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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Business
5:33 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Startups Love Obama's Internet Proposal, But Cable Industry Calls It 'Draconian'

Shop X co-founder Ryan Kopinsky at the Domi Station business incubator
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

This week President Barack Obama proposed reclassifying the Internet as a public utility. Some Floridians are applauding the idea as a way to protect startup businesses and consumers. But the cable industry is fighting back, saying the level of regulation the president proposes would stifle investment and potentially limit service to those same consumers.

The Ping-Pong table in the lobby confirms it: This is a startup incubator. The sleek-looking shared workspace is called Domi Station. It’s just off the Florida State University campus.

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State News
5:07 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Florida Supreme Court Orders Public Release Of GOP Consultant's Map-Drawing Docs

After a Florida Supreme Court ruling today, the public will be able to view documents that led a judge to declare the state’s congressional districts unconstitutional. The court ordered the unsealing of a Republican strategist’s records cited as key evidence in this year’s redistricting trial.

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Business
4:09 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Biodegradable Plastic Has Bainbridge, Georgia-Based Company Planning Expansion

A compost test shows how MHG silverware breaks down.
Credit MHG

When U.S. service members eat meals in the field during combat missions, the plastic silverware they use comes from South Georgia. Now the Bainbridge-based company that supplies American troops has big plans to ramp up creation of its biodegradable plastic products.

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2014 Election
3:18 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Twenty-Three New Lawmakers Getting Ready For Florida House Terms

Plasencia (left) and DuBose (right)
Credit VoteRene.com/City of Fort Lauderdale

The midterm election gave Republicans 17 new members in the Florida House, while Democrats are welcoming six to their minority caucus. The GOP now has a veto-proof super-majority in that chamber.

Republicans needed to defeat at least five incumbent Democrats to achieve the super-majority. They ousted six. One of their successful candidates comes from Orlando.

“My name is Rene Plasencia. I also go by Coach P. I’m a high school teacher and track coach at Colonial High School, where I’ve been for the last 15 years,” he says.

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State News
4:10 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Florida Insurance Commissioner Orders Workers' Compensation Rates To Drop

Credit Eric Snyder via Flickr

Florida’s small businesses should see their workers’ compensation rates drop at the beginning of next year. State Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty has ordered an average premium reduction of 5.2 percent. That’s a deeper cut than the 2.5 percent insurers originally requested.

Taylor Gibson manages the Tallahassee branch of Two Men and a Truck moving company. He says the cuts will take a burden off businesses.

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