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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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. 

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George Zimmerman, who shot and killed black teen Trayvon Martin and was acquitted at trial in 2013, has filed suit against members of the Martin family and Tallahassee-based civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represented Martin's family during the trial.

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A recent rash of gun violence in Tallahassee hasn’t been lost on Governor Ron DeSantis. The governor was asked after Tuesday’s cabinet meeting about crime in the City.

The Florida Cabinet has appointed a new commissioner for the state’s Office of Financial Regulation. One cabinet member, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, withheld her vote.

Governor Ron DeSantis unveiling his fiscal year 2019-2020 budget to the media.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is calling the 2020 legislative session the ‘Year of the Teacher,’ and recently rolled out his budget asks for K-12 education.

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Few details are being made available by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office following the Nov. 7 death of a female inmate. The woman died less than 12 hours after being booked into the county detention facility.

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Ahead of the 2020 election, a federal judge in Florida ruled against a 70-year-old law placing the party controlling the governor’s mansion first on ballots. WFSU spoke with a professor of constitutional law who breaks down the ruling.


After an exceptionally dry August and September, the Big Bend saw some relief in rainfall during the latter half of October. The region is still at a significant rainfall deficit, accounting for a moderate drought.

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Visit Florida has posted its third quarter tourism numbers, and some in the industry are calling a slowdown in visitor growth “jarring.” The state tourism agency says 31.6 million people visited the state between July and September – 28.6 million were coming from other states, 2.6 million from overseas and just under a half million from Canada.