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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. Joseph Ladapo speaks during a news conference at the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center at the University of Miami on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
  2. Then-President Donald Trump shakes hands with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as he arrives at Tyndall Air Force Base to view damage from Hurricane Michael, and attend a political rally, May 8, 2019.
  3. Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joeseph Ladapo speaks during a roundtable discussion at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023.
  4. Gov. Ron DeSantis holds up his book as he talks to the audience while on stage during an event at the OCC Road House & Museum 10575 49th Street North on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 in Pinellas Park.
  5. Anna Paulina Luna speaks to a crowd during the Keep Florida Free Tour on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Tampa.
  6. Chelsea “Zeana” Jackson drinks a Walter White at Mad Hatters Ethnobotanical Tea Bar in St. Petersburg. The drink contains kratom, a substance that Florida legislators have taken steps toward regulating.
  7. When asked whether his bill would apply to journalists that write for online-only publications, Sen. Jason Brodeur wrote, “If they’re paid to advocate a position on behalf of a special interest, yes.”
  8. “A governor must have a strong sense of true north to guide him, but that sense must be coupled with the ability and willingness to lead with conviction,” Gov. Ron DeSantis writes in his new book’s opening page.
  9. A dog looks out of the passenger side window of a car in Orlando on Feb. 13. A proposed ban on people driving with their dogs' heads outside car windows has drawn backlash.
  10. Bundled newspapers make their way down the conveyor belt at the Tampa Bay Times printing plant during its final press run on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in St. Petersburg. 
  11. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna listens as votes are cast for the new speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 3.
  12. Gov. Ron DeSantis during a panel discussion on defamation on Feb. 7 in Hialeah Gardens.
  13. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, center, flanked by Jim Millican, division chief with the Lealman Fire District, left, and Ulyee Choe, director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, speaks to reporters on Jan. 30, 2023, at the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County in Clearwater.
  14. Feb. 8• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    A Donald Trump post on Truth Social in which the former president gives oxygen to a claim by one of his supporters that Gov. Ron DeSantis was "grooming" students as a high school teacher.
  15. Feb. 8• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to teachers at a Florida Teacher of the Year Conference at the J.W. Marriott Orlando on July 12, 2022.
  16. Gov. Ron DeSantis has made it part of his mission to reshape the state’s culture from the ground up.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a roundtable on media libel laws on Tuesday.
  18. David Simanoff, president of the Greater Tampa Chapter of the ACLU of Florida, top-center, gives a speech, while people listen during a rally event at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, in Tampa.
  19. A trooper was injured and a man was killed during a shootout early Saturday in Wesley Chapel, Florida Highway Patrol said.
  20. President Joe Biden speaks about his infrastructure agenda while announcing funding to upgrade Philadelphia's water facilities and replace lead pipes, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at Belmont Water Treatment Center in Philadelphia.
  21. Gov. Ron DeSantis has been in ads on the radio and on Fox News urging Idahoans to call for a convention of the states to amend the U.S. Constitution. “The members of Congress will never vote to limit their own power," he says. "That’s why we need states to step up and take action.
  22. Anti-abortion protesters march up 1st Avenue North on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. Even in a post-Roe world, hundreds came to protest around the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.
  23. Jan. 20• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis waves during an inauguration ceremony at the Old Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)