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Kirby Wilson - General assignment reporter

General assignment reporter

As a general assignment reporter, I’ve been assigned, generally, to learn more about the community that raised me. Aside from four years at Duke University, where I double-majored in English and basketball yelling, I’ve lived all my life in Florida. As a reporter, I’m interested in how the decisions of people in power affect everyday Floridians, and in building community around storytelling. I joined the Times in September 2017, and I spent my first year on the politics team covering the 2018 governor’s race. When I’m not in the office, I like to travel, sing show tunes and dream about playing for the Boston Red Sox.

  1. Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos listens to a speaker share an opinion about a city matter during a city council meeting at Clearwater City Hall in Clearwater, Fla. on Thursday, April 20, 2017.  On Thursday, the Clearwater City Council rejected the mayor's resolution urging lawmakers to ban assault weapons.  [Times files]
    However, the city did pass a resolution calling for more modest gun control measures.
  2. Dr. Paul McRae was the first black chief of staff at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Dr. McRae died on September 13, 2019. He was photographed here in the Tampa Bay Times photo studio for the 2008 Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum's "Legends Honorees" gala.
    ‘His extraordinary example paved the way for so many others.’
  3. Tampa has a pilot program underway to test scooters. Clearwater could soon have one of its own. But if it's limited to downtown, who will use it? CHRIS URSO  |   Times
    The city’s plan is coming into focus, but there will be limitations.
  4. Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, a Republican, has asked for a City Council vote on a resolution asking congress for gun control measures.
    However, the Republican’s symbolic resolution will almost certainly fail.
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    Charges in the accident are pending.
  6. A 2017 aerial photo of Coachman Park in Clearwater, the future site of the city's reimagined waterfront.
    Goodbye, Coachman Park. Hello, Coachman Commons.
  7. Clearwater City Council candidate Bill Jonson during a candidate forum for the March 2014 election.
    “So many Clearwater residents tell me that they don’t think the city feels they are important,” Jonson said in a release announcing his run. “As mayor, I will change that.”
  8. Daniel Crowe, of Clearwater, walks his dog Zeus though Crest Lake Park in Clearwater on Wednesday. Crowe said he opposes the removal of any trees at the park, which he visits on a daily basis to walk his dog.
    At least two people stormed out of the meeting. Others were visibly upset by its conclusion.
  9. U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Orlando.
[AP Photo | John Raoux]
    “Why have the details of this foreign attack on our democracy been shrouded in secrecy?” Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-FL-7.
  10. Paul Gary Morgan, 63, of Safety Harbor, was arrested after allegedly kidnapping and molesting a nine-year-old girl.
    Paul Gary Morgan has been charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of child abuse, deputies said.