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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Friends and family of the late Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte gathered at Ruby Diamond concert hall Wednesday for his memorial service. D’Alemberte is remembered for his professional life as a giant of the legal community, but also as an eternal optimist and dreamer.

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Has seaweed been snubbed by science, when it comes to its role in trapping carbon dioxide under the surface of the seafloor? Researchers at Florida State University say seaweed plays a much larger part than most previously thought.

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Tallahassee and the Big Bend region are in the midst of a dry spell, having gone weeks without significant rainfall. Those conditions are the cause of a number of wildfires in the Apalachicola National Forest.

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Florida’s Director of Cannabis thinks 2020 could be the state’s first “great grow year” for hemp. A bill launching a state hemp program is waiting for ink from the governor’s pen. Experts in the state and elsewhere have been weighing in this week on an industry that will be a new frontier in the Sunshine State.

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Florida Director of Cannabis Holly Bell this week said permits for growing hemp could be issued before the end of this year.

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Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley is testing voting systems to ensure the process goes smoothly for the June 18 special election.

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Florida’s Director of Cannabis has only been on the newly-created job a few months, but is already helping architect the foundation for a state hemp program.

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During a week-long trip to Israel that kicks off Saturday, Governor Ron DeSantis will likely sign a bill prohibiting anti-Semitic speech in public schools. The measure passed both chambers unanimously, receiving a standing ovation in the House. But one anti-censorship group is asking the governor to use his veto pen.

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A group just shy of 100 people will accompany Governor Ron DeSantis and the rest of the Florida cabinet on a trip to Isreal this weekend. That group includes leaders in academia and business, lobbyists and state agency heads.

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Much of Florida’s legal community is mourning the death of Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, whose career as one of the state’s brightest legal minds spanned decades. WFSU's Ryan Dailey spoke with D’Alemberte’s longtime friend and former colleague, Paul Jess, about his passing. Jess is director of the Florida Justice Association, which represents trial lawyers in the state.

As the dust settles from this year’s legislative session, school district superintendents are evaluating funding and new policies handed down from state lawmakers. In North Florida, superintendents in three counties have different takes.

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Panhandle farmers whose crops were devastated by Hurricane Michael will now be able to apply for emergency no-interest loans to help recover. One Holmes County farmer is glad to see some financial relief on the horizon.

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Researchers with state teachers’ union the Florida Education Association are estimating Florida’s new plan for a private school voucher program will come with a huge price tag. 

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Bay County Schools is still reeling from the devastation Hurricane Michael brought the region in October. Loss of more than ten percent of its students and hundreds of staff will have the district facing a new normal in the coming school year. Bay Superintendent Bill Husfelt spoke with Ryan Dailey about where the district is now, as summer begins.

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HB 7125, the big criminal justice reform bill passed by the Florida Legislature, makes a significant change to who can be sentenced as a “prison releasee reoffender.”

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The 2019 Legislative Session has wrapped, and advocacy group Florida Conservation Voters is weighing in on the highlights — and lowlights — of the past two months. Ryan Dailey spoke with FCV Deputy Director Jonathan Webber about the budget and some other big-ticket items that have him concerned.

The Florida Legislature is expected to approve its final product of this year’s budget Saturday. But to close out the week, both chambers got their turn to weigh in on the spending plan one last time Friday.

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In the first legislative session since the passing of Senator Dorothy Hukill, lawmakers have pushed through a piece of legislation she backed for years. The bill creates a mandatory financial literacy course for high school students.

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Killing a law enforcement canine or horse in Florida will now come with a more severe penalty, up to triple the prison time. Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Wednesday flanked by officers and their four-legged partners.

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With the passage of this Legislative session’s marquee school choice bill, a new private school voucher program is on the verge of being created. Senate Bill 7070 is now on the desk of Governor Ron DeSantis, who’s been a vocal supporter of school choice since before taking office. (Photo: Steve Cannon/AP)

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The Florida Legislature has passed a proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada and other countries. The measure will now land on the governor’s desk, and from there it will still require federal approval.

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The Florida Senate has passed its marquee school choice bill, SB 7070. The controversial measure that creates a new voucher program narrowly got by on a 23-17 party-line vote.

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The Senate punted on voting on its big school choice bill Wednesday, as amendments to the measure continue to pour in. But, the chamber did make a significant change to its PreK-12 education budget, moving closer to the House.

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As Governor Ron DeSantis’ proposed Canadian drug importation plan looks poised to pass into law this legislative session, he and other proponents are mocking its critics as fearmongers. The Governor’s defense comes amid attack ads that are ramping up in Florida markets.

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A provision in the Senate’s big criminal justice reform bill could make a big impact early on, if signed into law. That impact would come in the form of fewer people incarcerated, and significant savings for the state.

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