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Meet the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

The Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald merged Tallahassee bureaus in 2008, creating a six-person team where assignments are divided evenly and each newspaper publishes work of the combined staff. For the 2013 legislative session, both papers have sent an extra reporter. For the Times, that is a PolitiFact Florida reporter. Meet the Times/Herald team:

Steve Bousquet Times bureau chief

Beats: Gov. Rick Scott, elections, criminal justice

Contact: sbousquet@, 850-224-7263

Twitter: @stevebousquet

Mary Ellen Klas Herald bureau chief

Beats: Ethics/campaign finance, environment, Senate

Contact: meklas@, 850-222-3095

Twitter: @MaryEllenKlas

Rochelle Koff Times staff writer

Beats: General assignment

Contact, 850-224-7263

Twitter: @rkoff

Kathleen McGrory Herald staff writer

Beats: K-12 education

Contact:, 850-222-3095

Twitter: @kmcgrory

Tia Mitchell Times staff writer

Beats: Health care, higher education

Contact: tmitchell, 850-224-7263

Twitter: @TBTia

Toluse Olorunnipa Herald staff writer

Beats: Economy, insurance

Contact: tolorunnipa, 850-222-3095

Twitter: @ToluseO

Katie Sanders PolitiFact Florida staff writer

Contact: ksanders@, 850-224-7263

Twitter: @KatieLSanders

Michael Van Sickler Times staff writer

Beats: Budget, growth/transportation, House

Contact:, 850-224-7263

Twitter: @mikevansickler

Meet the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau 03/02/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 5:19pm]
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