Mary Ellen Klas

Mary Ellen Klas

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 also served as a senior writer for the Palm Beach Post. She was bureau chief for the Palm Beach Post from 1990-94, after which she worked part time for 10 years while her daughters were young. She is married to John Kennedy, senior writer for the Palm Beach Post's Tallahassee bureau. They have two daughters.

Mystery money boosts campaign to limit Florida ballot measures

[Times (2016)]
Keep Our Constitution Clean has formed a political committee and a nonprofit “dark money” group to hire petition gatherers to pursue signatures for an amendment that would limit future efforts to...

Rick Scott’s wealth dips after spending $65 million to win Florida Senate race

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., gestures as he speaks to members of the media on April 15 at El Porton de la Flaca Colombian restaurant in Doral. Scott reported he is worth at least $166 million in annual financial disclosures released Tuesday. [AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee]
But the Republican is still worth at least $166 million and is one of the wealthiest members of Congress.

What do Florida lawmakers plan to do about gun violence this time?

Florida Senators Bill Galvano, Tom Lee, and Rob Bradley talk on the floor of the Senate. [SCOTT KEELER | Florida Senate]
“This is the issue of our time,’’ said Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa.

Non-citizens can’t vote in Florida. So why is this group trying to ban it...again?

John Loudon speaks at an event in Miami last week to deliver the final signatures for Florida Citizen Voters, which announced it has collected 1.5 million signatures. With him is Gabriel Alfonzo, a naturalized citizen from Venezuela and Jose Montas, a naturalized citizen from Dominican Republic. [Photo courtesy of John Loudon]
Florida Citizen Voters has raised and spent $2.4 million to a measure on the 2020 ballot that would, if approved, require just citizens to vote in Florida, something that is already required.

Four Florida beaches post health warnings for water quality

Sign at the entrance to Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park in Hudson. It's better known as Hudson Beach Park. [CAROLYN EDDS   |   Times]
None are in Tampa Bay, however beaches in Hernando and Pasco tested for elevated levels of bacteria that could pose risks if the water quality continues to decline.