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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Education
5:28 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Despite Protests, FSU Trustees To Interview Four Candidates Including Sen. Thrasher

FSU graduate teaching assistant Richard Lee stands just outside the presidential search committee meeting room Monday, Sept. 22. Lee was among the speakers in favor of cutting Sen. Thrasher from the candidate pool.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

State Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) remains among the finalists for Florida State University president after the search committee voted Monday. That’s despite overwhelming public opposition to his candidacy at the meeting.

The FSU Board of Trustees plans to interview the four finalists Tuesday morning. At Monday’s meeting, several faculty and students voiced their desire to move forward with only the three candidates who have academic administration experience. The FSU Faculty Senate also voted unanimously to support the three "academic candidates" but not Thrasher.

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WFSU Local
10:22 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Jury Duty Scam: E-mails Appear To Be From Leon Courts Clerk, Warn Of Missed Jury Duty

Credit Sal Falko via Flickr

Leon County’s top courts officer is warning of a scam targeting area residents. The ploy uses e-mail to warn people they failed to appear in court for jury duty.

The e-mails have appeared all over Florida. They are masked to appear to be coming from local clerks of court. Leon County Clerk Bob Inzer issued a warning on his website last week. He says the most important thing for people to remember is court correspondence is always sent via physical mail, not by phone or e-mail.

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State News
4:26 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Veterinarian: Animal Injuries Likely At Florida Politicians' Favorite Possum Festival

Congressman Steve Southerland (FL-2) holds an opossum at the 2014 Wausau Possum Festival.
Credit Heather Leiphart / Associated Press

Florida wildlife officials are investigating a Northwest Florida festival after an animal rights group complained. The 45-year-old Wausau Possum Festival has been a longtime favorite campaign stop for politicians.

The tiny Panhandle town of Wausau bills itself as the “Possum Capital of the United States.” Its annual Possum Festival includes beauty pageants, a live-possum auction and, most years, politicians.

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State News
10:56 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Hopeful Marijuana Growers Challenge Florida's Proposed Lottery System

Credit Mark via Flickr

Three challenges have been lodged in attempts to block Florida’s proposed medical marijuana rules. Two plant nurseries and a marijuana trade association are fighting provisions they say are unfair to growers.

Growers oppose the lottery system for choosing the state’s five authorized nurseries. They also take aim at a provision allowing investors to partner with an unlimited number of nurseries. Growers say that’s an unfair advantage because they can enter the lottery only once.

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State News
5:50 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Group Launches 'Rick Scott's Ark Tour' To Keep Climate Change In Fla. Governor's Race

NextGen handed out beer cozies at the Tallahassee "Ark Tour" event. Most of the volunteers were college students.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WSFU News

Blocks away from the Florida Capitol today, a group targeting climate-change deniers kicked off what it’s calling “Rick Scott’s Ark Tour.” The NextGen Climate Action Committee has spent more than $3.6 million so far in an attempt to inject climate change as an issue in the Florida governor’s race, according to finance records filed with the state.

Noah’s ark, or what looks just like it, was parked at a meter on a busy Tallahassee street. During the lunch-hour rush  here, about two dozen college students were waving signs and handing out T-shirts to passing drivers.

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