mabry airfield. That’s thanks to a collaboration with Tallahassee Community College, which sits on the old base property.

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Governor Ron DeSantis is announcing the state Department of Education’s replacement for Common Core standards.

Florida lawmakers want to create a “disqualification list” for teachers who commit sexual misconduct with a student. Bills in both chambers are moving, after dying last session.  

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Republican state legislators are trying to abolish Florida’s ‘permanent’ alimony system. A bill in both chambers would place caps on the duration of payments, but a Florida Bar section is opposing the changes.

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State Senator Joe Gruters invited a Florida congressional candidate who’s been banned from most social media sites to speak alongside him as he rolled out a new bill he says fights censorship.

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Republican Senator Manny Diaz wants people who need emotional support animals to be able to rent condos or apartments without facing discrimination. His bill addressing the issue is advancing, but is facing skepticism from his colleagues.

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Senate Appropriations Chair Rob Bradley’s marquee criminal justice reform bill is headed to a vote by the full chamber. The measure would put a cap on sentences for low-level drug possession, and allow judges to use discretion in sentencing traffickers.

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A bill that would remove time limits for prosecuting sexual battery on minors cleared its first hurdle in the House Wednesday. Lawmakers heard powerful testimony from a survivor of sexual assault, who now advocates for victims.

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Governor Ron DeSantis says he’s confident in public support for his proposal to boost starting teacher salaries to $47,500 dollars.

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Florida is among the states looking to force the issue of athlete pay on the NCAA. California passed a law to do so last year. Three House committees held a joint meeting on the subject Monday.

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A slew of criminal justice reform bills will be up this 2020 legislative session. A number of them will get a hearing during the first week lawmakers return to Tallahassee.

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High school graduation data for the 2018-19 school year has been published by Florida’s Department of Education. The statewide numbers show an uptick of an eighth of a percentage point over the previous year, bringing the graduation rate to 86.9 percent.


A day before the 2020 legislative session kicks off, three House committees will meet to discuss the idea of allowing collegiate athletes to get paid for their name and likeness.

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Across Florida, long-forgotten cemeteries are being rediscovered, in some cases centuries after being lost to development. One was recently found in Tallahassee. Local historians say the cemetery was for enslaved persons, and has ties to a plantation owned by a powerful family.

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A new bar is set to open in Downtown Tallahassee in a very old building. Bar 1903’s concept involves giving an homage to the history of a long-standing library building. Behind it is the team that opened craft cocktail mainstay Liberty Bar in 2014.

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Senate President Bill Galvano had breakfast with members of the Capitol press corps Tuesday, fielding questions on (just about) everything under the Sunshine. Here are a few of the matters Galvano weighed in on:

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The full U.S. House of Representatives could vote on President Donald Trump’s impeachment Wednesday. North Florida Congressman Al Lawson spoke with WFSU about how he will vote.

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With the full U.S. House of Representatives expected to vote on President Donald Trump’s impeachment this week, rallies are being planned throughout the country. There’s one in the works for Tallahassee.

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Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Florida’s legislature are taking aim at mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent offenders. Bills dealing with the rigid sentencing guidelines are advancing, and still being filed ahead of the 2020 session.

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Leon County Schools has named its 2019-20 teacher of the year. Raa Middle School eighth grade language arts teacher Trikia White was rendered speechless by the announcement.

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Under a bill moving through the Florida Senate, leaving a dog chained up outside during a natural disaster, like a hurricane, tropical storm or tornado warning, would be a first degree misdemeanor. It would be punishable by up to one year in jail or a fine of $5,000. The rule would also apply during a mandatory evacuation order.

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Republican Senator Jeff Brandes has a group of criminal justice reform bills already moving ahead of the 2020 session. Several of them passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday.

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Tallahassee Classical School, the Leon school district’s newest charter set to open in August, is now accepting applicants. This is the second go-round for the school, after its inaugural start date was pushed back.

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The Leon County School board is set to propose a new policy at its meeting on Tuesday, allowing K-12 medical marijuana patients access to cannabis at school. The new rule would potentially be adopted mid-January. It looks to align the district with what's currently in state statute concerning students who are prescribed medical cannabis.

Tallahassee’s Southern Shakespeare Company is bringing in some comedic star power for a free showing of one of the legendary playwright’s classics this Spring.