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Kirby Wilson - Tallahassee Correspondent

Tallahassee Correspondent

Aside from four years at Duke University, where I double-majored in English and basketball yelling, I’ve lived all my life in Florida. As a reporter, I’m interested in how the decisions of people in power affect everyday Floridians, and in building community around storytelling. I joined the Times in September 2017, and I spent my first year on the politics team covering the 2018 governor’s race. When I’m not in the office, I like to travel, sing show tunes and dream about playing for the Boston Red Sox.

  1. Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, called the director of Florida's medical marijuana program to testify at a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.
  2. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, left, was named Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis as Florida's next surgeon general.
  3. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a Harvard-educated researcher, was chosen by Gov. Ron DeSantis to become Florida's next surgeon general on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.
  4. Tampa General President and CEO John Couris speaks while Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during an August news conference at Tampa General Hospital and USF Health Morsani College of Medicine's Global Emerging Diseases Institute.
  5. Senate President Wilton Simpson, next to a text exchange with a Tampa Bay Times reporter from Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.
  6. Wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at a Navarro Discount Pharmacy in Hialeah, Fla. DeSantis announced that seniors will soon be able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at Navarro Discount Pharmacies and CVS y mas pharmacies in Miami-Dade County. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  7. A Trulieve dispensary in Punta Gorda, Florida. The husband of the company's CEO was convicted on five federal charges earlier this year. Does that cloud the company's apparently bright future?
  8. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.
  9. Dr. Mark McDonald, a California psychiatrist, speaks on a panel of medical professionals summoned by Gov. Ron DeSantis on July 26, 2021.
  10. Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees acknowledged the importance of contact tracing but offered little detail on the state’s long-term plan on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
  11. A nurse fils a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Kalamazoo Expo Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
  12. Madison DeSantis, left, stands by her father, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, as he speaks during a news conference at Pasco County’s Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Thursday in Hudson.
  13. Aug. 19• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, on Monday, August 16, 2021. DeSantis discussed the use of a monoclonal antibody treatment that is being offered at a rapid response clinic located at the vaccination site at the stadium.
  14. In this Nov. 23, 2019, photo, runners compete in the men's NCAA Division I Cross-Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Florida is slated to host this year's championships in November.
  15. Governor Ron DeSantis delivers remarks during a roundtable discussion with theme park leaders about safety protocols and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Executives from Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando participated.
  16. A screen grab from Eddie Geller's 2022 Congressional District 15 launch video. The Democrat, who was born in Clearwater, is promising to serve, if elected, as a "A Congressman who cares."
  17. White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  18. Kristin Tetsworth, a Florida State graduate, places flowers on the Bobby Bowden statue at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.
  19. Fourth graders Austin Corcoran, 9, left, and Tyler Williams, 10, work together on a math lesson on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Innovations Preparatory Academy in Wesley Chapel.
  20. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis arrives at a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami. DeSantis is doubling down as the state again broke its record for COVID-19 hospitalizations. The Republican governor insisted Tuesday that the spike will be short-lived. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  21. Ron DeSantis on July 13, 2021, in Miami.
  22. Jul. 29• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the American Legislative Exchange Council Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
  23. A screen grab of a tweet written by Ron DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw.