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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. A woman surveys her home destroyed by Typhoon Hagibis  this month in Nagano, Japan. More victims and damage have been found in the typhoon-hit areas of central and northern Japan, where rescue crews are searching for people still missing.
    Typhoon Habigis caused devastation to much of Japan. Nagano got some of the worst of it.
  2. File photo of the Church of Scientology's Flag building in downtown Clearwater (left) and Mark Bunker, a candidate for Clearwater City Council (right).
    One side accused the other of acting like a Nazi.
  3. The 40-year-old Fire Station on Franklin, which could be the future site of an affordable housing development -- if the city's developer can win some major tax credits.
    But the proposed complex on land controlled by the city will need to win $17 million in tax credits to become a reality.
  4. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and developments.
    It’s unclear when the Mazda driver started driving the wrong way on the interstate, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
  5. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
    It’s unclear whether alcohol was involved, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
  6. A surveillance photo of an alleged gunman in Tampa shared by the Tampa Police Department on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The shooter allegedly seriously injured an 18-year-old outside the Fat Boy grocery on the 1300 block of E Osborne Avenue, police say.
    The shooter was with a young boy, police said.
  7. The City Council has called for consultants to design an outdoor concert pavilion with a fixed covering over 4,000 seats in the middle of its proposed overhaul of the downtown waterfront. That decision is causing some friction in the city as officials prepare to present preliminary design drawings to the public.
    Some in the city are divided over Clearwater’s $64.5 million plan.
  8. Tarpon Springs' Rose Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    Nonprofits ask for help for one of Tampa Bay’s most historic cemeteries.
  9. A car on the south side of Cleveland Street at Osceola Avenue on Tuesday in downtown Clearwater. That block of Cleveland Street, which ends at Fort Harrison Avenue, provides 16 short term metered parking spaces, at left and right.
    The change to the new system will be gradual.
  10. Marine biologists and veterinarians from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, alongside Coast Guard officers and volunteer beachgoers carry one of five pilot whales from the water July 30. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
    Three of the whales were doing well when scientists lost contact with them. The other two?