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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. The partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building is pictured June 28, 2021, in Surfside.
  2. Sugar cane grows in a large field owned by the US Sugar Corp. as a rainstorm rolls in over Clewiston in August 2014.
  3. A congressional map approved by Gov. Ron DeSantis and drawn by his staff is unconstitutional because it diminishes Black voters' ability to choose their representative, a judge says.
  4. The bill that was vetoed by Gov. Ron DeSantis would have scaled back how much utility companies must pay to buy excess power from rooftop solar users. Here, a Florida Power & Light solar array is floated into the Blue Lagoon adjacent to Miami International Airport in 2020.
  5. The sign outside the Reedy Creek Improvement District administrative office building is seen at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, the day after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill dissolving the theme park's special purpose district.
  6. Solar panels are seen on a Gulfport home. Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill passed by Florida lawmakers this year that would have phased out rooftop solar incentives.
  7. The sign outside the Reedy Creek Improvement District administrative office building is seen at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, the day after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill dissolving the theme park's special purpose district.
  8. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando (blue suit, in back) yells his objection as Republicans in the House of Representatives applaud after Senate Bill 4C Independent Special Districts, which affects Disney, passes Thursday, April 21, 2022 at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  9. Rep. Tray McCurdy, D-Orlando, and Rep. Angie Nixon, D-Jacksonville, sit on the Florida Seal in protest as debate stops on Senate Bill 2-C: Establishing the Congressional Districts of the State in the House of Representatives Thursday, April 21, 2022, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  10. Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, reviews proposed district maps during a Committee on Reapportionment meeting at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Florida Senate approved a new congressional map submitted by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' office that will likely swing Florida's representation in Washington even further to the GOP.
  11. People view the atrium between House and Senate chambers while taking a guided tour of the Florida state Capitol building during a legislative session, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  12. The Walt Disney Co. logo appears on a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 7, 2017. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday asked the Legislature to repeal a law allowing Walt Disney World to operate a private government over its properties in the state, the latest salvo in a feud between the Republican and the media giant.
  13. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, addresses the audience along with Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls during a news conference at St. Petersburg Collegiate High School on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, in St. Petersburg.
  14. Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, with House Speaker Chris Sprowls, center, and Senate President Wilton Simpson.
  15. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, seen Tuesday at a bill-signing ceremony in Miami, says his proposed congressional redistricting map will “have North Florida drawn in a race-neutral manner.”
  16. Federal judge Allen Winsor rejected calls from plaintiffs to recuse himself in a case over Florida's congressional redistricting maps.
  17. The plaintiffs in Florida's congressional redistricting case have asked Judge Allen Winsor to recuse himself from the panel handling the review.
  18. Gov. Ron DeSantis prepares to sign the Parental Rights in Education bill during a news conference on Monday, March 28, 2022, at Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill.
  19. Students Steele Williams, 14, left, and Derek Barnes, 9, (both) of Sarasota, watch as Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks moments before signing the Parental Rights in Education bill during a news conference on Monday, March 28, 2022, at Classical Preparatory School.
  20. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Governor’s Luncheon on opening day of the Florida State Fair at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.
  21. Florida senators on the floor and visitors in the gallery bow their heads for a morning prayer before the start of a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  22. The partial collapse of Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside, Fla., in 2021 led to calls for inspection changes.
  23. Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson, right, talks with Sens. Kelli Stargel, left, and Kathleen Passidomo, center, during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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