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 of 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 Masters 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.
Lake Morton Plaza was one of the first assisted living facilities in Polk County to have its residents inoculated against COVID-19.
Carillon Lakes residents heard a deafening sour note when Lakeland city commissioners voted to allow 300 apartments to be built next to their gated subdivision, but the mayor says the decision will preserve the integrity of the neighborhood.
Even though the COVID-19 vaccine is in such short supply across Florida, Polk County officials are being told by the state that there will be enough when it is time for residents to get a second dose.
A Florida Polytechnic University professor is being recognized worldwide for his research on the coronavirus.
COVID can cause substantial damage to your heart, lungs and kidneys, which is fairly easy to diagnose. But some doctors may not connect other more general symptoms to the coronavirus as easily.
As a result of rapidly rising number of cases, Lakeland commissioners are crafting a strongly worded resolution urging people to wear a mask, and take precautions against the virus. They plan to vote on it next Tuesday.
Polk County has just set up a new phone line so that people 65 and over can register to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Lucy and Ernie Geist are not kids anymore. She is 78, and he is 81, which means they are in one of the most vulnerable groups for severe illness due to COVID-19.
Josh Andrews pushes himself to new limits to bring attention to his favorite charity, The Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which supports military families.
Hundreds of innocent people have been injured, and dozens were killed from celebratory gunfire by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.