Ken Suarez is FOX 13's Polk County reporter, and his reports can be seen throughout the week. He joined the FOX 13 team in August 1998.
Ken graduated from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and received degrees in Spanish and biology. He continued his education at Columbia University in New York where he received his Master’s degree in Journalism. He has also attended the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida for classes in "Power Reporting."
Ken worked for WVII-TV in Bangor, Maine, WINK-TV in Ft. Myers, Florida and at WTOG-TV in St. Petersburg before joining FOX 13. He has also worked at various radio station and newspapers.
Ken has received an Associated Press Award for his stories on AIDS, an award from The Better Business Bureau for a half-hour show on consumer rip-offs and an award from the National Association on Adoptable Children for a series on adoption.
Ken lives on a small farm in East Hillsborough County.
Members of “Wake for Warriors” will be competing this weekend at the Nautique Wake Surf Nationals on Lake Silver in Winter Haven.
Middle and high school students in Polk County are heading back to the classroom next week and will have to go through a new security check.
Lakeland Regional Health is getting national attention for having the second-busiest emergency department in the entire country.
There may be a feline population boom in Florida, but there's also a boom in cat cafés and new ways for potential pet parents to meet adoptable kitties.
The museum will move to the new Bonnet Springs Park development. As for the Kress, the soon-to-be owner says it will maintain the building's historic façade while possibly converting it to an event venue and office space.
Paisley Varner, 8, saved her father's girlfriend who was having a seizure. The third-grader pushed the emergency button on her phone to call for help.
The Open Season Sportman's Expo is going on at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland from now through Sunday. It's open to anyone who likes hunting, fishing, camping or just being outdoors.
The monarch butterfly is disappearing and Lakeland officials are encouraging residents to take simple steps so the insects don’t go extinct.
Drivers are flocking to a Lakeland market that is selling gas at bargain-basement prices.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida is on the rise. According to the Florida Department of Health, one out of five people being tested in Florida is positive for COVID-19. In Polk County, it is closer to one out of four.