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. AP file photo of then Gov. and now U.S. Sen. Rick Scott
    DeSantis, Rick Scott and other Republicans have taken a strong stance on Saudi Arabia in recent days. President Donald Trump?
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    The intersection near the accident is a difficult one to safely navigate.
  3. File handout images of Clearwater Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Dunbar, left, and City Manager Bill Horne, right.
    “I look back favorably on the many positive strides”
  4. Clearwater Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Dunbar, left, and City Manager Bill Horne, right.
    The move came after three investigations into the department in a little more than a year.
  5. The two candidates in the 2020 race for mayor of Safety Harbor. Left, Joe Ayoub, the incumbent. Right, Tanja Vidovic, a community activist and Tampa firefighter who's challenging Ayoub.
    How best to develop a 21st century Safety Harbor?
  6. The scene Sunday afternoon after Plant City police shot a man suspected of trying to run down an officer. The man, who died at the scene, was not immediately named by police. A police spokesman said the man drove the gray Honda pictured toward a Plant City officer.
    Steven Kerr Jr., 25, died during the encounter. His grandmother questioned the use of force.
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    Anyone with information about the crash is being asked to call 813-558-1800.
  8. A file photo of the old Clearwater City Council. The next council will not meet there, they will decide how to proceed with the city-owned land that will play a prominent role in the $64 million redevelopment of the downtown waterfront.
    Here’s who’s running and how much money they’ve each raised.
  9. A rendering of what Clearwater's downtown waterfront will look like once Imagine Clearwater's plans come to fruition. The mock-up is oriented so the top is the western waterfront and the bottom is the the eastern waterfront. In the southwest, a lake is planned underneath the Memorial Causeway. A shaded bluff walk will run along the waterfront's eastern edge, and in the middle of the complex, Clearwater plans to erect a 4,000-seat covered concert venue. In the north, what is now Coachman Park will be re-imagined as a new garden.
    Give your city feedback on the $64 million plan at these public events.
  10. Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige (inset) met for two hours on Nov. 6 with Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne, Assistant City Manager Michael Delk and City Attorney Pam Akin inside this church office building at 118 N Fort Harrison Ave. It was the first face-to-face interaction between Miscavige and city leaders in three years.
    None of them asked Miscavige about his plans for nearly 100 downtown properties recently bought through companies tied to the church.