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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. A Venezuelan migrant is led onto a bus at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, in Edgartown, Mass on the island of Marthas Vineyard. Florida flew a group of 48 migrants to the island from Texas.
  2. Guests crowd Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.
  3. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the Don't Tread on Florida Stop at Everglades Equipment Group in Boynton Beach on Nov. 7.
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, is now being promoted by a growing group of establishment factions within the Republican Party as the replacement candidate for former President Donald Trump. Here, Trump arrives at Tyndall Air Force Base to view damage from Hurricane Michael in 2019.
  5. The San Antonio Migrant Resource Center is the origin place of two planeloads of mostly Venezuelan migrants who were sent via Florida to Martha's Vineyard by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration.
  6. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd of supporters during his election night party at the Tampa Convention Center on Nov. 8.
  7. Incoming House Speaker Paul Renner (left) and incoming Senate President Kathleen Passidomo.
  8. Nov. 11• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    FILE - Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, who was chosen to be the next president of the state Senate during the 2023 and 2024 terms, smiles as she stands on the dais during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022 in Tallahassee, Fla. The results in the legislative races were part of a remarkable midterms performance for DeSantis and other Republicans, with statewide candidates flipping many longtime Democratic counties from blue to red, including the state's largest, Miami-Dade. "Tonight is a monumental win in the fight to keep Florida Free!" incoming Senate President Kathleen Passidomo said in a statement. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
  9. Ron DeSantis waves to a crowd of supporters during his election night party at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Tampa, Florida.
  10. A girl waves to news cameras during the Ron DeSantis election night party at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Tampa.
  11. Former President Donald Trump points toward the crowd at the conclusion of an election rally in Latrobe, Pa. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
  12. A Venezuelan migrant waves to a crowd before leaving St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Sept. 16 in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. A group of 48 migrants was flown to the island from Texas.
  13. In this Oct. 26, 2020 file photo, an election worker sorts vote-by-mail ballots at the Miami-Dade County Board of Elections, in Doral.
  14. At Monday’s debate at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce, when opponent Charlie Crist tried to pin down whether Gov. Ron DeSantis would run for president and not serve a full four-year term as governor, DeSantis said: “The only worn-out, old donkey I’m looking to put out to pasture is Charlie Crist.”
  15. Florida's Republican incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis and Charlie Crist, a former governor, take the stage at Sunrise Theatre for their only scheduled debate, Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, in Fort Pierce.
  16. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, and former Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist are meeting tonight for their only debate.
  17. Oct. 15• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    A Venezuelan migrant waves to a crowd before leaving St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, in Edgartown, Massachusetts, on the island of Marthas Vineyard.
  18. Michael Schulman and Linda Beigel Schulman hold each other as they hear that their son's killer will not receive the death penalty. The Schulman's son, Scott Beigel, was killed in the 2018 shootings.
  19. A Venezuelan migrant is led onto a bus at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, in Edgartown, Mass on the island of Marthas Vineyard.
  20. Gov. Ron DeSantis took questions from reporters about flights of migrants from Florida to Martha's Vineyard at a news conference in Bradenton.
  21. Florida Power and Light CEO Eric Silagy visits workers restoring power in Naples on Monday. Silagy says that he expects crews to be finished restoring power to habitable homes impacted by Hurricane Ian by the end of the week.
  22. In this aerial photo, damaged boats and debris rest against the shore in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday in Fort Myers.
  23. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, shown in this photo from May, toured areas of Lee County on Friday that had been obliterated by Hurricane Ian.
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