Mary Ellen Klas

Mary Ellen Klas

Mary Ellen Klas is capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and co-bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a graduate of the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. Before she became bureau chief for the Herald in 2004, Mary Ellen was Tallahassee bureau chief for Florida Trend magazine and also served as a senior writer for the Palm Beach Post. She was bureau chief for the Palm Beach Post from 1990-94, after which she worked part time for 10 years while her daughters were young. She is married to John Kennedy, senior writer for the Palm Beach Post's Tallahassee bureau. They have two daughters.

Non-citizens can’t vote in Florida. So why is this group trying to ban it...again?

John Loudon speaks at an event in Miami last week to deliver the final signatures for Florida Citizen Voters, which announced it has collected 1.5 million signatures. With him is Gabriel Alfonzo, a naturalized citizen from Venezuela and Jose Montas, a naturalized citizen from Dominican Republic. [Photo courtesy of John Loudon]
Florida Citizen Voters has raised and spent $2.4 million to a measure on the 2020 ballot that would, if approved, require just citizens to vote in Florida, something that is already required.

Four Florida beaches post health warnings for water quality

Sign at the entrance to Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park in Hudson. It's better known as Hudson Beach Park. [CAROLYN EDDS   |   Times]
None are in Tampa Bay, however beaches in Hernando and Pasco tested for elevated levels of bacteria that could pose risks if the water quality continues to decline.

How does the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering affect Florida?

The Florida Supreme Court. [News Service of Florida]
The state is slated to redraw its boundaries for Congress and the state Legislature in 2022.

Climate change expected to take center stage during this week’s Democratic debates

[TARA MCCARTY | Tampa Bay Times]
Recent polls show that the issue is a litmus test for many Democratic voters, and the partys candidates have responded with more detailed and aggressive proposals than were imagined even four years.

Broward’s ex-sheriff defends Parkland actions, vows to seek reelection

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks during a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland where where 17 people were killed Wednesday. (Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS)
The state Senate appointed Dudley Goodlette, a Naples lawyer and former Republican state legislator, to serve as special master. He will make a recommendation after he receives written final...