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Kirby Wilson - Tallahassee Correspondent

Tallahassee Correspondent

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. Florida businesses face fines of $5,000 per violation charge under a law blocking so-called "vaccine passports" signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis
  2. Gov. Ron DeSantis listens to speakers talking about monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at a news  conference at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.
  3. Según datos preliminares de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades, las muertes por sobredosis en estadounidenses aumentaron un 30 por ciento entre febrero de 2020 y febrero de 2021. En Florida murieron unas 7.700 personas por una sobredosis en ese tiempo.
  4. In this Aug. 9 photo, the outline of a protester's body with a message is seen on the sidewalk outside the courthouse where the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy is taking place in White Plains, N.Y.
  5. La oficina del gobernador no dio a conocer detalles sobre la etapa del cáncer de la primera dama ni dónde planeaba ser tratada.
  6. First Lady Casey DeSantis speaks during a roundtable discussion regarding mental health at the downtown Tampa Firefighter Museum on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans to allocate funds from the CARES Act to state mental health services.
  7. Un paciente con COVID-19 es atendido por la enfermera registrada Aubry Sander recientemente en una sala de 'presión negativa' (NPR, por sus siglas en inglés) en el Gulf Coast Medical Center en Fort Myers, Florida. Los NPR ayudan a prevenir la contaminación cruzada de una habitación a otra. El sistema de ventilación de la habitación genera una presión más baja que la del entorno, lo que permite que el aire entre pero no salga.
  8. Registered nurse Aubry Sander cares for a COVID-19 patient last year at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers. A new report predicts a major nursing shortage in Florida by 2035 unless Florida finds a way to retain more nurses and improve the pipeline of those entering the profession.
  9. Sep. 23• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, called the director of Florida's medical marijuana program to testify at a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.
  10. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, left, was named Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis as Florida's next surgeon general.
  11. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a Harvard-educated researcher, was chosen by Gov. Ron DeSantis to become Florida's next surgeon general on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.
  12. Tampa General President and CEO John Couris speaks while Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during an August news conference at Tampa General Hospital and USF Health Morsani College of Medicine's Global Emerging Diseases Institute.
  13. Senate President Wilton Simpson, next to a text exchange with a Tampa Bay Times reporter from Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.
  14. Wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at a Navarro Discount Pharmacy in Hialeah, Fla. DeSantis announced that seniors will soon be able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at Navarro Discount Pharmacies and CVS y mas pharmacies in Miami-Dade County. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  15. A Trulieve dispensary in Punta Gorda, Florida. The husband of the company's CEO was convicted on five federal charges earlier this year. Does that cloud the company's apparently bright future?
  16. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.
  17. Dr. Mark McDonald, a California psychiatrist, speaks on a panel of medical professionals summoned by Gov. Ron DeSantis on July 26, 2021.
  18. Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees acknowledged the importance of contact tracing but offered little detail on the state’s long-term plan on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
  19. A nurse fils a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Kalamazoo Expo Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
  20. Madison DeSantis, left, stands by her father, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, as he speaks during a news conference at Pasco County’s Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Thursday in Hudson.
  21. Aug. 19• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, on Monday, August 16, 2021. DeSantis discussed the use of a monoclonal antibody treatment that is being offered at a rapid response clinic located at the vaccination site at the stadium.
  22. In this Nov. 23, 2019, photo, runners compete in the men's NCAA Division I Cross-Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Florida is slated to host this year's championships in November.
  23. Governor Ron DeSantis delivers remarks during a roundtable discussion with theme park leaders about safety protocols and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Executives from Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando participated.