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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.

FL’s new COVID cases have spiked to 21,683 in one day — the highest since March 2020

By: - July 31, 2021

COVID-19 cases in Florida have reached a new milestone — 21,683 new cases in one day — the largest number since early March 2020, when Floridians had little information about the mysterious coronavirus and the disease that became COVID-19. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published the daily numbers of COVID-19 cases […]

Crist and Fried, top contenders in 2022 gubernatorial race, blast Gov. DeSantis over COVID surges

By: and - July 27, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 gubernatorial race, Florida’s top Democratic candidates are going after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis over surges in COVID-19 cases. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, a former Florida governor, on Tuesday blasted DeSantis over Florida’s spike in coronavirus cases, saying in an interview with MSNBC that “the governor’s playing Russian roulette with this issue.” […]

How many residents have been vaccinated in FL? It’s hard to tell and stats differ between FL and the CDC

By: - July 26, 2021

In a small county in North Florida called Union, 43 percent of residents aged 12 and older have been vaccinated, according to the Florida Department of Health. But data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the figure as 25.8 percent, based on residents 12 and older. Likewise, 68 percent of residents […]

FL athletes will play a big role in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

By: - July 23, 2021

California will have the largest number of athletes — 126 — at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, but Florida is second in line, with 51 athletes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Overall, 613 athletes in 46 states will compete in the games, with the opening ceremony  on Friday and the closing event on […]

Delta variant accounts for nearly 60 percent of new COVID cases in U.S; FL cases overall are climbing

By: - July 15, 2021

The contagious Delta variant first identified in India now accounts for 57.6 percent of new COVID-19 cases in the United States, with high percentages in several states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show Missouri with the highest percentage of Delta variant cases, accounting for 75 percent of COVID cases. Other states with […]

CDC data: Rising COVID cases in FL top almost every state, even as vaccinations continue

By: - July 12, 2021

While states such as Missouri have been in the news over a surge of COVID-19 cases, Florida too is seeing a spike in cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The newest key indicators from the CDC show that Florida has the highest number of new COVID cases, 5,790, in the […]

Hurricane Elsa could be headed to Florida by Monday

By: - July 3, 2021

Update: Gov. DeSantis held a news conference in Tallahassee Saturday evening to urge Floridians to prepare for Tropical Storm Elsa, including collecting food and other supplies to last seven days and putting together a disaster plan. “Remember to plan for your pets, anyone in the household with special needs, and check on your neighbors and […]

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden to travel to the catastrophe in Surfside on Thursday

By: - June 29, 2021

Update: The number of dead in the building collapse has risen to 12, with 125 residents accounted for and 149 not accounted for, Miami Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said during an evening news conference. — The White House has announced that the President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to […]

$300 supplement for unemployed set to expire Saturday; advocates ask that DeSantis give an extension

By: - June 23, 2021

Though a $300 per week federal unemployment supplement expires this Saturday, the Florida AFL-CIO and other advocates are calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to keep the supplement going as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. On Thursday, the union plans to deliver a petition of more than 6,000 signatures to DeSantis’ office — signatures from the AFL-CIO, […]

GOP Attorney General Ashley Moody fights against “court packing” but she’s also getting some pushback

By: - June 22, 2021

Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody is strongly opposed to adding more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. She’s written letters, provided comments and held roundtable sessions, including one Tuesday, about the issue critics call the dangers of “court packing.” Tuesday, Moody got some pushback. Democrat Sean Shaw, a former state lawmaker and candidate for the […]

Floridians respond to the survival of “Obamacare”

By: and - June 17, 2021

Millions of Floridians and other Americans concerned about losing their health care can breathe easier today. As the Associated Press writes: “The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to the Obama era health care law on Thursday, turning aside an effort by Republican-led states to throw out the law that provides insurance coverage for millions […]

Some Floridians still skeptical about COVID vaccines because of side effects and other concerns

By: and - June 16, 2021

While the Biden administration is pushing to vaccinate Americans, Floridians who aren’t fully vaccinated are concerned about potential side effects, misinformation about vaccines and other issues, according to a study by the University of South Florida. Researchers at USF’s School of Public Affairs on Wednesday released results from a statewide survey of 600 Floridians, finding […]