Blaise Gainey

Blaise Gainey is a Multimedia Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.

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Hurricane Michael tore apart Northwest Florida in October leaving more than 20 million cubic square yards of debris. Moves were made at both the state and federal levels to try and help recovery efforts.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is expediting money for debris removal in communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. DeSantis also wants the U.S. government to take on a bigger share of the recovery costs.

State Senator Jeff Brandes believes the Florida Legislature is now organized in a way that will lead to more insurance issues being heard and ultimately solved. The Office of Insurance Regulation held it’s 2019 summit this week.

Senator Jeff Brandes believes the Florida Legislature is now organized in a way that will lead to more insurance issues being heard and ultimately solved. The Office of Insurance Regulation held it’s 2019 summit this week.

Technology moves fast and some of the latest technology includes artificial intelligence such as autonomous vehicles. During Tuesday’s 2019 Summit hosted by the Office of Insurance Regulation officials talked about what the industry can do to keep up.

Members of the House Higher Education Appropriations committee received a breakdown of the budget for the year Thursday. As Blaise Gainey reports, the chairman says the entire budget for colleges and universities will be up for discussion this session.

Marriage equality advocates were promoting a bill at the capitol Wednesday calling for the repeal of an obsolete state law. Blaise Gainey reports the law banned marriage between same sex couples.

Monday night Commissioner Nikki Fried held an inaugural celebration event where Democrats all over Florida and others attended as special guests DJ Irie and Wyclef Jean put on a show. Fried stopped the party for a moment to speak about her priorities.

It’s Official. As of January 8th, felons who weren’t convicted of murder or a sex offense can now have their voting rights restored, as long as they’ve completed their sentence. Felons in Leon County started registering as soon as election offices opened.

A day before her inauguration incoming Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried stopped by Second Harvest of Big Bend in Tallahassee to help fill bags and boxes with food for families. She took a break from community service Monday to address the media.

After complaints of inhumane treatment in women’s correctional facilities throughout Florida, one lawmaker is calling for a change.

Florida lawmakers are hearing from the public on issues such as election reform, public school funding and mental health. From Broward to Bay counties, they’re getting an earful from the public on exactly where the focus should be during the 2019 legislative session.

Florida lawmakers are hearing from the public on Election Reform, Public School Funding and Mental Health. From Broward to Bay, legislators are getting an earful from the public on exactly where the focus should be during the 2019 legislative session.

A plethora of constitutional amendments were passed on the 2018 ballot. From banning greyhound racing, offshore drilling, to allowing voters to choose whether or not to open a casino in their district. WFSU News Reporter Blaise Gainey gives us the gist of what these new changes mean.

After two suicides by first responders this week, Hillsborough county residents are pushing lawmakers to focus on mental health this upcoming session.

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