Ryan Dailey

Reporter/Producer

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 proposed interstate agreement that would create a true popular vote election is moving across the nation. This week, one of the plan’s original authors talked with state lawmakers during a lunch and learn event. WFSU spoke with Vik Amar about the idea he and his brother hatched nearly two decades ago.

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Citing what they say is a tremendous public and private cost to Floridians from divorce, two Republican state legislators want to create a “Florida Guide to Healthy Marriages.” They’ve filed a bill to do so for the coming legislative session.

Florida A&M University’s Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative is developing a pilot program to teach K-12 students about medicinal cannabis. The program is being planned to start at the University’s developmental research school.

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Florida’s citrus industry is bracing for another difficult growing season. Florida Citrus Mutual CEO Mike Sparks says the deadly citrus greening disease, combined with loss of crops from Hurricane Irma, created a “perfect storm” for growers. He says that loss necessitated importing citrus.

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Florida Forest Service director Jim Karels  says there’s a good chance state block grants will be approved to help North Florida’s ailing timber industry. The subject-specific grants have never been given out for timber anywhere in the nation by the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Five years after an amendment was added to Florida’s constitution to squirrel away money for buying conservation lands – the groups that pushed it are uniting behind a new common goal.

When he took office, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis set his sights on weeding out common core in K-12 education. Now, the governor says its replacement standards will be rolled out soon. In the meantime, ‘the Nation’s Report Card’ shows reading proficiency in the state has fallen in the past two years.

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Statewide teachers union the Florida Education Association is taking umbrage with comments made by Governor Ron DeSantis this week, suggesting the organization is partisan.

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Over the past two years, Florida’s fourth and eighth-graders have seen a drop in reading proficiency.

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Florida’s governor and senate president on Tuesday struck two different tones on bills seeking to allow collegiate athletes in the state to get paid. Later the same day, the NCAA announced its own plan for its athletes nationwide.

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Governor Ron DeSantis says the state is poised to roll out K-12 education standards that will replace common core before the year is out.

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At an ethics workshop held by the Tallahassee City Commission Monday morning, four out of five commissioners cast ceremonial votes of confidence for City Manager Reese Goad. The votes come after Commissioner Matlow published a letter expressing no confidence in Goad last week. Matlow is sticking to his original stance - causing a rift, at least in opinion, from the rest of the commission. He is now calling for Goad to resign.

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Tallahassee organization The Village Square is known for its events based around conversations involving political and social issues – some of which are meant to take people out of their comfort zone. The title alone for its event this Thursday has already sparked some chatter locally, and Village Square director Liz Joyner expects a spirited discussion. WFSU spoke with Joyner and Funmi Ojetayo, a panelist for the event, to find out where the idea came from.

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There’s a chance Florida voters will be presented with a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational marijuana on the 2020 ballot. This week, Florida House committees heard from a Harvard Psychobiologist who warns of legalizing the plant, and from the nation’s first state “pot czar.”

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez  visited Leon County’s Health Department Tuesday to bring awareness to HIV testing and treatment efforts. Nuñez  spoke about HIV in Hispanic and latino communities on National Latino AIDS Awareness Day.

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It’s been almost a year since the Tallahassee Commission got three new members, bringing a new era at City Hall. WFSU recently went to Commissioner Jeremy Matlow’s open office hours to get his thoughts on the first year with the group.

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Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says hemp farming in the Panhandle could bring relief from the billion and a half dollar hit to the region’s timber industry. She joined WFSU’s special Perspectives program this week, broadcast from Mexico Beach, on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael that left millions of acres damaged.

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Capital City Youth Services has seen its federal funding dwindle for the past three years, and now leadership is seeking other avenues to keep programs afloat. The nonprofit has been denied $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its street outreach program. It’s going on two years without another $200,000 in federal funding for a transitional living program.

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Following Hurricane Michael’s destructive path through Florida’s panhandle, headlines painted a grim future for timber, a major industry in the region. The losses were huge – valued at $1.3 billion. Yet not all was lost, as some lumber and paper mills in the region are still going strong.

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Governor Ron DeSantis is proposing boosting starting teacher salaries by nearly $10,000. He’s including the goal in his 2020 budget proposals. DeSantis has been vocal about trying to reverse the state’s teacher shortage since taking office.

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Following California’s lead, Florida recently became the second state to introduce legislation pushing to allow collegiate athletes to profit from their name and likeness. Ryan Dailey spoke with House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee, who filed a bill to do just that – and it’s got the attention of much of the sports world.

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Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried has announced new rules for prescribed burns. She says some rules are being changed for the first time in three decades.

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A special session has been called for the Florida Senate, to weigh the reinstatement or permanent removal of suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. A senate special master is recommending Israel’s reinstatement amid Governor Ron DeSantis’ ongoing push to oust him.

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E-scooters will keep zipping around Tallahassee, for at least the next six months. The City Commission has voted to extend its initial pilot program. It would have ended in mid-October, but will now last until March of 2020.

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Florida Senate special master Dudley Goodlette is recommending suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel be reinstated. That’s after Israel appealed his suspension by Governor Ron DeSantis in June during a two-day hearing.

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