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Emily L. Mahoney - Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau reporter

Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau reporter

I cover Florida’s capital and the politics surrounding it, which means there’s never a slow day. From the Legislative session to state elections, life is fast-paced in the nation’s largest swing state – and I prefer it that way. I hail from Arizona, a state that raised me to love tacos al pastor and the sound of hiking boots hitting the dirt. Now, I’m based in Tallahassee, where the Tampa Bay Times shares a bureau with the Miami Herald, and I’m proud to work for two of the state’s strongest newspapers. When it comes to policy, I focus on education and criminal justice – two areas where government unequivocally shapes peoples’ lives. Want to discuss a story idea? Drop me a line.

  1. From left, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro are introduced Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    It’s the the third time the Democratic presidential candidates met to debate, and the first time that all three front runners, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, shared the same stage.
  2. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, right.
    The governor says corporate and municipal polluters should pay more for their environmental crimes.
  3. A cop car and police tape help form a perimeter outside of a mass stabbing at Dyke Industries in Tallahassee on Wednesday morning.
    A suspect is in custody, according to police.
  4. Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack listens during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission in 2018. [AP Photo | Brynn Anderson]
    The book includes teachers’ notes and even a letter from Nikolas Cruz’s therapist and school psychiatrist that warn of his propensity toward violence. Cruz has confessed to the Parkland shooting,...
  5. Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Madisyn Menthaca, 15, places roses on the memorials on a hillside with her mother, Kelly Savino, where 17 students and teachers were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the second-deadliest shooting at a U.S. public school. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post
    The Department of Education said it won’t be used to “label students as potential threats."
  6. In this Feb. 19 file photo, children line up to enter a tent at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead. [AP Photo | Wilfredo Lee]
    A letter was sent to Florida lawmakers on Monday.
  7. People attending in 2018 NOPE (Narcotic Overdose Prevention Education) of Pinellas' 10th Candlelight Vigil hold candles while Gibbs High School's choir Vox Nova sings. The vigil is to remember those thousands within the Tampa Bay Community that have been lost to opioid abuse. Fatality Numbers continue to rise, with more lives being lost to overdose than car accidents and homicides combined according to a release from the Pinellas Sheriff's Office. About 850 people attended the vigil listening to 12 speakers, five of whom lost family members to opioids. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
    New data shows extent of Florida’s opioid epidemic from 2006 to 2012 and the role that major grocery stores and chain pharmacies played in fueling the crisis.
  8. Suzanne Devine Clark places stones at a memorial outside the school during one year anniversary of the shooting death of 17 at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl. on Thursday, February 14, 2019.
    The grand jury issued its first interim report after meeting for a month in Broward County.
  9. Students raise their hands to answer questions in Mellissa Manzi’s third grade class at Fairmount Park Elementary school in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times ]
    The plaintiff, a former Orlando elementary school teacher, wants to recoup what he says he and 100,000 other educators are owed by law.
  10. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press briefing on the last day of the Florida trade trip to Israel. [JEFFREY SCHWEERS | USA Today Network - Florida]
    Private companies and donors covered about $316,000 in expenses on the trip for the governor and others.