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 burner on a stove emits blue flames from natural gas. A Florida bill would create incentives for the development of renewable natural gas.
  2. Rep. Alex Andrade, R-Pensacola, said he intends to propose modifications to his bill that would make it easier to sue over defamation claims.
  3. Pastor Victor McCleskey, with the KJV (King James Version) Baptist Church of New Port Richey, argues against an ordinance that would provide a buffer for vehicles entering and exiting the parking lot at the Bread and Roses women's health clinic in Clearwater while attending a meeting of the Clearwater City Council on Thursday, March 2, 2023.
  4. State law allows governors to use state planes for political and personal travel for security reasons but, as Gov. Ron DeSantis conducts a national book tour in anticipation of a likely presidential campaign, questions are mounting about whether taxpayer funds have been used to finance his travel and other political operations.
  5. Mar. 22• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    The Florida resort has committed to hosting the conference this year and next, which will coincide with the presidential election campaign in 2024.
  6. A neighborhood near the planned South Dade Logistics and Technology District. Florida lawmakers are eyeing a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the Save Our Homes property tax cap to provide bigger savings to homeowners.
  7. Among other changes to public records laws, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill last year shielding information about candidates for state college and university presidencies.
  8. On an array of issues, Gov. Ron DeSantis has taken what was a vaguely defined instinct from former President Donald Trump and turned it into a policy agenda more far-reaching than anything Trump pursued in the White House.
  9. The Florida Capitol rotunda as seen on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, in Tallahassee.
  10. Gov. Ron DeSantis waves as he gives his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday.
  11. Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, speaks at a news conference in Largo as Florida awaits Hurricane Ian’s arrival on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022.
  12. The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to a crowd of hundreds from the steps of the Senate portico during the National Action Network demonstration in response to Gov. Ron DeSantis's rejection of a high school African American history course, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in Tallahassee.
  13. Rep. Anna V. Eskamani, D-Orlando, questions Rep. Fred Hawkins, R-St. Cloud about his House Bill 9B, which would change Disney's Reedy Creek Improvement District, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  14. Empty desks fill a classroom at Jane H. Bryan Elementary School in Hampton Tuesday September 8, 2020.
  15. Sen. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, speaks to a colleague on the Senate floor at the Capitol, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, in Tallahassee. Florida legislators are meeting in a special session.
  16. In this 2004 photo, then-Florida state Rep. Ed Jennings hugs Rosewood survivor Robie Allenetta Mortin after the unveiling of a historical marker for Rosewood, a Black community destroyed by racial violence in 1923.
  17. An immigrant family brought to Martha's Vineyard, Mass., by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration heads toward a bus that will help relocate them to a military base on nearby Cape Cod, Mass.
  18. The headquarters of Walt Disney World's Reedy Creek Improvement District in Lake Buena Vista, Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
  19. Attorney Ben Crump and others say they are prepared to sue Gov. Ron DeSantis over blocking an AP African American studies course.
  20. Jan. 25• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Eric Silagy, the outgoing president and CEO of Florida Power & Light, during an interview Thursday, June 9, 2022.
  21. President Joe Biden watches Vice President Kamala Harris speak during a reception to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month on May 17, 2022.
  22. Two charter flights from Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas, carried 48 Venezuelan migrants to Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
  23. In this March 5, 2021, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media as he visited the drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site at On Top of the World in Ocala, Fla.