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. Scott Israel, former Broward County Sheriff speaks during a news conference on Sept. 25, in Davie. A Florida Senate official is recommending that the sheriff, suspended over his handling of shootings at a Parkland high school and the Fort Lauderdale airport, should be reinstated.
    Naples lawyer Dudley Goodlette was threatened shortly after he made his recommendation last month.
  2. Rain from Tropical Storm Hermine and high tides flooded streets around Tampa last September. A new analysis projects that sea level in Tampa Bay could rise 5 to 19 inches by 2040. That is prompting local officials to look at plans to anticipate and cope with the changes. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times (2016)
    “We lost a decade,’’ said Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa.
  3. Sigfredo Garcia talks with Katherine Magbanua as they wait for Judge James C. Hankinson to enter the courtroom Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 in Tallahassee, Fla. Magbanua and Garcia are charged in the 2014 murder of Florida State law professor Dan Markel. (Alicia Devine/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
    Sigfredo Garcia will be sentenced on Monday. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
  4. Sigfredo Garcia rubs his eyes as he prepares to hear the closing arguments on Thursday in his trial on charges he killed Florida State University law professor Daniel Markel in 2014. The case went to the jury later in the day, and they will resume deliberations Friday.
    Florida State University law professor Daniel Markel was killed in 2014. Prosecutors blame his ex-wife, but only the hitman and his girlfriend stand trial.
  5. An unidentified voter makes her way into a polling place located at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Tampa. Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri in addition to Florida are all holding primaries on Tuesday. CHRIS URSO/STAFF
    The Florida Department of State continues to use the wording it used before the amendment was passed — in violation of the law, advocacy groups say.
  6. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks before a CNN town hall broadcast on Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
    A special master appointed to consider Israel’s challenge wrote a report to the Florida Senate.
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.