Daylina Miller

Multimedia Journalist

Daylina Miller is a multimedia journalist covering health and general news for WUSF and Health News Florida, a statewide reporting collaborative with other public radio stations.

She reports and produces features and daily news spots for broadcast, and collaborates with colleagues on their stories, producing photo galleries, videos, audiograms, social media stories and more.

Daylina got her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida, then a master’s in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University.

In her free time, she runs her own photography business, builds cosplays for geek conventions, hoards boardgames, and adds to her growing army of front-yard Halloween flamingoes.

Contact Daylina at 813-974-8629, on Twitter @DaylinaMiller or by email at

Doctor holding a stethascope.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency visits climbed to a record high of 146 million patients nationally in 2016 - the most recent year available.

8.3 million of those patients were seen in Florida emergency rooms.

Screenshot from FRED Florida Measles Simulator.

A new online measles simulator shows how quickly the disease could spread in Florida.

Adrianne Smith, behavior analyst and co-owner of Creative Behavior Solutions in Largo, attended AHCA's Tampa public meeting Friday, April 5 with her client, 2-year-old Dominick, and his mom, Renee Capone.
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The state Agency for Health Care Administration has backtracked on its decision to cut Medicaid reimbursement rates for therapists who mostly work with children on the autism spectrum, but other changes are still on the table.

Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

The state Agency for Health Care Administration received federal approval to create a housing assistance pilot program as part of the Florida Medicaid program.

Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

The state Agency for Health Care Administration last week proposed Medicaid reimbursement reductions for providers who treat children with autism.

Retired Army Sgt. Ronald Seaman shows off his "Tactical Black Panther" cosplay at the first AfroCon at the Robert W. Saunders Public Library in Tampa Saturday.
Daylina Miller/WUSF Public Media

A crowd instantly formed around Ronald Seaman when they saw what he could do.

The masked man with pointy ears jutting up from the side of his helmet rolled his wheelchair into the lobby of the Robert W. Saunders Public Library, dressed head-to-toe in black and gold armor, holding a fake weapon with a pseudo-spear attached.

Then, suddenly, his chair elevated him to a standing position. Everyone stopped and stared.


Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans may soon merge with a St. Louis-based company to create one of the biggest insurers in the country.

But that means the loss of headquarters for one of the Tampa Bay area's top public companies.

 Chasco Fiesta held a street parade Saturday runs through April 6 in New Port Richey.
Daylina Miller/WUSF Public Media

Twenty-five years ago, Patty Deremer was a little girl in the Chasco Fiesta parade in New Port Richey. Now, she’s the sponsorship chair of the festival, which kicks off this weekend.

Steven Currall speaks in Tampa Friday shortly after being voted the next USF System president.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees have selected Steven Currall as the next System president.

 Tampa Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor is touting a bill to restore navigator funding slashed the last few years at the federal level.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

A Tampa lawmaker has proposed a federal bill that would restore millions of dollars in funding taken from a group that helps sign people up for health insurance.

Castor campaign

Last week, Tampa mayoral candidates Jane Castor and David Straz faced off in their first debate since the the primary.

A decades-long study regarding the risks and protective factors that contribute to brain health and performance is underway in Lakewood Ranch.
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The decades-long Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts, which started in 1948 and is still going, paved the way for a lot of what we know about heart health.

A new study in Florida hopes to do the same thing for the brain.

Ana Lopez Del Castillo, a registered behavior technician, works with a child at Amazing Gains Behavior Therapy Services in Orlando.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Therapists who work with autistic children in the Medicaid system are having problems getting required state credentials, according to providers.

The issue has been going on for months and is impacting how many patients clinics can serve, the providers said.

Yu-Jung Wei, an assistant professor in the UF College of Pharmacy, led a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that questions the accuracy of CMS’ criteria for flagging patients at risk of opioid abuse and overdose.
Courtesy UF College of Pharmacy

A new study by University of Florida researchers questions the accuracy of the criteria used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to identify patients at risk of opioid abuse and overdose.

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Two ships that are replicas of Christopher Columbus’s historic sailing vessels, the Pinta and the Niña, have docked in Palmetto for a week-long stop.

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Florida lawmakers introduced the Sunshine Protection Act to Congress this week. The legislation would make year-round Daylight Saving Time permanent across the country.

Tampa mayoral candidates Jane Castor (l) and David Straz.
Daylina Miller and Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

There will be a runoff election April 23 to decide who will be the next mayor of Tampa. On Tuesday, former Police Chief Jane Castor got just under the 50 percent of the vote she needed to become mayor outright.

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Several months out of the year, Ugandan children travel with staff from the Watoto Ministries to cities around the world to share their stories of resilience.

Members of the Watoto Children’s Choir are performing Ugandan songs and Christian contemporary music around the Tampa Bay area over the next few weeks. On Wednesday, their audience was students and teachers at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa.

CBD is now legal in Florida, but not all products are created equal.
Courtesy Second and Seed

The Sarasota Police Department may soon be cracking down on the non-euphoric hemp product cannabidoil (CBD) – a cousin of the marijuana plant.

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Hear ye, hear ye! Tampa is stepped back in time this weekend with the 40th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A new study suggests that many Florida men are still having unprotected sex despite telling their partners they're HIV positive.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, seen in a file photo.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced new programs for teacher retention and recruitment at a news conference Thursday morning at Armwood High School in Seffner.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Flu activity in Florida increased statewide last week and is now above last year's peak activity, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Bills filed in the Florida House and Senate could give patients more control over how they're treated for pain.

United Cerebral Palsy & Ancor Foundation

According to a new report by United Cerebral Palsy and the Ancor Foundation, Florida dropped from 18th to 34th in state rankings when it comes to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) lead more independent lives.

And in terms of helping these Floridians get jobs, Florida ranks last.

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There are all kinds of methods for creating art. Jean Schlumberger's medium was gemstones. From useable objects like cigarette cases and candlesticks to extravagant fine jewelry, the designer's work sparkles.

A pile of opioid powder, pills and a syringe.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida had the 17th highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation in 2017, a 17 percent increase from the previous year.

Courtesy Mike Lang/Sarasota Herald-Tribune

According to a new Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Gatehouse Media report, it's more dangerous to deliver a baby in the United States than anywhere else in the developed world -- and the risk for mothers is climbing.


The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to encourage states to better coordinate health care for children with complex medical conditions.

a doctor checks a child's heartbeat

The Florida Department of Health has decided to award Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans with a statewide contract to care for children with complex medical issues.