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Chris Hippensteel - Politics Reporter

Politics Reporter

I’m a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times covering Florida politics. I grew up outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania and currently attend Syracuse University, where I study journalism and international relations. My stories have appeared in CNN, VICE, The Daily Beast, Yahoo! News and PublicSource.

  1. Former president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
  2. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist.
  3. Rep. Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa, center, speaks during a rally to show support for Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse Thursday in Tampa.
  4. Governor Ron DeSantis and Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren
  5. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at Harpoon Harry's Crab House in Tampa on Wednesday.
  6. A poll worker verifies a vote-by-mail ballot at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center polling station in Miami in 2020.
  7. Un camión cargado con boletas de votación por correo del condado de Hillsborough para las primarias de agosto de 2022.
  8. A truck loaded with Hillsborough County vote-by-mail ballots for the August 2022 primary.
  9. Vice President Kamala Harris is seen with U.S. Special Operations Command Commander General Richard Clarke, right, and U.S. Central Command Commander General Michael Kurilla, left, after a meeting during her visit to U.S. Central Command and the Joint Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base Thursday in Tampa.
  10. Vice President Kamala Harris walks on to the stage to speak during the American Rescue Plan Workforce Summit held in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
  11. Charlie Crist, a candidate for governor of Florida, speaks during a barbecue event held by the Century Village Democratic club on Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Deerfield Beach.
  12. Florida law enforcement can now stop drivers and issue a noncriminal infraction for playing music “plainly audible” from 25 feet away.
  13. John Eastman, former lawyer of former President Donald Trump, appears on the screen during the fourth hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
  14. Jun. 24• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    More than 1,000 activists gathered in downtown Tampa in support of abortion rights in May.
  15. The U.S. Supreme Court on June 23, 2022, struck down New York's law on concealed carry of handguns.
  16. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, March 8, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a bill signing on Monday, March 28, 2022.
  18. Family members place a picture at a memorial outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers died when a gunman opened fire in a classroom.
  19. Judge Renatha Francis, left, during a news conference in May 2020 with Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis' 2020 nomination of Francis to the state Supreme Court was blocked because she had not yet met the 10-year Bar membership requirement. DeSantis may appoint Francis to a new vacancy on the court.
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