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.

Tampa police: Young woman killed in shooting Sunday during ‘large gathering’

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The shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the 3700 block of North 15th Street. Police are not identifying the victim.

Employees find young woman’s body as they open pool at Glazer Jewish community center

Police said employees found a body Sunday morning in the 25-yard competition pool, background, at the Glazer JCC’s Mezrah Family Aquatic Center. [JAMES BORCHUK   |   Times (2016)]
The victim appeared to have drowned, but the cause of death remains under investigation, Tampa police said. Police had not identified her.

A Pasco biker was killed in a hit and run. Authorities are looking for the driver.

Crash debris from a fatal hit and run crash in Pasco County on Feb. 16, 2019. Authorities identified the vehicle involved in the crash as a 2004 Saturn Ion Coupe. Credit: Sgt. Steve Gaskins, Florida Highway Patrol.
Florida Highway Patrol is asking anyone with any information about the accident to call 813-558-1800 or Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS.

‘Never aim at aircraft,’ reads laser pointer. But Clearwater man tells deputies he didn’t know.

Brian Harting, 48, of Clearwater, faces a felony charge of misuse of a laser lighting device after he pointed a red laser at a Pinellas County sheriff’s helicopter, deputies said. [Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]
Brian Harting, 48, aimed at a sheriff’s helicopter, deputies said, and faces a felony charge of misuse of a laser-lighting device.

FHP: Pasco pedestrian dies after being struck by three cars on State Road 52

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The man was struck after he “entered the path of the approaching vehicles,” according to the Florida Highway Patrol.