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Mary Ellen Klas - Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

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 bureau chief for the Palm Beach Post. She is married to John Kennedy. They have two daughters.

  1. Florida Senator Rob Bradley, R- Fleming Island, watches the action on the first day of the session, 1/14/2020.
    A popular bill would allow judges to dole out punishments less than the mandatory minimum sentences spelled out in state law for many drug crimes if the defendant meets certain criteria.
  2. Dan Markel, a criminal law professor at Florida State University and leader in the world of online legal scholarship, was shot at his home in Tallahassee in 2014.
    Current law does not allow a deceased parent’s family access to courts to petition for supervised visitation or telephone calls.
  3. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis waves to members of the Florida Legislature during a joint session of lawmakers, Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in Tallahassee.
    In his 30-minute State of the State address, the second-year governor barely mentions climate change.
  4. Left to right are four of the eight students suing Florida for inaction on climate change: Isaac Augspurg, 14, of Alachua; Levi Draheim, 14, of Indian Rocks Beach; Delaney Reynolds, 20, of No Name Key; Valholly Frank, 17, of Weston.
    “Sadly, our state government has long disregarded the stakes with feel-good political appointments,’’ said Delaney Reynolds, a 20-year-old University of Miami student and the lead plaintiff in the...
  5. Blackwater River Correctional Facility. [Florida Department of Corrections]
    An audit spells out how short-term savings, realized between 2011 and 2014, are now costing taxpayers millions and leading to settlements from successful class-action lawsuits on behalf of inmates.
  6. Marie Oneal sets up voting booths ahead of Election Day at the First United Methodist Church in Seffner on Aug. 27. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
    Delays in implementing key changes are facing insurmountable hurdles before the Nov. 3 general election.
  7. Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee speaks at an October news conference in Tallahassee.
    Hackers don’t need to break into elections systems to cause chaos. They could just change the results on every county’s website.
  8. Members of the Florida Supreme Court listen to Gov. Ron DeSantis' speech during a joint session of the Florida Legislature in March. Left to Right are: Chief Justice Charles T. Canady, Ricky Polston, Jorge Labarga, Alan Lawson, Barbara Lagoa, and Robert J. Luck. There are now five members of the court after Lagoa and Luck were appointed to the 11th District Court of Appeal by President Trump.
    There are 3.6 million unaffiliated voters who cannot vote in Florida’s closed primary system. Will that change in 2020?
  9. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried speaks during the general assembly at the Florida Democratic State Convention Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    There was no discussion about why the governor appointed a Coral Gables securities lawyer.
  10. Mark. S, Inch, Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, at the State Capitol, May, 1, 2019.
    “The status quo is not sustainable, said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch in a Times/Herald interview. "We are now at the point that we must pay for the savings garnered in...