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Kirby Wilson - Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

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. Apr. 16• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    The Capitol in Tallahassee is seen following Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on March 3.
  2. Times file photo of the transgender pride flag.
  3. Stephanie Marty demonstrates against a proposed ban on transgender girls and women from female sports leagues outside the South Dakota governor's mansion in Pierre, S.D. on Thursday March 11, 2021.
  4. Florida Deputy Secretary for Health Dr. Shamarial Roberson, right, speaks to the media as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference Monday, March 2, 2020, in Tampa.
  5. Apr. 9• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  6. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor
  7. Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby.
  8. Estudiantes llegando a la Secundaria Newsome en Lithia .
  9. Students begin to arrive at Newsome High in Lithia on Thursday, October 22, 2020.
  10. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends a press conference on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Palm Harbor University High School.
  11. Mar. 31• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Much about the potential economic backlash from Florida bills targeting transgender student athletes remains unclear. Times file photo.
  12. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor, applauds following the State of the State address while Gov. Ron DeSantis shakes hands with Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, at the Capitol in Tallahassee during Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  13. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor, looks at his notes during the house session on Opening Day of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  14. Jillian Biltz, of Seminole, places a Sig Sauer MCX556 rifle on a display wall on Friday, June 19, 2020, at the Mad Dog Armory guns and ammo store in Largo. Gun sales in Florida are surging once again, this time due to protests against police brutality continuing in Florida and around the country. Local gun stores are swamped with customers.
  15. 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.
  16. Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his State of the State address in the House chamber at the Capitol in Tallahassee during Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  17. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives his State of the State speech in the House of Representatives chamber on the first day of the 2021 Legislative Session in Tallahassee, Fla. Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
  18. Racks of newspaper loaded onto a semi truck heading towards Pasco county at the Tampa Bay Times printing plant during its final press run on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in St. Petersburg. 
  19. Sen. Jeff Brandes sponsored the bill that would make it harder for Floridians to sue businesses, governments and health care companies for COVID-19-related claims.
  20. 7th & Grove's to-go cocktails the Grove & Berry Spiked Lemonade, Peach Grove Palmer and Blue & Boozy Bubbly. [Courtesy of 7th & Grove]
  21. Jeanette Jennings, mother of transgender teen advocate Jazz Jennings, speaks at a press conference in the Florida Capitol on Monday, February 3, 2020, against a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to provide minors with hormone therapy or to perform sex reassignment surgery.
  22. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach.
  23. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor, applauds following the State of the State address while Gov. Ron DeSantis shakes hands with Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, at the Capitol in Tallahassee during Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.