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
3:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Interfaith Dinner Meant To Promote 'Mutual Understanding' As Conflict Rages In Middle East

Temple Israel's Rabbi Jack Romberg says he's proud his congregation embraces events like the interfaith "Table of Abraham" dinner.
Credit Bob Howard via Flickr

As fighting continues in the Middle East, halfway around the world in Tallahassee, people with cultural ties to different sides of the conflict are planning a meal together. Subscribers to three faiths will meet Thursday at the Temple Israel Jewish synagogue to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

It'll be the first time Temple Israel hosts a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner.

“And I am very, very proud of the culture of our congregation that is open to and embraces that type of event," Rabbi Jack Romberg says. 

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State News
4:28 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Former Florida Governor Reflects On Today's Partisanship, 'Overly Cautious' Candidates

Martinez speaks at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum on July 22, 2014.
Credit The Florida Channel

Former Florida Gov. Bob Martinez talked today  in Tallahassee about the importance of civic engagement. A Smithsonian exhibit on the same topic will be in town for a couple more weeks.

Martinez addressed Florida State University applied politics master's students in the old Senate chambers at the Historic Florida Capitol. Before becoming governor, he’d led a teachers’ union and was mayor of Tampa.  

Martinez recalls, “My very first session was in this building in 1965, when they only met every other year, and it was odd-numbered years.”

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WFSU Local
5:41 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Smokey Hollow Commemoration Wins Statewide People's Choice Architecture Award

Lewis Whitlock Principal Rodney Lewis (left) and Creative Director M. Hays Layerd designed the winning entry in the the first-ever people's choice competition held by the American Institute of Architects Florida chapter.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Two Tallahassee structures are among the public’s favorite recent architectural achievements in Florida. This past weekend, the Cascades Park Smokey Hollow commemoration took first place in a people’s-choice architecture competition—and a Florida State University Athletics building wasn’t far behind.

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WFSU Local
1:34 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

FSU Law Professor's Shooting Death Not Random: 'He Was The Intended Victim'

Markel
Credit FSU College of Law

Tallahassee Police believe a Florida State University law professor was the intended victim of a homicide, and his shooting was not random. Police are asking for help from the public as they continue investigating the Friday morning death.

Police are assuring residents in the Betton Hills neighborhood the shooting does not appear to be related to a home invasion, robbery or other random crime. FSU College of Law Professor Daniel Markel died after being found Friday with a gunshot in his home on Trescott Drive. 

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State News
3:34 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Gay Marriage Advocates Exploring Whether Appeal Is Possible In Florida Keys Stay

Equality Florida held a dozen celebrations around the state after Thursday's Monroe County ruling. This wedding cake was at the Tampa celebration.
Credit Equality Florida via Facebook

Florida gay-marriage advocates are exploring legal options to get Monroe County to be allowed to issue same-sex marriage licenses. State Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately appealed a judge’s ruling Thursday—at least temporarily stopping wedding plans in the Florida Keys.

For a short time Thursday, it looked like same-sex couples could start getting married soon in the Keys.

“I have a feeling that there were a couple of hours yesterday where guest houses were getting a lot of reservations for next week," says Equality Florida Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer. 

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