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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As some U.S. state leaders have issued shelter-in-place orders statewide, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has pushed the decision down to local governments, some of which are doing so. DeSantis is facing partisan pressure to lock the state down.

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In Florida’s prison system, if employees test positive for COVID-19, or are suspected of having been in contact with someone who has, they’ll have to use the personal leave time they've accrued when sent home for quarantine.

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Tallahassee and Leon County’s intergovernmental agency Blueprint 2000 has approved a local stimulus package for small businesses.

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Tallahassee and Leon County’s intergovernmental agency, Blueprint 2000, is holding a meeting Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. to discuss how local government can help small businesses amid closures brought on by COVID-19. Restaurants, bars and gyms are among the establishments that have been either severely restricted, in the case of restaurants to takeout or delivery only, or outright closing.

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On Wednesday night, two Leon County hospitals reported the first three confirmed cases of coronavirus in the area. One of those people, a woman transferred from a Georgia hospital, died. The community now braces itself for more cases.

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Two local hospitals tonight (Wednesday, March 18) are reporting the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tallahassee. Three people tested positive for coronavirus, one of whom has died.

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Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare has set up a drive-through sample collection center to test for COVID-19. The Northwood Centre drive-through site is the first of its kind in Leon County, where as of today (Wednesday, March 18) there are still no confirmed cases of the virus.

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Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Tuesday closing bars and nightclubs statewide for 30 days. WFSU spoke with one bar owner who’s grappling with the uncertainty of her employees’ livelihoods.

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Leon County Schools officials gave an update Monday afternoon on the districts’ plans concerning school closures related to COVID-19, as well as plans to feed food insecure students and paying employees. Superintendent Rocky Hanna led off addressing media, saying the district’s tentative plan to return to school March 30 may not be certain:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, 3/17

Montford Middle School won't be monitoring any of the 139 students it sent on a trip to Washington, D.C. March 9-13, as the students will all be home for the two week period set by the Florida Department of Education. 

Superindent Rocky Hanna addressed the field trips, taken by three district schools to New York City and D.C., yesterday during a press conference. 

"If we did have domestic travel advisories, we absolutely wouldn’t have” sent groups of students on the trips, Hanna said, adding in total roughly 400 people went to the major cities. Hanna says since returning home, some students have reported having common cold and flu.

Still, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported by state health officials in Leon County.

The Leon School district will continue to provide updates during daily afternoon press conferences.

UPDATE: Monday, 3/16, 10:30 a.m.

Deerlake Middle School, one of the Leon schools that sent students on field trips earlier this month to New York City, sent a notice to the school community Monday morning.

“We are actively monitoring the students who went on our 8th grade trips,” it says. “Those that went on the trip will be out of school for 16 days.”

Deerlake Principal Steve Mills says 173 Deerlake students went on the field trip to New York City, and there was a 1-to-8 chaperone-to-student ratio. That means roughly 190 people were sent on the trip, and returned this weekend.

What process is the school undergoing to do that monitoring?

“All our chaperones were in charge of eight kids,” Mills told WFSU, adding the school has “asked the chaperones to check in with the kids to make sure we know how they’re feeling,” and “to make sure they’re still in contact with parents.”

Mills couldn’t say whether any students from the trip have reported any COVID-19 symptoms or other sickness. But, he said, “even before spring break happened, we had kids being tested for the flu. It’s a high flu season and high cold season.”

The number of students who went on the trip represent more than a tenth of the Deerlake student population, at 1,050

WFSU has reached out to Montford Middle School, which sent students on a field trip to Washington, D.C. from March 9-13, but has yet to hear back. Though, a web page listing the details of Montford's D.C. trip says the school booked "enough hotel rooms to accommodate 134 students."

Over the weekend, the Leon school district confirmed a third school had students on a field trip to either NYC or D.C., but has not said which school.  

The rest of the district, following a mandate from the Department of Education, will be out for the next two weeks. 


Original story, 3/14

The Leon County School district confirms students from three district schools have recently travelled to New York and Washington, D.C. on school field trips. WFSU has requested the dates the students left Tallahassee for the trips and arrived back, the number of students and the schools involved – but has yet to hear back from district officials.

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Controversial legislation mandating public employers use E-Verify, with a carve-out for private employers to use other means of verifying employee’s citizenship status, has passed the Florida legislature. After numerous changes, the measure is a far cry from what some GOP backers wanted.

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A bill that would expand eligibility for two of the state’s major school voucher programs is still in play, with just a day to go for Florida lawmakers to hear bills. On Thursday, the Senate has rejected an amendment that sparked heated debate.

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Bringing hemp into a state prison or county jail could soon be a felony offense in Florida, under a bill that’s on its way to the governor’s desk. The legislation revises the list of contraband in facilities statewide.

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The Florida Senate has passed a bill requiring employers use the federal E-Verify system to ensure they don’t hire undocumented workers. Though, the version of the bill that passed isn’t quite what its sponsor envisioned.

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The Florida Senate has passed a bill officially requiring cities and counties to report crisis situations to the state Department of Emergency Management. Perhaps more significantly, though, an eleventh-hour amendment expands local officials’ access to state level conversations during emergencies.

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First Lady Casey DeSantis was in Gadsden County Thursday morning to announce bolstered mental health funding. A $1.2 million, three-year grant from the Department of Children and Families is going to Gadsden, meant to help divert people with mental health and substance abuse issues from ending up in the criminal justice system.

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Florida’s newest likely case of coronavirus is in the Panhandle county of Santa Rosa. Governor Ron DeSantis updated the media on COVID-19, including efforts to bring in testing kits.


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The Florida House has passed a bill requiring public employees who are part of a union receive a form to renew their membership annually. Proponents say the measure is a way to make opting out easy for employees. Opponents, meanwhile, call it “union busting.”

Time is running out in the regularly-scheduled legislative session with under two weeks to go. There’s talk of an extension solely to hammer out the budget, but bills wouldn’t get any extra time for consideration. The Senate pushed through a number of bills with bipartisan support Tuesday.

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Senate President Bill Galvano says Florida legislative leadership is in talks with Governor Ron DeSantis about an emergency appropriation to fortify agencies working to combat the spread of coronavirus. Galvano didn’t give many details, but told reporters after Tuesday’s floor session the specifics are being worked out.

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A bill allowing the state to preempt local governments on nearly all aspects of regulation concerning short-term vacation rentals, like Airbnb, has stalled in the Florida Senate.

The Florida Legislature has two more weeks to move on the creation of a statewide resiliency task force. The group of appointees would provide the state’s official estimates of sea level rise, if it gets the chance.

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Governor Ron DeSantis updated media Thursday morning about Coronavirus, or Covid-19, and how Florida is monitoring the international outbreak. Right now, there are no confirmed cases in the state. Some people have been quarantined on suspicion they could be infected. Senate Democrats are calling for more transparency about who is being monitored and where.

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As the old late-session saying goes, “bills are dying.” That’s the case with an alimony reform bill, sent to the House floor today. Its Senate sponsor is declaring it dead in the water. Meanwhile, its principle backer in the House is holding onto hope, though he’s calling it ‘naïve optimism.’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has apparently dropped a monkey wrench on his potential success in winning over Florida’s Cuban voter bloc. In an interview with Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes,” Sanders said he saw some redeeming qualities in dictator Fidel Castro’s leadership in Cuba. Some Florida politicos, thought leaders and voters are sounding off.