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Patricia Mazzei - Political Writer

Patricia Mazzei is the political writer for the Miami Herald. She joined the newspaper in 2007 after graduating from the University of Miami. Her previous beats include congressional and state legislative politics, Miami-Dade County Hall, Miami City Hall and Broward County public schools. Born and raised in Venezuela, she is fluent in Spanish. Follow her on Twitter: @patriciamazzei.


Mary Ellen Klas - Tallahassee Bureau Chief

Mary Ellen Klas is Capital Bureau Chief for The Miami Herald and a co-bureau chief of the paper’s merged bureau with the Tampa Bay Times. 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, who is also a veteran Tallahassee reporter, now as senior writer for the Palm Beach Post’s Tallahassee bureau. They have two daughters. Follow her on Twitter: @MaryEllenKlas.


Kristen M. Clark - Florida government reporter

Kristen Clark covers the Florida Legislature and state government in the Miami Herald's merged Tallahassee bureau with the Tampa Bay Times. A Michigan State graduate, Kristen previously covered community news for The Palm Beach Post, Michigan state government for the Lansing State Journal and local and federal politics for The Forum in Fargo, N.D. She is married to Ryan S. Clark, a sports journalist who covers Florida State athletics for Warchant.com. Follow her on Twitter: @ByKristenMClark.


Amy Sherman - Broward County Government Reporter

Amy Sherman covers Broward County government. She was born in Amherst, MA. and moved to Minnesota to attend college at Macalester in St. Paul. She worked for the St. Paul Pioneer Press before moving to Florida in 2004 and joining The Miami Herald.


Douglas Hanks -- Miami-Dade County Hall reporter

Doug Hanks covers Miami-Dade's County Hall for the Herald, a post he's held since early 2014. He spent a decade on the Business desk, covering real estate, tourism and the economy. A native of Oxford, Md., Hanks has covered local government in Maryland, business in Delaware and food in Washington D.C. Follow him on Twitter: @doug_hanks

Michael Vasquez -- Miami-Dade County Hall reporter

Michael Vasquez covers Miami-Dade County politics and education. A New York City native, he joined the Herald in 2002, following an internship at the Washington Post. Michael earned his journalism degree from Florida International University. His previous beats include Miami City Hall, the city of Hialeah, and Florida’s gambling/casino industry. Michael was a Sunshine State award winner for education reporting in 2013 and 2014. Michael’s year-long investigation of for-profit colleges, Higher-Ed Hustle, can be read at hrld.us/HigherEdHustle Follow him on Twitter: @MrMikeVasquez

David Smiley -- Miami City Hall reporter

David Smiley covers Miami City Hall for the Miami Herald. He was born in Stuart, Florida, and joined the newspaper in 2006 after graduating from Florida International University. He has previously reported on the Miami-Dade School District, the city of Miami Beach, and crime and breaking news. Follow him on Twitter: @NewsbySmiley