Kristen M. Clark  •  Journalist

The Palm Beach Post

In February 2014, I was hired at The Palm Beach Post as a community reporter to cover the village of Wellington, the "winter equestrian capital of the world" and the fifth-largest city in Palm Beach County.

 

I reported on news, business and feature stories that the 60,000 residents of Wellington want and need to know - including political conflicts and policies affecting the village's affluent equestrian community.

 

I also used public records to investigate matters related to the village government and its elected officials.

 

Browse the links below for samples of my work:

February 2014 - July 2015  •  West Palm Beach, Fla.

"'A missed opportunity' : Tryon sees equestrian industry economic growth Wellington could have had"  •  July 2, 2015  •  (with video coverage)

 

Investigation series: John Greene  •  July - September 2014

 

"Wellington waste contract: Rules changed for less-experienced hauler"  •  March 15, 2015  •  (with related coverage)

 

Hitler salute from Wellington planning board member draws criticism”  •  March 13, 2014

 

"Residents upset with Wellington Council following K-Park vote"  •  Feb. 1, 2015

 

"Defamation controversy lingers in new Wellington council member’s past"  •  Jan. 29, 2015

 

"Residents suspicious of Wellington Council’s vote to appoint McGovern"  •  Feb. 8, 2015

 

"Residents question council member’s personal motive as council weighs civil aircraft regulations”  •  March 23, 2014

 

"Wellington summit highlights ongoing Bellissimo, Jacobs feud"  •  Jan. 25, 2015

 

Missing written minutes raise issue of whether Wellington development board broke Sunshine Law”   •  April 6, 2014

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Blogging

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I regularly contributed to the western communities blog, offering bits of news, analysis and insight that enhanced traditional reporting. From January through July 2015 alone, pageviews to my posts averaged 21,400 per month. Here are samples of my reports:

"Wellington’s 2016 mayoral race could be one to watch"  •  March 14, 2015

 

"Wellington Council meeting tonight has major implications"  •  Jan. 27, 2015

 

"Lowering standards cost Wellington a potential bidder on trash contract"  •  April 1, 2015

 

"Sunshine expert: Wellington Council should be careful about social ‘gatherings’"  •  April 13, 2015

 

"Wellington to Straub: No summer polo until you pay $150K in liens"  •  April 25, 2015

Video

A look at Tryon International Equestrian Center  • July 2, 2015  •  Wellington equestrian mogul Mark Bellissimo and his partners are building a new equestrian destination in western North Carolina: the Tryon International Equestrian Center. Kristen M. Clark | The Palm Beach Post

Recorded using ProCamera app on Apple iPhone 5c.  Edited using Apple iMovie app.

Winner: 1st place, Beat Reporting (Community),

2015 SPJ Sunshine State Awards

Top riders share opinions on Tryon equestrian center  • July 2, 2015  •  Three of the nation's top riders share what they think about the Tryon International Equestrian Center in western North Carolina and how it compares to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. Kristen M. Clark | The Palm Beach Post

Recorded using ProCamera app on Apple iPhone 5c.  Edited using Apple iMovie app.

Pave roads in Saddle Trail?  • April 21, 2014  •  Residents are asking for the village’s help to pave roads in Saddle Trail, an equestrian community that’s one of the few areas left in Wellington with unpaved roads. Kristen M. Daum | The Palm Beach Post

Recorded using ProCamera app on Apple iPhone 5c.  Edited using Apple iMovie app.