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.

Ron DeSantis says feds, not Florida, have role to play in Bahamian crisis.

This Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 photo provided by UNICEF shows damage caused by Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island of the Bahamas. (UNICEF/PA via AP) AP
“This is a relationship with a foreign country. The federal government is doing it,’’ DeSantis said Monday. That approach is a sharp contrast to how his two predecessors responded to natural...

Hurricane Dorian’s Florida death toll: 3, and maybe more

Satellite imagery of Hurricane Dorian as it rides parallel to Florida's east coast. National Hurricane Center
The state confirmed that David Bradley, a 68-year-old Indialantic man, died Sunday while putting plywood on the windows of a beachside condominium.

The Dorian test: DeSantis impresses local officials with his preparation

Governor Ron DeSantis holds a press conference on Hurricane Dorian at the State Emergency Operations Center on Monday. [News Service of Florida] News Service of Florida
“I was dazzled,’’ said Marty Senterfitt, emergency management director for Monroe County, who spent the weekend working out of the state’s command center.

Florida has enough gas for Dorian, but patience is required

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At a news conference Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis acknowledged that some gas stations have “run out of fuel” and said it’s not a shortage issue, but a timing problem.

‘The damage is done’: Florida officials vow to fix problems with crackdown on petition gatherers

John Loudon speaks in Miami on July 17, 2019, 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. [JOHN LOUDON | Florida Citizen Voters] Florida Citizen Voters
Two months after a crack down on constitutional amendments took effect, Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee has agreed to host a workshop Friday to work out the problems that have become a budget...