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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. OnSite Safe Nurse Joan Diehl prepares COVID-19 vaccinations at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, one of the vaccination distrubition sites in Hillsborough County, in Plant City on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
  2. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a COVID-19 testing site, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. First responders and people over 65 years-old began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday during a trial run of the site which will open to seniors at a later date. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  3. Gov. Ron DeSantis
  4. 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.
  5. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during President Donald Trump's Make America Great Again rally on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, at The Villages Polo Club in the master-planned age-restricted community in Sumter County, Florida. The visit by the president kicks off one more sweep through the Sunshine State ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
  6. Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Chad Poppell listens to Gov. Ron DeSantis during a roundtable discussion regarding mental health at the downtown Tampa Firefighter Museum on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Gov. DeSantis announced plans to allocate funds from the CARES Act to state mental health services.
  7. The Florida Capitol.
  8. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, shakes hands with gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis as he introduces him to supporters in 2018.
  9. U.S. Capitol Police hold protesters at gun-point near the House Chamber inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
  10. RN Toni Martin, left, administers the first of two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to James Perivolaris, 77, of Palm Harbor, at the Clearwater Health Department, 310 N. Myrtle Ave., on Tuesday, Jan. 5. 2021, in Clearwater, as part of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County's distribution plan.
  11. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right rear, watches as Carlos Dennis, left, 65, rolls up his sleeve so that Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue paramedic, Capt. Javier Crespo, can administer a COVID-19 vaccine shot, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  12. “No quiero que una vacuna no se use cuando se podría poner una inyección en un brazo”, dijo DeSantis.
  13. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking at a news conference in Longwood, Florida about the ongoing coronavirus vaccination efforts.
  14. Dec. 29, 2020• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Trump is traveling to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.
  15. Florida Democratic Party chairwoman Terrie Rizzo speaks during the Tampa Bay Times Florida 2020 a candid conversation forum Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
  16. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks after the first doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine arrived at Tampa General Hospital on Dec. 14.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions while First Lady Casey DeSantis listens following a roundtable discussion regarding mental health at the downtown Tampa Firefighter Museum on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Gov. DeSantis announced plans to allocate funds from the CARES Act to state mental health services.
  18. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody with a bipartisan group of state attorneys general speaks to reporters in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.
  19. Dec. 8, 2020• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Marijuana plants grow in a greenhouse environment in this room at the Curaleaf Homestead Cultivation Facility. This environment controls the amount of natural sunlight and artificial light the plants are exposed to, as well as the temperature.
  20. Nov. 28, 2020• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Stacey Abrams speaks at the unity breakfast in Selma, Ala in March 2020. Abrams, the voting rights activist and former gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, also has a career in writing novels. Her next one, the Supreme Court thriller “While Justice Sleeps,” come out May 25.
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks before President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
  22. President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del.
  23. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a campaign rally for Georgia Republican candidate for Senate Sen. Kelly Loeffler Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)