Jessica Palombo

Reporter/Producer

Phone: (850) 487-3086  x364

Jessica Palombo got her master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. While interning at WAER News in Syracuse, she was awarded the Syracuse Press Club’s top prize for a radio feature story produced by a student. She interned at WAMU News and NPR's "Weekends at All Things Considered," both in Washington, D.C., before moving back to her home state of Florida. She then freelanced at WJCT News in Jacksonville before joining the staff of WFSU News full time. Before getting into radio, she was an editor, reporter and essayist for The Gainesville Sun, Skirt! Magazine and Jacksonville Magazine. When she's not reporting, Jessica enjoys acting in plays and films, cooking vegan food and discovering new music.  Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JessicaPubRadio.

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Environment
4:58 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Environmentalists Urge Support For Water Rules Rep. Southerland Seeks To Block

St. Marks River in Leon County
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

As the federal government seeks to clarify which water bodies it protects, a Florida congressman came to Tallahassee this week to decry what he calls a gross overreach of power and tout his legislation blocking the effort. But Florida environmental groups and former state regulators say the federal clarification is necessary to protect Florida’s fresh water from pollution.

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WFSU Local
4:36 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Tallahassee City Commission Reschedules Meeting To Vote On Ethics Proposal

Credit Diane Stein via Flickr

In cooperation with a group trying to put government ethics reform on the local ballot, Tallahassee City Commissioners have rescheduled their next meeting to ensure a timely vote. A judge is expected to rule next Friday on whether the proposed amendment is ballot-ready, and the Commission plans to vote later the same day, Aug. 29.

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WFSU Local
5:02 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Tallahassee Ethics Reformers Eye Ballot As Judge Set To Rule Next Week

Former FSU President Sandy D'Alemberte is representing Citizens for Ethics Reform in its legal battle to put an amendment on the Leon County ballot. He asked the City Commission on Wed., Aug. 20, to vote before a judge rules next week.
Credit City of Tallahassee

A Leon County circuit judge has agreed to expedite his hearing of a proposed Tallahassee ethics initiative a group is trying to place on the November ballot. Citizens for Ethics Reform is asking the City Commission to approve the measure before the judge rules next Friday, as they outlined in a letter to city officials this afternoon. 

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State News
4:04 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

BREAKING: Federal Judge Strikes Down Florida Gay Marriage Ban

Supporters of same-sex marriage rally at the Florida Capitol in 2013.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

A federal judge in Tallahassee has struck down the state’s gay marriage ban as unconstitutional. The ruling comes with an automatic stay preventing the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Hinkle found in favor of eight same-sex couples who had married in other states, one couple seeking to get married, and one woman whose partner had died. 

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Environment
6:13 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Can A Version Of Cap-And-Trade Reduce Water Pollution? Florida Hopes So

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman says the credit trading program does little to alleviate issues like septic tank runoff.
Credit Jessica Palombo

Florida plans to go statewide with a water-quality program that lets polluters partially off the hook if they buy credits for extra cleanup others have already done. The credit-selling program has critics in Jacksonville, the city where it started.

A few years back, the polluted St. Johns River became the test case for the voluntary water-quality credit program. The theory, state regulators say, was to foster regional cooperation by adding an economic incentive for water cleanup.

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