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. Yesterday• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Gov. Ron DeSantis and Marcellus Osceola, Jr., chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, pose for a photo at a signing ceremony on Friday, April 23, 2021.
  2. In this March 2 file photo, Sen. Ray Wesley Rodrigues, R-Estero, listens during the Senate session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Rodrigues is leading the Florida Senate Redistricting Committee.
  3. Sep. 18• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    The Capitol in Tallahassee is seen following Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on March 3, 2021.
  4. Florida's Capitol complex in Tallahassee.
  5. Jennifer Showalter, of Wellington, protests against masks during a rally outside the Palm Beach County School District office on May 19, 2021.
  6. Students sit in an algebra class at Barbara Coleman Senior High School on the first day of school in Miami Lakes.
  7. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor, far left, and  Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill, far right, listen as Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his address during the joint session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  8. Tiffany Carr, former CEO of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, purchased this 6,665-square-foot home in the Blue Ridge Mountains in August 2018 for $1.9 million, the same year she reported $4.5 million in wages that included cashing in millions in paid time off.  This was her home near Cashiers, North Carolina, on March 1, 2020.
  9. Aug. 21• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Lobbyists track the action in the Florida Senate during the final week of the Florida Legislative session at the Capitol in Tallahassee in 2019. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  10. Beach goers are seen along Clearwater Beach Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Florida and its beaches have become a top destination during a pandemic spring break.
  11. Senate President Wilton Simpson, left, and Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls smile as they speak with members of the media after the end of a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  12. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on April 22 at 5223 Orient Road in Tampa.
  13. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami. DeSantis is doubling down as the state again broke its record for COVID-19 hospitalizations. The Republican governor insisted Tuesday that the spike will be short-lived. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  14. Frank Artiles leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on March 18, 2021.
  15. Ron DeSantis issued an order Friday, April 2, 2021 prohibiting Florida businesses from requiring customers show proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
  16. An Arcadia man watches from the porch as a Florida Power & Light Co. crew works to repair a power line in the wake of Hurricane Irma on Monday. 
[Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images]
  17. FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, file photo, Tiffany Carr, then executive director of Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, left, speaks at a news conference held by Gov. Jeb Bush, background right. The coalition shut down after officials learned that Carr received $7.5 million in compensation during her final three years leading the agency that was, by law, the only entity that could funnel state money to domestic abuse shelters around Florida. (AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)
  18. Jul. 16• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    The Las Vegas Sands casino sits behind the Fisherman’s Wharf in Macau, which had $45 billion in casino earnings in 2013. Macau earned $38 billion with 35 casinos in 2012, passing the United States, where 12,000 casinos took in $37.3 billion in ’12.
  19. The Seminole Tribe of Florida owns the Guitar Hotel near Hollywood.
  20. From left, Maria Fernanda Martinez and Mariana Cordeiro comfort each other while they look at the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside, Florida, on June 25, 2021.
  21. A worker makes her way past the rubble and debris of the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside, Fla. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.  (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald via AP)
  22. Jul. 5• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Guests play slot machines at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel& Casino in Hollywood, FL..
  23. Part of the 12-story oceanfront Champlain Towers South Condo, with more than 100 units at 8777 Collins Ave., in Surfside, collapsed around 2 a.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said 55 units were in the collapsed portion of the building.