Dara Kam, senior writer for The News Service of Florida, has spent two decades based in Tallahassee covering Florida government, politics and campaigns. She was part of an award-winning Associated Press team during the 2000 recount, and, more recently, has covered races for governor, president, U.S. Senate, and Congress. Dara’s likes to say she’s on the vice beat, which includes gambling, marijuana and the death penalty. Other beats include courts, same-sex marriage and minority issues. Dara used to boast that she hadn’t met a pair of fishnet stockings or sunglasses that she didn’t like, but is devoting herself this year to act her age. The jury is out on the success of her endeavors.