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Mary Ellen Klas - Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Mary Ellen Klas is capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and co-bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a graduate of the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. Before she became bureau chief for the Herald in 2004, Mary Ellen was Tallahassee bureau chief for Florida Trend magazine and bureau chief for the Palm Beach Post. She is married to John Kennedy. They have two daughters.

  1. This Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 photo provided by UNICEF shows damage caused by Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island of the Bahamas. (UNICEF/PA via AP)
    “This is a relationship with a foreign country. The federal government is doing it,’’ DeSantis said Monday. That approach is a sharp contrast to how his two predecessors responded to natural disasters...
  2. Satellite imagery of Hurricane Dorian as it rides parallel to Florida's east coast.
    The state confirmed that David Bradley, a 68-year-old Indialantic man, died Sunday while putting plywood on the windows of a beachside condominium.
  3. Governor Ron DeSantis holds a press conference on Hurricane Dorian at the State Emergency Operations Center on Monday. [News Service of Florida]
    “I was dazzled,’’ said Marty Senterfitt, emergency management director for Monroe County, who spent the weekend working out of the state’s command center.
  4. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
    At a news conference Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis acknowledged that some gas stations have “run out of fuel” and said it’s not a shortage issue, but a timing problem.
  5. John Loudon speaks in Miami on July 17, 2019, to deliver the final signatures for Florida Citizen Voters, which announced it has collected 1.5 million signatures. With him is Gabriel Alfonzo, a naturalized citizen from Venezuela, and Jose Montas, a naturalized citizen from Dominican Republic. [JOHN LOUDON | Florida Citizen Voters]
    Two months after a crack down on constitutional amendments took effect, Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee has agreed to host a workshop Friday to work out the problems that have become a budget...
  6. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
    The voluntary program was developed in 2012 by the non-profit Pew Charitable Trusts and uses voters registration rolls of its member states to compare voting lists. It will allow Florida to identify...
  7. [Times (2016)]
    Keep Our Constitution Clean has formed a political committee and a nonprofit “dark money” group to hire petition gatherers to pursue signatures for an amendment that would limit future efforts to...
  8. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., gestures as he speaks to members of the media on April 15 at El Porton de la Flaca Colombian restaurant in Doral. Scott reported he is worth at least $166 million in annual financial disclosures released Tuesday. [AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee]
    But the Republican is still worth at least $166 million and is one of the wealthiest members of Congress.
  9. Florida Senators Bill Galvano, Tom Lee, and Rob Bradley talk on the floor of the Senate. [SCOTT KEELER | Florida Senate]
    “This is the issue of our time,’’ said Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa.
  10. John Loudon speaks at an event in Miami last week to deliver the final signatures for Florida Citizen Voters, which announced it has collected 1.5 million signatures. With him is Gabriel Alfonzo, a naturalized citizen from Venezuela and Jose Montas, a naturalized citizen from Dominican Republic. [Photo courtesy of John Loudon]
    Florida Citizen Voters has raised and spent $2.4 million to a measure on the 2020 ballot that would, if approved, require just citizens to vote in Florida, something that is already required.