Kirby Wilson, Times Staff

Kirby Wilson

Times Staff

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.

Clearwater police chief: Armed man wanted ‘suicide by cop.’ But officers didn’t fire.

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The man pointed a gun at police during a standoff and even fired a shot into the ground. He’s alive and in custody.

In trouble in Pinellas? Now residents can text 911 for help

Pinellas County residents now have an alternative if they can’t call 911 in an emergency situation. Commissioners on Tuesday announced 911 texting capability on Dec. 11, 2018. [Associated Press]
Pinellas has the fifth-largest population of hearing impaired citizens in the country. Now they can text 911 instead of calling it for help.

Trump, Perot, Scott: These are the 5 most expensive self-funded campaigns of all time
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Ron DeSantis says Donald Trump told him about his Attorney General pick ‘a couple days ago’

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis thanks the crowd at the Spartan Manor before ending his speech during a Thank You Tour across Florida on December 8, 2018 in New Port Richey. [Tailyr Irvine, Times Staff Photographer]
DeSantis made the comments at a stop on his 'Thank You' tour in New Port Richey.

George H.W. Bush’s legacy remembered by his Points of Light

Susan Brimmer (center) shakes hands with President George H. W. Bush (left) as her husband, Terry (right), looks on. The President congratulated the Brimmers for receiving his Daily Point of Light award during a 1992 visit to Tampa. [Courtesy Susan Brimmer]
The 41st President of the United States connected with Tampa Bay residents honored as one of his Daily Points of Light.