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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. Joey Cousin, a transgender student from Broward County and an opponent of SB 404, known as the "parental consent" bill, speaks at a press conference at the Capitol in 2020 in Tallahassee. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2020.
  2. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  3. In November, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed bills that limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates on state government and private employees as well as school districts.
  4. Like hospitals across the state, BayCare Health System, which operates a number of hospitals on the Suncoast, is dealing with a number of COVID-19 related staff absences. Tribune file photo.
  5. Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried talk about COVID-19 test kits at the Florida Capitol on Tuesday.
  6. Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, presents her parental consent abortion bill during a Senate judiciary committee hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Tallahassee.
  7. The Capitol building in Tallahassee, where the legislative session begins Jan. 11.
  8. Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a news conference Thursday that prioritizing tests for people most likely to suffer severe outcomes from COVID-19 is the best way to allocate resources during a spike in cases.
  9. Jan. 5• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Protesters loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. A new poll shows that a year after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, only about 4 in 10 Republicans recall the attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump as very violent or extremely violent.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
  10. Ben Frazier, the president of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, confronts a DeSantis aide ahead of the governor's news conference in Jacksonville on Jan. 4, 2022.
  11. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a monoclonal antibody treatment center at the Barnstorm Theater in The Villages on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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  14. Dec. 20, 2021• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    The abortion debate is coming to Florida.
  15. The new State Surgeon General and Florida Department of Health Secretary Joe Ladapo, right, speaks at a news conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, in Kissimmee  on Sept. 22.
  16. Tampa General Hospital operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Federal law prohibits it from giving money to political candidates. However, its coffee shop is a for-profit business, so it can make political donations.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed a $99.7 billion state budget on Thursday.
  18. Dec. 3, 2021• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  19. CBD oil in a bottle with dropper May 7, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  20. On Thursday, state Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo signed an emergency rule outlining a number of exemptions an employee can claim to avoid a workplace vaccine mandate.
  21. From left, State Attorney General Ashley Moody, House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson stand behind Gov. Ron DeSantis at a news conference last week. DeSantis said Monday he is asking the Legislature to temporarily lower the state gas tax.
  22. Gov. Ron DeSantis prepares to speak before signing bills to limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates on private, state government employees and school districts at Brandon Honda in in Brandon on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.
  23. Florida State Representatives participate in a special legislative session considering bills targeting COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida lawmakers on Monday began debating a package of bills to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates, continuing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' fight against virus rules.