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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State News
4:33 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

New Florida Legislative Leaders Sworn In

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli gets a hug and a gavel at his swearing-in.
Credit The Florida Channel

The Florida House Speaker and Senate President set the tone and choose priorities for each lawmaking session. As new legislative leaders took their oaths of office this week, they talked about what Floridians can expect during their terms.

Florida’s new House Speaker is Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island). When he took to the chamber lectern for the first time, he made it clear he’s a small-government kind of guy.

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WFSU Local
12:16 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Tallahassee Drivers Needed To Take Cancer Patients Down 'Road To Recovery'

A Road to Recovery volunteer drives a patient to her cancer treatment.

A cancer diagnosis is never easy to hear, and for some Tallahassee residents, the bad news is compounded by lack of transportation to their medical treatments. So the American Cancer Society is asking for volunteers to drive Big Bend patients in need.

Tallahassee resident John Wilmott has been volunteering with the Road to Recovery program for about two years. 

“I honestly get to meet people from all walks of life that I would never have met before," he says. "I have driven New York City bus drivers. I have driven retired English professors.”

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State News
5:08 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Panhandle Dairy Farmers Sue Florida Over 'Scary' Milk Labeling Requirement

Paul and Mary Lou Wesselhoeft stand with Institute for Justice attorney Justin Pearson in front of the federal courthouse in Tallahassee. They filed suit on Nov. 20, 2014.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

The owners of a Florida Panhandle dairy farm are fighting in federal court against a label the state requires on their milk. Ocheesee Creamery has been trying for years to sell all-natural skim milk without having to affix what the owners say are misleading words.

Mary Lou and Paul Wesselhoeft own Ocheesee Creamery, a Calhoun County dairy operation. For years they sold skim milk without adding a synthetic vitamin. But the state government classifies their all-natural variety as a “milk product” with “vitamins removed” and requires labeling as such.

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Business
3:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Thomasville Invites Shoppers To Small Business Saturday Nov. 29

More than 50 downtown Thomasville restaurants and businesses are participating in the Small Business Saturday event on Nov. 29.
Credit City of Thomasville

The city of Thomasville, Georgia, is inviting holiday shoppers to visit on the day after Black Friday. Locally owned stores are already prepping for the Small Business Saturday event.

Two days after Turkey leftovers are bagged up, Small Business Saturday in Thomasville will give shoppers the chance to cross items off their gift lists—or, as Fuzzy Goat yarn store owner Cadence Kidwell says, “They could still get started on something that they could make for somebody that they love." 

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Elections
4:22 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Florida House Votes For Do-Over In District With Write-In Candidate Confusion

Grant won the election against fellow Republican Miriam Steinberg with 59.5 percent of the vote.
Credit JamesGrantFL.com

When the Florida House of Representatives welcomed new and returning members today,  one recently elected person was there only in spirit. That’s because a court ruling requires a do-over in his district election.

Rep. James Grant (R-Tampa) handily won reelection last month with almost 60 percent support from District 64 voters. Early Tuesday, the Florida Elections Canvassing Commission certified all state returns, including Grant’s. But later on the House floor, Rep. Richard Corcoran (R- Land 'O Lakes) called for a vote to block Grant from taking office.

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