Kirby Wilson, General Assignment Reporter

Kirby Wilson

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.

FHP: Woman, 79, dead after Hillsborough car crash

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Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.

Her car was crushed by a falling tree. She's getting $180,000 from the city of Clearwater.

The intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Tuskawilla Drive, near where a tree fell on the passing car of Milagros Medina. Medina sued the city of Clearwater over the accident, and the city has agreed to settle with her for $180,000. [Kirby Wilson | Times ]
The woman claimed the city hadn't done a good enough job maintaining the tree that fell on her.

As President Trump retweets Epstein conspiracy theory, Marco Rubio warns against them

Sen. Marco Rubio warned against conspiracy theories regarding the death of Jeffrey Epstein. [Associated Press]
Conspiracy theories are flying on both sides of the political aisle. Florida’s senior senator has a problem with that. The president doesn’t.

Good Samaritans spring into action to save woman in Gandy 'near drowning'

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A release from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office describes the dramatic scene.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman tours local governments to drum up support for ferry

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is trying to drum up financial support for two more years of the Cross Bay Ferry. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
He started with the Pinellas County Commission, trying to get financial support for the Cross-Bay Ferry.