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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WFSU Local
6:03 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

FSU Professor's World-Famous Cat Map Website Could Soon Run Out Of Lives

Mundy says some people take down their photos after they appear on his site, while other people ask how they can add their cats.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

A Florida State University art professor has been getting international attention for his website mapping the world’s cats. But the popular site will soon go dark if he doesn’t raise enough money to keep the computer servers purring.

Type Owen Mundy’s name into Google, and you’ll get recent headlines from The New York Times, USA Today and, NPR.  

“I’ve had many moments where I was working on it, and I said to myself, ‘Yeah, this is gonna be big. This is really funny,’” he recalls.

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Environment
3:25 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Florida Wildlife Officials Battling Invasive Giant Lizards

Tegus have sharp claws and teeth, but FWC officials say they don't pose a direct threat to people. They eat vegetables, insects and small rodents.
Credit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida wildlife officials are working to eradicate invasive lizards that can grow up to 4 feet long and have been seen eating alligator eggs. Tegus have been spotted recently in Hillsborough, Miami-Dade and Polk counties.

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State News
5:20 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Federal Law Could Help More Floridians With Disabilities Get Jobs

Opportunity Services is one provider of job training and placement for people with disabilities. Clients are placed in temporary employment alongside a coach while employers evaluate whether to hire them permanently.
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Florida disability advocates are celebrating changes to federal employment law President Barack Obama signed last week. Florida will be required to help get people with disabilities jobs within the community whenever possible rather than positions segregated from the rest of society.

The updated law will help end what advocates call the “school-to-warehouse pipeline” for young adults with disabilities. The law requires states to consider first whether someone’s goals and interests can be met with a job working alongside people who don’t have disabilities.

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State News
4:35 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Florida Bar Family Law Section To Wade Into Same-Sex Divorce Case

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The Florida Bar Family Law Section plans to throw its support behind a same-sex couple trying to get divorced. In a case called Shaw v. Shaw, the family lawyers plan to file a brief arguing gay couples are being denied equal access to the courts.  

In March, a Hillsborough County couple filed a divorce agreement, but their judge said the Florida Constitution does not recognize their Massachusetts marriage and therefore a divorce could not be granted.

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WFSU Local
1:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Police: Did Anyone See Markel's Car Before He Was Killed?

Police want to know if anyone saw Markel's 2008 black Honda Accord, the make and model shown in this photo.
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Tallahassee Police are asking the public for more clues they hope will lead to an arrest in the homicide of FSU law professor Dan Markel. Investigators want to know if anyone saw his car just before he was shot.

They are asking if anyone saw Markel’s 2008 black Honda Accord on Thursday, July 17, or the morning of Friday, July 18. According to incident report notes released this afternoon, a neighbor found Markel shot in the driver's seat of the car inside his garage on July 18. Another vehicle was seen driving away after the neighbor heard a loud boom. 

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