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Kirby Wilson - Politics Reporter

Politics Reporter

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. Ron DeSantis, who shares a name with the governor, poses for a portrait at his home on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Dunedin.
  2. TJ Goodall de Tampa sostiene un cartel de apoyo a Donald Trump durante la fiesta de la noche de las elecciones de Ron DeSantis en el Centro de Convenciones de Tampa el martes 8 de noviembre de 2022 en Tampa.
  3. Protesters fill the street in front of the Supreme Court after the court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in Washington, June 24, 2022.
  4. TJ Goodall of Tampa holds up a sign supporting Donald Trump during the Ron DeSantis election night party at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 in Tampa.
  5. El Senador Marco Rubio habla durante un mitin con el Gobernador de Florida Ron DeSantis en un evento de Turning Point Action en Hialeah Park en la víspera del día de las elecciones.
  6. An aerial view of the homes damaged by Hurricane Ian in the vicinity of Fort Myers. A state constitutional referendum on the ballot Tuesday would limit taxation on improvements that make a property more resistant to flood damage.
  7. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings.
  8. A Vote sign is placed outside of an early voting location, Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, in Miami. Midterm elections are Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  9. Early voters wait in line to enter the early voting location at the Supervisor of Elections Office at the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., during early voting on Oct. 19, 2020, in Clearwater.
  10. Sean Cousins pushes a pallet of mail-in-ballots at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections warehouse as workers transport them to begin distributing them in Tampa on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.
  11. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at his "Getting Things Done” rally at Grand Cathedral Cigars on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, in Tampa.
  12. Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. - Demonstrators breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification.
  13. Oct. 27• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Federal prosecutors have charged 29 residents of the Tampa Bay area with crimes related to the Jan. 6 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The Tampa Bay Times spent weeks analyzing their backgrounds to better understand how extremism spread in this region.
  14. La representante de Florida, Jackie Toledo, hace un comentario durante una audiencia del Subcomité de Asuntos de Veteranos y Administración Local en una sesión legislativa, el jueves 13 de enero de 2022, en Tallahassee.  (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  15. Florida Rep. Jackie Toledo makes a point during a Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee hearing in a legislative session, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  16. Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, shakes hands with former Gov. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., at the start of their televised gubernatorial debate, at Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce, Fla., Monday, Oct. 24, 2022.
  17. Right: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers remarks at the 2022 CPAC conference in Orlando on Feb. 24, 2022.
Left: former Gov. Charlie Crist
  18. Michele Hall, 55, receives her eighth Aduhelm treatment/infusion at a local clinic on Aug. 3, 2022 in St. Petersburg. Hall was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in fall 2020.
  19. Anthony Prado, with the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team (FL-TF2), ducks into a collapsed roof while searching for people Wednesday in Fort Myers Beach. Hurricane Ian devastated the town when it made landfall nearby on Sept. 28.
  20. Bonnie Gauthier, who was killed by Hurricane Ian, made this her Facebook profile picture in 2014.
  21. Mitch Pacyna and his partner, Mary Wojciechowski, pose with their beloved dog, Lulu Bell, in a 2020 Facebook profile picture.
  22. A stretch of roadway in Matlacha leading out to Pine Island is seen Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in Matlacha. Storm surge from Hurricane Ian was washed away the roadway.
  23. A view of The Pier as the Tampa Bay drains in a reverse storm surge with Hurricane Ian expected to make landfall this afternoon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
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