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. A COVID-19 testing site worker returns to a tent at a Hillsborough County drive-through testing site on Hillsborough Community College’s Brandon campus in January 2022.
  2. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 5223 Orient Road, in Tampa.
  3. A severed telephone cable forced the New Port Richey bureau to set up shop in a nearby motel for several hours. Lucy Morgan (on phone) and Nancy Godfrey kept the makeshift newsroom operating while other staffers worked in the phoneless bureau.
  4. Sept. 21, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's fall banquet, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa.
  5. Sept. 20, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    This was the office of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Tallahassee on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
  6. Sept. 18, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Rep. Daniel Perez, R-Miami, speaks at the Capitol in Tallahassee on  May 25, 2022. He didn’t spell out his agenda for his term as speaker during his designation ceremony speech, but told reporters afterward that the “only” issue he hears constituents ask about is “property insurance.”
  7. Two farm labor workers tend to crops on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023, in Homestead. Florida's SB 1718 is a new law imposing a series of immigration-related restrictions that could affect the migrant workers that certain farms and nurseries employ.
  8. Then-Sen.Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, talks about budget negotiations, on May 4, 2017, in Tallahassee.
  9. An aerial view of the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  10. Aug. 16, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    The Florida Gaming Control Commission has lost its chairperson after he was in the role for less than four months. The commission oversees gambling in Florida.
  11. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis waves as he arrives to sign the state budget on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at The Villages.
  12. At left, J. Alex Kelly, then-deputy chief of staff for Gov. DeSantis, answers questions about the new district lines his office developed during a Committee on Reapportionment meeting, Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  13. Ousted board members of the ACLU of Florida filed suit Aug. 11, 2023, seeking to be reinstated to their positions.
  14. Tampa restaurateur Richard Gonzmart, a Republican, says he's a Ron DeSantis fan but doesn't like the immigration law the governor pushed through this year. He and other business leaders say it's causing an acute labor shortage that may get worse in the coming months.
  15. Lobbyists start to fill the fourth floor gallery between the Florida House and Senate as the session starts to consider the budget on March 10, 2020, in Tallahassee.
  16. The majority of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspensions were for what the governor called neglect of duty, incompetence or misuse of authority, but not all of them were accused of a crime.
  17. Authorities take pictures of former state Sen. Frank Artiles' car as they raid his home in Palmetto Bay on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
  18. Frank Artiles leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on March 18, 2021. Artiles faces campaign finance violations in a covert scheme to unseat Miami-Dade Democratic Sen. José Javier Rodriguez.
  19. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 5223 Orient Rd, in Tampa.
  20. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a town hall event in Hollis, N.H., Tuesday, June 27, 2023.
  21. A farmworker from Guatemala works at a plant nursery in the Homestead area.
  22. A migrant considered a threat to public safety and national security waits to be processed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at the ICE Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, after an early morning raid, June 6, 2022. The Supreme Court said Friday that it will no longer stand in the way of a long-blocked Biden administration policy to prioritize the deportation of immigrants who are deemed to pose the greatest public safety risk or were picked up at the border.
  23. June 22, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at an annual Basque Fry at the Corley Ranch in Gardnerville, Nev., Saturday, June 17, 2023.