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Gerald Ensley Dies


The man who probably knew more about Tallahassee than just about any other living person, has departed the community he loved so much. Veteran Tallahassee journalist and columnist Gerald Ensley has died.

Ensley retired as a Democrat regular in September of 2015 after a twenty-six year tenure. But he stayed active as an observer and commentator on the local scene. That included writing the occasional guest column for the paper and appearing on WFSU’s Perspectives program in January of 2016 to share his thoughts on what so people called “disruption”, both close to home and across the nation.

“And ‘disruption’ is the name of the game in today’s world. And disruption is just another world for ‘change’ and change is good, even if it’s just sideways change,” he remarked, during a program filled with little-known snippets of local history and his unique observations on life in general.

Ensley’s long-time employer reported he died early Friday of a stroke. He is survived by his wife, Sally Karioth and daughter, Amanda Karioth-Thompson. Gerald Ensley, dead at 66.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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