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.

'It felt like a small hurricane': flash floods hit downtown Gulfport Saturday

A picture of Shore Blvd. in Gulfport on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Patrons of the normally bustling Neptune Grill struggled to leave the restaurant because street water was up to their ankles, said server Mattie Chrisman. [Photo courtesy of Lucky Douglas, Neptune Grill]
"This was freak," said Lucky Douglas, a manager and bartender at the popular Neptune Grill. "This one was really bad."

Eight injured in Clearwater Beach lightning strike

Eight people were injured when lightning struck Clearwater Beach Sunday afternoon.[Times files]
At least one of the lightning strike victims is in critical condition.

FHP: One dead after fiery three-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough

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Charges in the incident are pending.

FHP: Man hit by car in east Hillsborough; dies 3 days later

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No charges have been filed in the wake of the accident.

Brewing company Hop Daddy to buy site from Clearwater

The brewery on S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue will be called Salty Bull Brewing