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 Agriculture Commissioner Fried asks DeSantis to stand up to ‘Nazi ideology’

By: - July 26, 2022

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Tuesday asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to condemn the weekend’s hateful demonstrations in Tampa, saying in a letter that “given the level of criticism you have directed at me over policy differences, it is deeply concerning that you cannot muster even a tweet against a group that glorifies genocide while […]

Monkeypox now a public health emergency of international concern; FL cases rank 3rd in the U.S.

By: - July 23, 2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Saturday that the monkeypox outbreak that’s expanded globally is now a public health emergency of international concern. “In short, we have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly, through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little, and which meets the criteria in the International […]

New FL survey: Inflation, economy, jobs, gun violence and crime on voters’ minds in November

By: - July 12, 2022

In a broad look at what Floridians may be thinking when they go to the polls in November, a new statewide public opinion survey shows inflation is the top issue, followed by economy and jobs and gun violence and crime. Abortion ranked 4th among 12 specific policy issues listed in a poll posted Tuesday by […]

Aftermath of Roe v. Wade ruling: ‘Millions, millions will suffer because of this setback’

By: and - June 24, 2022

Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion, protesters rallied Friday evening to support abortion rights and try to figure out what to do about the dramatic change in the abortion landscape. “We must organize or die,” said Barbara DeVane, a longtime Florida lobbyist and a lobbyist […]

GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis reacts to U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on overturning Roe v. Wade

By: - June 24, 2022

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who recently signed a 15-week abortion ban in Florida, responded Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973. He did not reference a potential special session to further restrict or fully ban abortion in Florida. The current 15-week ban […]

At least seven deaths in FL from meningococcal disease; one of the worst outbreaks in U.S. history

By: and - June 22, 2022

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday reported at least seven deaths among gay and bisexual men from the serious meningococcal disease outbreak in Florida and at least 24 cases of the disease. The agency described the situation in a news release as “one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among […]

Protests against gun violence spread across FL and the nation Saturday: What will come from it?

By: , and - June 11, 2022

A day after GOP lawmakers in the Legislature blocked a special session on expanded gun restrictions, Florida Democrats, other politicians, activists and citizens held rallies Saturday to protest continuing gun violence that has shocked the nation in recent weeks. The protests were scheduled from Alaska to Maine to Washington D.C. and down to Florida and […]

Monkeypox outbreak expanding in U.S., including in FL, and across the globe

By: - June 3, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 21 cases of the rare monkeypox disease have now been confirmed in 11 states, including Florida. The other states are: California, New York, Utah, Colorado, Massachusetts, Georgia, Illinois, Washington state, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Both California and New York have four cases confirmed; Florida has three. […]

DeSantis signs 2022-23 state budget, slicing $3 billion in vetoes, while dissing President Biden

By: and - June 2, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the 2022-23 state budget of $109.9 billion on Thursday, slashing $3.1 billion in line-item vetoes from the original document approved by the Legislature in the spring. The governor acknowledged some “pork” in the hefty budget, often labeled pork barrel projects, turkeys, or local budget items that bring home the bacon for […]

Names from A to Z: 2022 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1

By: - May 31, 2022

The 2022 Atlantic hurricane begins June 1 and extends to Nov. 30, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting up to 21 named storms. The NOAA describes the storms as an “above-normal season.” NOAA references a “climate change connection” related to hurricane seasons. It says, in part: “NOAA tracks how changes in our atmosphere, […]

Hundreds to thousands of demonstrators protest against abortion bans Saturday, including Floridians

By: - May 14, 2022

With a potential U.S. Supreme Court ruling looming on the fate of the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion case, hundreds of demonstrators in Florida’s capital chanted, sang, held signs and marched around the state Capitol complex area on Saturday, including at the Florida Supreme Court building. It was not an isolated protest. Demonstrations were scheduled […]

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A day to celebrate? Confederate Memorial Day is still on the books in FL

By: - April 25, 2022

In the 2022 legislative session, Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book filed legislation to get rid of the Confederate-related legal holidays of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, as well as the Confederate Memorial Day in Florida on April 26, among other changes. But the legislation went nowhere. And as of Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the […]