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.

Elected Scientologist, Clearwater council candidate trade explosive barbs

File photo of the Church of Scientology's Flag building in downtown Clearwater (left) and Mark Bunker, a candidate for Clearwater City Council (right). [Times files] Mark Bunker
One side accused the other of acting like a Nazi.

Clearwater said no to Church of Scientology, yes to affordable housing

The 40-year-old Fire Station on Franklin, which could be the future site of an affordable housing development -- if the city's developer can win some major tax credits. Clearwater Fire & Rescue
But the proposed complex on land controlled by the city will need to win $17 million in tax credits to become a reality.

A man was shot outside a Tampa grocery store. Police are looking for the suspect.

A surveillance photo of an alleged gunman in Tampa shared by the Tampa Police Department on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The shooter allegedly seriously injured an 18-year-old outside the Fat Boy grocery on the 1300 block of E Osborne Avenue, police say. Tampa Police Department
The shooter was with a young boy, police said.

Holiday man dies after crashing Jeep into a power pole

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Itís unclear whether alcohol was involved, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Fatal wrong way crash on I-275 between Mazda and Maserati, FHP says

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Itís unclear when the Mazda driver started driving the wrong way on the interstate, the Florida Highway Patrol said.