Allison Ross - Senior Editor, Politics and Government

Senior Editor, Politics and Government

I’m privileged to lead a talented team of journalists in Tampa Bay and Tallahassee who spend their time helping readers understand the implications of government decisions and politics on the lives of Floridians. Before moving into editing, I was a reporter on this team. And before joining the Times in 2019, I worked in Louisville, Ky., where I covered education and was part of the investigative unit at the Courier Journal. I also spent time working on the east coast of Florida, at the Palm Beach Post and at Bankrate. Reach out to me sometime with thoughts and ideas. I’m happy to chat.

  1. First lady Jill Biden speaks about gun violence during a White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention event with K-12 principals in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, on the White House complex in Washington.
  2. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a Meet and Greet at VFW Post 788 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023. DeSantis and Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, spoke to community members and held a question-and-answer session.
  3. Dec. 1, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., leaves the Capitol after being expelled from the House of Representatives, Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, in Washington.
  4. Ellie Petrov, center, takes a break to cuddle with her dog, Kai, on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park in Port Richey.
  5. The Skyway Bridge is pictured lit up in blue and white, the colors of Israel’s flag, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023.
  6. Sept. 21, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Lucy Morgan in 1981.
  7. Aug. 1, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gestures during a campaign event, Monday, July 31, 2023, in Rochester, N.H.
  8. June 13, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Nadine Seiler holds a banner sign saying "Trump indicted" outside the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. U.S. Courthouse on Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Former President Donald Trump is making a federal court appearance on dozens of felony charges accusing him of illegally hoarding classified documents and thwarting the Justice Department's efforts to get the records back. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
  9. Former Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade speaks during his jersey retirement ceremony on Feb. 22, 2020, in Miami.
  10. Then-Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried speaks during an interview on April 21, 2022, at the Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami.
  11. March 23, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    This combination of the photos shows former President Donald Trump, left, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right.
  12. The Florida Supreme Court building is pictured on Nov. 10, 2018, in Tallahassee.
  13. Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis will face off in a debate on Monday, Oct. 24.
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  15. A man was killed in a boat crash in St. Pete Beach after detectives say his boat hit a pylon.
  16. Police tape
  17. People wait in a line on Tuesday that wraps around the West Tampa Community Resource Center, which at the time was the only free public COVID-19 testing site in Hillsborough County. Two more sites will soon be opened.
  18. Hillsborough County Center, located at 601 E Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa.
  19. Family nurse practitioner Elyse Roelans draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a CVS Minute Clinic in Davie on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.
  20. Heavy traffic is seen along the southbound lanes of I-275 on the Howard Frankland bridge Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 in Clearwater.
  21. A machine sorts packages at the United States Postal Service's Ybor City Package Support Annex in Tampa, on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.
  22. Dionne Christian, the Straz Center special assistant to the COO, on left, checks the Covid vaccination card of Bob Sheehan, 67, and his wife Kathy Sheehan, 66, from Carrollwood, at the Covid entry verification check point as the couple enters the David A. Straz Jr Center for the Performing Arts as the Broadway season reopens with Tootsie after a year of sitting out because of the pandemic on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Tampa. Tampa Bay companies are evaluating new vaccine rules placed on employers that will go into effect on Jan. 4.
  23. Ken Welch is seen during a watch party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in St. Petersburg. Welch was declared the projected winner for St. Petersburg mayor.