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.

Florida repeals ‘blind trust’ law that shielded Rick Scott’s investments

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in January. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
A loophole prevented efforts to make sure the governor was following the 2011 law.

Rick Scott and wife invested in parent company bidding on Tampa high-speed rail

Rick Scott and Anne Scott. [AP]
As one of his first acts in office in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott canceled a $2.4 billion federally funded and shovel-ready bullet train from Orlando to Tampa because it carried "an extremely...

Here’s another legal challenge for Florida’s constitutional amendments

Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Anstead, seen here in 2004. [Times]
Six of the eight amendments placed on the November ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission require voters to "pay a price for the right to vote for or against them,'' retired Florida..

FDLE closed Jack Latvala case without gathering new info

Former Sen. Jack Latvala
Documents released this week in the now-closed investigation into the sexual harassment and corruption claims against former state Sen. Jack Latvala show that state investigators did not...

State appeals judge’s ruling on greyhound ban, leaving ballot amendment in limbo

Greyhound racing in Florida could come to an end if voters approved Amendment 13 on the November ballot.
A proposed constitutional amendment intended to end dog racing in Florida was thrown off the November ballot by a Tallahassee judge Wednesday, and by Thursday Attorney General Pam...