Jessica Palombo

Reporter/Producer

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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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Arts and Culture
5:57 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

O, Miami Founder: Florida Poet Laureate Should Be Advocate Of Fun

The South Florida Sun Sentinel covered the second O, Miami Fest in 2013.
Credit O, Miami

Florida could soon appoint a cultural ambassador of sorts to help spread the word—about words. A bill creating a state poet laureate position seems poised to soon meet the governor’s pen.

The O, Miami Poetry Festival is going on now. The month-long fest is back for its fourth year. Executive Director and founder, 35-year-old poet Scott Cunningham, says the goal for this year’s fest is the same as always: “We try to deliver a poem to every single person in Miami-Dade County.”

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State News
5:49 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Despite Fla. Business Community Push, Gay Discrimination Ban Fails Again

Raschein announces her co-sponsorship of the Competitive Workforce Act in November of 2013.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

One Florida bill bars employers from discriminating against people who are gay or transgendered. But despite strong business community support, it never saw the light of debate this year.  

The chances of passing the Florida Competitive Workforce Act were promising by several measures. 

First, it has bi-partisan sponsorship.

Then there’s broad public support, according to a 2013 public opinion survey.

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Business
5:47 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Craft Brewers Slam Proposed Rule Making Them Sell, Buy Back Their Beer

GrassLands Brewery owner Gabe Grass stands in the Gaines Street warehouse he's about to transform into a microbrewery and tap room.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Florida’s craft beer brewers have been pushing for years to remove a law keeping them from selling containers of a certain size. But a Senate bill that does away with that restriction also adds a different rule brewers say would hurt their booming business.

Following a national trend, the number of craft breweries in Tallahassee is expected to double in the near future. In a warehouse six blocks from the Florida Capitol, Gabe Grass is about to open the third microbrewery within a mile radius.

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State News
5:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Florida Amazon Shoppers Will Start Paying Sales Tax May 1

Amazon built this "fulfillment center" in Scotland three years ago. The company plans two similar facilities in Florida.
Credit Chris Watt via Flickr

Floridians who have full shopping carts on Amazon.com might want to complete their purchases by the end of the month. The Internet retail giant has announced it will start collecting sales tax in the Sunshine State on May 1.

Amazon must comply with the Florida law requiring businesses to collect sales tax if they have a physical presence in the state. That’s because it’s nearing completion on the first of two planned distribution warehouses in Central Florida.

The company says it will hire up to 2,500 workers to start shipping items by the holiday season.

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State News
4:40 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

It’s Lawmaking Time—But Sometimes The Clock Runs Out Before Debate’s Over

Credit Zoute Drop via Flickr

Although Florida lawmakers filed more than 1,800 bills this year, most measures were not destined to become laws. Some were too controversial in an election year. Some died alone with no companion measure in the other chamber. And some bill sponsors simply lost the race against time.

When lawmakers return from the Passover-Easter break next week, they’ll jump into a fast-paced final two weeks of floor action. But the majority of legislative movement has already happened in committees meetings—meetings that were scheduled to last for an exact time period and not a second longer.

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