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Diane Rado

Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

Former Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to be interim president of New College of Florida

By: - January 31, 2023

Richard Corcoran, a former House Speaker and Florida Education Commissioner and a current Board of Governors member of the state university system, is expected to be the interim president at the public New College of Florida in Sarasota. The news came in a series of tweets and clips from Florida-based newspapers on Tuesday afternoon and […]

Lawsuit expected against Gov. DeSantis on the rejection of AP African American studies pilot

By: - January 24, 2023

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump — who has represented the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others — plans to announce a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis over the rejection of an Advanced Placement African American studies pilot course that has led to an outpouring of criticism from Black Democratic lawmakers, activists […]

VP Harris in Tallahassee: ‘Can we truly be free if a woman cannot make decisions about her life?’

By: , , and - January 22, 2023

In a direct challenge to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to his back yard Sunday to announce that President Joe Biden was ordering his administration to protect access to abortion-inducing medications. During a roughly 20-minute address in Tallahassee marking what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Harris […]

Prior to VP Harris’ remarks in Tallahassee Sunday, Biden provides a statement on abortion rights

By: - January 22, 2023

Sunday, on what was going to be the 50th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on Jan. 22, 1973, President Joe Biden provided a statement from the White House: “Today, instead of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, we are acknowledging that last year, the Supreme Court took […]

Vice President Kamala Harris expects to be in GOP DeSantis territory on Sunday in Tallahassee

By: - January 19, 2023

Vice President Kamala Harris is set to deliver remarks Sunday in Florida’s state capital of Tallahassee, ahead of what would have been the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which granted access to abortion care. The high court overturned Roe v. Wade on June, 24, 2022, led by […]

FL’s Byron Donalds votes for Kevin McCarthy for U.S. House Speaker after all

By: - January 6, 2023

During a continued drama over who will be the next U.S. House Speaker in Congress, Florida’s Byron Donalds had catapulted to national prominence this week, as a nominee for the Speaker’s job. Several lawmakers, including himself, voted for Donalds over several days. But by Friday afternoon, Donalds decided to vote for embattled GOP leader Kevin […]

Jan. 6 attack: 3 FL extremist groups formed an alliance ‘to work together to shut this sh** down’

By: - December 27, 2022

The final report of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is 845 pages long — similar to more than two or three books outlining the terror of historic events. The excerpts related to Florida are often chilling. The publication released last week showed the force of extremist […]

Ag Commissioner Fried asks U.S. Department of Justice to monitor FL’s ‘broken’ prison system

By: - December 22, 2022

In a Twitter post and a letter to U.S.  Attorney General Merrick Garland this week, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried asked the Department of Justice “to monitor our broken system and hold our governor to account.” The concerns came at a time when the Florida Phoenix was writing a lengthy story about prison conditions at Lowell […]

How prayers set the stage when Florida lawmakers are in session

By: - December 12, 2022

On the first day of a special session on property insurance reforms and other issues, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo took a few minutes to ask Senate colleagues to send prayers: A state senator’s spouse was undergoing heart surgery Monday. Following those prayers, State Sen. Shevrin, of Miami-Dade, whose religious affiliation is listed as Christian (non-denominational), […]

DeSantis skips over Trump question; responds over national politics, GOP underperformance in midterms

By: - December 1, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis skipped over a Donald Trump question Thursday — What is your take on Mr. Trump being back in the news every day? — but did respond to issues of national politics and underperformance of the GOP in the midterms, during a news conference Thursday. The conference in Key Biscayne in South Florida […]

DeSantis’ local press conference diverts to comments on China’s ‘draconian’ COVID policies

By: - November 29, 2022

What began as a news conference in Jacksonville about a multi-million railway project led to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ international comments on China, where protests have erupted over lockdowns, quarantines and other Zero-COVID policies that aim to eradicate the virus. DeSantis, just reelected as governor this month but considered a top presidential pick in 2024, took […]

President Biden is scheduled to travel to South Florida Nov. 1

By: - October 23, 2022

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden was in Florida to help rebuild the Southwest region of the peninsula following the devastating impacts of Hurricane Ian. In about 10 days, the president is scheduled to come back to Florida, as the Nov. 8 midterm elections loom. This time, President Biden is scheduled to be in South […]