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
7:44 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Protesters Demand Arrest Of Police Officer Who Tased Tallahassee Woman

FSU Dream Defenders President Brian Marshall chants as cars pass in front of the Tallahassee Police station on Oct. 22, 2014.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

A group called the Tallahassee Dream Defenders staged a protest against police brutality outside the Tallahassee Police Department Wednesday evening. They’re demanding justice three weeks after an officer was captured on video using a stun gun on a 61-year-old woman.

About 30 people held signs and chanted outside the police station on Seventh Avenue as rush-hour traffic whizzed by. The protest was part of a movement called the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality held in cities across the nation.

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Elections
2:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Latest Q Poll: Florida Governor's Race Close As Can Be

Scott (left) and Crist (right) each have 42 percent support, which is statistically the same as the results of a September Q Poll.

The Florida governor’s race could not be any closer between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist. Today’s poll results from Quinnipiac University show the Republican and Democrat each with 42 percent support from likely voters.

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WFSU Local
4:36 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

StarMetro Planning Rapid Buses Through Downtown, Seeks Public Input On Routes

The proposed rapid bus routes are on StarMetro's website.
Credit StarMetro

The city of Tallahassee is seeking input as it plans for rapid bus service through downtown. It’s the same system cities like Eugene, Oregon, have already. It uses longer buses running on dedicated lanes to move a large volume of people more quickly than regular buses. StarMetro planners will present a few potential routes at meetings on Thursday.

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State News
4:05 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Gov. Scott Receives More Than 90,000 Petitions Demanding Climate Leadership

Children hold signs in Gov. Scott's office as petitions are dropped off.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

More than 92,000 petitions arrived at Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office today urging the governor to announce his plan for fighting climate change. The petitions also call for Scott to cut carbon emissions and invest in solar power, actions that would help the state comply with the federal government's proposed Clean Power Plan

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State News
5:19 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

With Kids' Bulletproof Vest Ads, Group Tries To Start Pre-election Conversation On Race

The Tallahassee billboard will be up until the November election.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

A billboard in Tallahassee is advertising bulletproof vests for children. The group behind the provocative campaign wants to make Florida voters think about policies like the Stand Your Ground law before they cast ballots in the midterm election.

Picture this: You’re driving westward down one of Tallahassee’s main roads. Apalachee Parkway eventually runs right into state Capitol building, but you’re waiting at a light at the Capital Circle intersection, one of the busiest in town. Then you see it: A billboard high above a KFC restaurant.

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