Ryan Dailey


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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The State Board of Education has approved a new rule, making schools accountable for providing substance abuse education. 

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A lawsuit has been filed against the City of Tallahassee, claiming it didn’t follow its own procedure for closing two public roads.

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Last week, the U.S. Attorney for Florida’s Northern District said he’s willing to step in and prosecute marijuana offenses that the state attorney will not. On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Larry Keefe offered more specifics.

Restorative justice practices are built on the idea of allowing victims and offenders to communicate. The goal is to help victims heal and offenders to reform, and there’s a push to triple such programs in Florida.

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The U.S. Attorney for Florida’s Northern District says he’s willing to review and prosecute marijuana cases that the state attorney will not. The move comes after State Attorney Jack Campbell said last month he's pressing pause on prosecuting marijuana cases in light of a new hemp law.

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State tourism wing Visit Florida is reporting record tourism numbers for the first half of 2019.

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After a software error caused confusion and delays with bus routes, Leon County Schools is making changes.

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A critical error in Leon County Schools’ transportation software caused bus routes to change and buses to be late in dropping students off so far this week. Ryan Dailey sat down with district spokesman Chris Petley, who broke down why the problems occurred – and what the district is doing about it.

Tallahassee’s Council on Culture and Arts has a new executive director at the helm. Kathleen Spehar has had a long career in the arts, focused mainly in Minnesota and the Midwest. She’s been an educator in state university systems, and has worked in managerial roles for arts and theater organizations. Spehar is no stranger to the Capital City, having been a visiting professor at Florida State University in 2010.

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Currently, the state Department of Education does not keep a complete database of all substitute teachers in the state. But one violent tragedy in Tallahassee last year has raised concerns, and sparked a push for better record-keeping at the state level.

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Gadsden County officials say the expansion of a new wood treatment facility represents new jobs and an influx of new revenue. The county’s development council courted the company with incentives.

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City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow wants to rebid all contracts with businesses and vendors that made payments to suspended Commissioner Scott Maddox.

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Former city commissioner Scott Maddox and Downtown Improvement Authority head Paige Carter Smith pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges Tuesday.

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Attorney General Ashley Moody last week asked the state Supreme Court to block a ballot initiative that would ban assault weapons. On Monday, the state’s top attorney fielded questions from reporters about the move.

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A proposed citizens ballot initiative to let all voters, regardless of party affiliation, vote in primary elections could be headed to the 2020 ballot. One of its sponsors, Steve Vancore, believes the move would change the way Florida politicians campaign.

A ballot initiative that has the potential to be on the 2020 ballot wants to allow any registered voter to cast a vote in primary elections. State estimators are working to ballpark the cost of doing so.

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Last week, a circuit court judge ruled that a Florida law imposing penalties on local governments for preempting state gun laws is unconstitutional. Now, the state’s attorney general has filed an appeal, but Florida’s agriculture commissioner is crying foul.

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Georgia supervisors of election this week learned they are making the switch from touchscreen voting machines to what’s called ballot marking devices. Yet, opinions are split on whether that’s a good thing.

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Florida’s state and congressional Democratic leaders are ripping President Donald Trump’s new North American trade agreement and Chinese tariffs.

Ronald Rubin was ousted from his role as Commissioner of the state Office of Financial Regulation by the Florida Cabinet Thursday. It was the result of sexual harassment allegations, but Rubin is claiming there were political motivations at play.

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Electric Cooperatives from Northwest Florida and beyond have shifted their focus to hurricane preparedness as the season is underway.

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After a strong start to the year, local economic growth has hit a snag in key sectors, according to the Tallahassee Economic Index.

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On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that put men on the moon, one engineer who worked on the project is reflecting on what it meant for the country and spaceflight. WFSU's Ryan Dailey recently spoke with Duane Mitchell, who turned 90 just a week ago. Mitchell was at his Tallahassee home with his daughter, Carol.

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Florida school districts will now be required to give at least five hours of mental health instruction per year to middle and high school students.

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A class action lawsuit against the Florida Department of Education claims teachers weren’t fully paid bonuses they were promised. The state’s embattled Best & Brightest bonus program is once again under fire.