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
5:25 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Tallahassee Business Owners Drop Clothes To Raise Cash

A nude woman poses with watermelon in the Farmer Tans IndieGoGo promo video.
Credit Jess Drawhorn via IndieGoGo

Tallahassee is buzzing about not one but two local fundraising calendars featuring nearly nude business owners. The reaction to the Ten Speed Greens and Gaines Street Fest calendars has been largely positive, but some critics are saying the images are indecent or they objectify women.  

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State News
4:16 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

FSU Trustees Choose 'Lightning Rod' President In Thrasher

Students carry signs into the FSU Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday to protest the outcome they expect.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

This week Florida State University picked Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) as its next president. His selection follows months of discord as some FSU faculty and students demanded the role be filled by an academic instead. On Monday and Tuesday, those tensions boiled over at a turbulent final two search meetings. 

Who better to convey the drama of FSU’s presidential search than someone who masters dramatic flair for a living? Enter Matthew Lata.

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WFSU Local
5:32 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Business-Incubating Shared Workspace Seeks 'Awesome' New Tallahassee Location

Making Awesome co-founder Brad Harris stands next to the space's first 3D printer, which is now retired.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Tallahassee’s Making Awesome shared workspace is on the hunt for a new, more affordable home. The volunteer-led makers’ space that’s helped launched startup companies can’t afford to keep renting its warehouse from Tallahassee Community College.

Brad Harris is a Making Awesome co-founder. He’s walking around the group’s 4,000-square-foot warehouse Thursday, past large woodworking machines, tiny computers and a 3D printer that’s about a foot wide and a foot tall. Harris says it, or rather, she, was the group’s first.

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State News
4:56 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Florida Tourism Marketers Aim To Attract More International, Young Visitors

Motocross star Ricky Carmichael is one of VISIT FLORIDA's new nontraditional marketing partners.
Credit Ricky Carmichael via VISIT FLORIDA

State officials say Florida tourism numbers are expected to set a new record for the fourth consecutive year. But to keep that kind of momentum amidst an aging population, tourism marketers are looking for innovative ways to reach millennials and international travelers.

VISIT FLORIDA CEO Will Seccombe says one attempt is a new partnership with a world-famous motocross star, Florida native Ricky Carmichael. Florida will appear as a landscape in Carmichael’s "Motocross Matchup" bike-racing video game.

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Education
9:23 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

FSU Names Sen. John Thrasher As Next President

Thrasher
Credit Florida Senate

Florida State University has selected Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) as its next president. Many on the FSU Board of Trustees say Thrasher is a proven fundraiser who loves the university.

Thrasher is also chairman of Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection campaign, a post the FSU trustees have asked him to resign immediately. Thrasher’s legislative connections and ability to raise money are what board members cited again and again Tuesday before voting for him 11-to-2.

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