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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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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The Florida Department of Agriculture’s chief attorney says CBD vape products are completely unregulated in the state, causing concern at the agency. Steven Hall, the agency’s general counsel, says that concern has been amplified by recent nationwide headlines reporting health problems linked to vaping.

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A bill to put Florida on a path toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 has again been filed for the coming session. Though the measure died last year, its sponsors are hopeful a “shift in tone” by Republicans is a good sign for its chances in the 2020 legislative session.

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Florida’s Cannabis Director Holly Bell says permits for growing hemp could be issued at the start of the coming year.

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Some board members of the Florida Defense Alliance are irked they can’t get any face time with Governor Ron DeSantis. The issue came to a head during a Thursday conference call held by the group.

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Florida State University is now ranked 18th in the nation among public universities. The school has jumped 25 spots in the U.S. News and World Report rankings over the past five years.

Wakulla Superintendent Bobby Pearce seemed to have some harsh words for Florida’s top education officials this week. WFSU has since reached out to Pearce to get clarification on what he meant.

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Legislators representing Wakulla County heard from its residents on Tuesday about their priorities for the coming legislative session. One of the hot issues of the night was the creation of an airport authority.

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A proposed amendment to Florida’s constitution would deregulate and open up competition for investor-owned utility companies. This week, attorneys for the amendment’s backers faced tough questions from the Florida Supreme Court about its ballot language.

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The City of Tallahassee began giving out sandbags ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s expected landfall over the holiday weekend. Anna Lee picked up some bags at Northwood Center. For Lee and many others, caution is the name of the game as Dorian’s track is uncertain.

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The Florida Supreme Court is weighing approval of ballot language for a proposed amendment that would deregulate and open up competition for investor-owned utility companies. Justices heard oral arguments Wednesday.

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Crews have begun the process of cutting down trees in the Boynton Still neighborhood to make way for an extension of FAMU Way. The joint City of Tallahassee and Blueprint 2000 project is being opposed by environmentalist groups.

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Florida’s Supreme Court on Wednesday will weigh approval of ballot language for a proposed amendment to deregulate investor-owned utilities. Should the proposed amendment ultimately pass, customers would be able to choose their own provider, but one group says it would jack up rates.

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University of South Florida anthropologists are planning to take another look at the grounds of the infamous Dozier School for Boys. The move comes after a search for “anomalies” on the property turned up mostly tree roots.

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Former Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox has been removed from office by Governor Ron DeSantis. Maddox pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges. But the one-time state Democratic Party chair remains an active candidate for a state senator seat. WFSU spoke with several elections experts about what would bar candidates from getting onto a ballot.

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