About RYAN MILLS
Due to an overall lack of talent, Ryan never achieved his lifelong goal of playing second base for the Minnesota Twins.
Some would say that Ryan displays that same overall lack of talent in his current job as the cops and crime reporter for the Naples Daily News, where he was hired, for reasons that remain unclear, in May 2006. If there is a significant crime story in Naples or Collier County, there is a good chance you’ll find Ryan at the scene badgering bystanders, and bugging the cops.
If for some reason you wanted to introduce yourself, he’s probably the guy wearing the shirt and tie with a satchel over his shoulder. Ryan thinks the satchel makes him look like Indiana Jones, but the difference, of course, is that Indiana Jones looked cool.
Ryan graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in marketing communications and art from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, which is well-known as the Harvard of the Wisconsin state schools (at least in River Falls it is). UWRF is also known as Moo-U, because of its agricultural programs and dating prospects.
After a few years of cubicle life while working in marketing for a large electronics retailer, Ryan chose to pursue a career in the lucrative field of journalism. After a year selling ads for a weekly newspaper in a Twin Cities’ suburb, Ryan headed south for the University of Miami, where he earned a graduate degree in journalism.
In addition to the Naples Daily News, over his six-year journalism career Ryan has written for the Miami Herald, the Panama City News Herald and the Birmingham News.
When he’s not working, Ryan enjoys sampling micro-brews, reading books on history and politics, playing softball, going to the beach, watching the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays on television, and doing other things that exceedingly untalented people do.
And so as not to get himself in any trouble, Ryan also likes spending time with his lovely fiancee, Megan.
If you know of a good cops, crime or public safety story, Ryan would appreciate it if you’d send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (239) 263-4784. It beats having to dig up stories on his own.
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At least two local conservative groups say they were IRS targets
Published 05/17/2013 at 5:05 a.m.
Two local conservative groups say they found themselves in the IRS's cross hairs when they applied for tax exempt status. Find out what happend that led to them shutting down.
Hertz announced relocation a surprise to New Jersey officials
Updated 05/07/2013 at 6:16 p.m.
New Jersey officials were surprised this morning by the announcement that Hertz is relocating its corporate headquarters to Lee County. What will the impact of the move be in the Garden State?
2 days of rain lessening likelihood of major fires
Published 05/02/2013 at 5:23 p.m.
It will take a couple of days for the gloom to clear up, but local fire officials are cheering the rain in Collier County.
Stopping the music: Bonita jazz festival canceled due to sequester cuts
Published 03/18/2013 at 1:16 p.m.
The Department of Defense suspended all military band travel in early March, meaning the Jazz Ambassadors won't be visiting Southwest Florida after all.
Grand Central Station property sold to Conn. investment firm
Published 03/15/2013 at 8:17 p.m.
"I think it's going to be a design that we're all going to be excited about," said Naples Mayor John Sorey.
Some local leaders say sequester cuts a ‘disaster,’ others say affects would be minimal
Updated 02/24/2013 at 9:38 p.m.
The White House released lists for each state on Sunday of potential effects of automatic spending cuts set for Friday. The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers are based only on ...
A bird? A plane? A meteor? Callers report bright lights in Southwest Florida sky
Published 02/18/2013 at 12:34 p.m.
Just before 7 p.m., the Collier County Sheriff's Office received reports from two callers near the 67 mile marker of Alligator Alley who said they saw a bright light in the sky, according to a dispatcher.
Offbeat crimes of 2012: From wedding crashers to tough talkin' Twitter bashers
Published 12/30/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Crime is not usually a laughing matter. But from time to time it is. The following are some highlights of Southwest Floridas offbeat crimes of 2012.
Couple accused in Collier property management scheme arrested in Puerto Rico
Updated 12/14/2012 at 5:57 p.m.
A husband and wife accused of stealing more than $300,000 while working as Pelican Bay property managers were arrested this week while disembarking from a cruise ship in Puerto Rico, federal authorities announced Wednesday.
Garrett Richter named Fla. Senate president pro-tempore
Updated 11/14/2012 at 7:25 p.m.
Incoming Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Destin, plucked the Naples state senator to serve on his leadership team. Richter, whose appointment was announced Wednesday, will serve as president pro tempore, and will effectively be Gaetz’s top lieutenant.
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