Kirby Wilson - General assignment reporter

General assignment reporter

As a general assignment reporter, I’ve been assigned, generally, to learn more about the community that raised me. 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. An opened capsule containing Kratom. The Clearwater City Council was confronted by dozens of concerned citizens at a recent meeting who urged them not to ban the herbal supplement.
    “I think there was a misunderstanding."
  2. Otis Anthony started the Black History Research Project of Tampa in 1978.
    On Friday, Mr. Anthony died. He was 68.
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    Charges in the accident are pending.
  4. A special garbage truck services an Underground Refuse System bin in Kissimmee. Clearwater recently bought six bins and a truck to service them, and will install the receptacles at the city's world-famous beach.
    “You don’t get to be the number one beach in America without taking care of business like this.”
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Visitors head to Florida's Old Capitol building on the first day of the annual sixty day session, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addressed a joint session of the Florida Legislature Tuesday in Tallahassee.
    It’s no wonder why Clearwater would prioritize the issue.
  6. Clearwater mayoral candidate "Elizabeth 'Sea Turtle' Drayer," poses at her home in Clearwater in her turtle costume.
    Elizabeth Drayer is running on behalf of the loggerhead sea turtle. But her early lead comes with a big caveat.
  7. This 2016 photo was taken after three teens stole a Toyota Camry from a driver who was grabbing coffee at 7 a.m. and crashed it into a parked car about a block away. St. Petersburg police arrested three teens ages 15, 15, and 16.
    Once an epidemic, Pinellas County has seen a drop in juvenile auto theft arrests. But a study says the phenomenon isn’t disappearing. It’s evolving.
  8. Robert Joseph Phillips, who was arrested Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 after allegedly punching a Clearwater Police officer "multiple times."
    An officer went to the hospital after the altercation, police said.
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    The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office did not name the victim.
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    Both were seriously hurt in the crash.