Ken Suarez

Ken Suarez

Polk bureau

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. 

If you would like to contact Ken, you can email him at You can also connect with him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @Kensuarez2.

The latest from Ken Suarez


New Lakeland clinic targets lingering COVID symptoms

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.


Lakeland health officials warn of COVID case increase

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 seniors wait for vaccine updates

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.