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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.

Ian death toll rises: 72 fatalities in 12 counties

By: - October 4, 2022

Ian’s death toll in Florida has risen to 72 fatalities, with 46 deaths in Lee County, where the massive storm battered the southwest part of the peninsula. In all, there are now 12 counties with fatalities due to Ian, according to data from Florida’s Medical Examiners Commission (MEC), which reports hurricane deaths following an autopsy […]

Hurricane Ian death toll: 68 fatalities in 11 counties in FL

By: - October 3, 2022

Ian’s death toll in Florida has risen to 68 fatalities, with 45 deaths in Lee County, where the massive storm battered the southwest part of the peninsula. In all, there are now eleven counties with fatalities due to Ian, according to data from Florida’s Medical Examiners Commission (MEC), which reports hurricane deaths following an autopsy […]

Hurricane Ian’s death toll is now at 58 fatalities, in eight counties

By: - October 3, 2022

Ian’s death toll in Florida has risen to 58 fatalities, with 42 deaths in Lee County, where the massive storm battered the southwest part of the peninsula. In all, there are now eight counties with fatalities due to Ian, according to data from Florida’s Medical Examiners Commission (MEC), which reports hurricane deaths following an autopsy […]

President Biden, First Lady, scheduled to travel to FL on Wednesday following aftermath of Ian

By: - October 2, 2022

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are scheduled to travel to Florida on Wednesday, as the death toll for Ian continues to rise, hundreds of thousands of residents still have no power and the state faces a monumental task of fixing the damage from the massive storm. The White House did not say […]

Hurricane Ian’s death toll has nearly doubled in one day, with 44 fatalities

By: - October 1, 2022

Saturday morning, there were 23 confirmed fatalities in six counties from Hurricane Ian’s monstrous trajectory across Florida. But by Saturday evening, the figure had nearly doubled to 44 deaths, with 30 in Lee County, where Ian had battered the southwest coast of the peninsula. In all, there are now seven counties with fatalities due to […]

Ian’s death toll: At least 23 fatalities in six counties, mostly older residents

By: - October 1, 2022

UPDATE: There are now 24 deaths related to Ian. The 24th confirmed fatality was a 72-year-old male from Volusia County who drowned. Hurricane Ian’s monstrous trajectory in Florida this week has led to at least 23 deaths in six counties, with a dozen of the fatalities in Lee County, where Ian was battering the southwest […]

DeSantis expands state of emergency statewide as Tropical Storm Ian threatens Florida

By: - September 24, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday expanded a state of emergency statewide in Florida as “Tropical Depression Nine strengthened into Tropical Storm Ian, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour,” according to a more expansive executive order. Tropical Storm Ian is forecasted to become a major hurricane before making landfall along Florida’s West Coast, […]

Despite a slowdown of COVID-19 cases, Florida has reached the 7 million mark

By: - August 29, 2022

Federal data on COVID-19 show 6,998,561 Florida cases, reaching a 7 million mark that only two other states have reached in the United States. California’s cases are at 11,006,684 and Texas at 7,681,476. That said, in the category of case rates per 100,000, Florida’s COVID-19 cases are higher than both California and Texas, according to […]

When it comes to geography, the gubernatorial teams are now very similar: Pinellas and Miami-Dade

By: and - August 27, 2022

Democrat Charlie Crist’s running mate Karla Hernández-Mats, a Miami-Dade teacher union president, has set the tone for what will be very similar gubernatorial teams — in the way of geography. Both Crist and Ron DeSantis, who both have been elected governors, grew up in Pinellas County on the Gulf side of the peninsula. They both […]

Charlie Crist will announce his Lt. Gov. pick Saturday, but the word is out: It’s Karla Hernández-Mats

By: - August 26, 2022

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist plans to make a major campaign announcement in South Florida on Saturday, but the word has already gotten out: It’s Karla Hernández-Mats. Here’s the top of a story by the Tallahassee Democrat, which states that the selection was first reported by CBS 4-Miami.” “Charlie Crist, the Democrat challenging Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, […]

FL congressional races all over the map; some U.S. House incumbents need to campaign in November

By: - August 23, 2022

Several U.S. House members from Florida held on to their congressional seats on Tuesday, but others will need to keep campaigning for the November 8 general election, election data show. For example, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, in the Panhandle, overcame two Republican candidates in the primary election for District 1, even after he made Twitter […]

FL Cabinet races: The primary winners for Agriculture Commissioner and Attorney General are…

By: - August 23, 2022

Wilton Simpson, who is finishing a term as the Legislature’s Senate President, is well ahead of his contender and expects to secure the Republican nomination for Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner. On the Democratic side, Naomi Esther Blemur, appears to have captured far more votes than her competitors and expects to win the Democratic nomination, according to […]