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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WFSU Local
4:44 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Tallahassee To Convene Ethics Panel Within 90 Days; Ethics Officer Could Lose Job

Tallahassee Ethics Officer Julie Meadows-Keefe
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Now that Tallahassee voters have passed an ethics reform amendment, the measure could cost the city’s new ethics officer her job. A volunteer ethics advisory panel must also be convened within three months.

The measure requires ethics panel appointments be made by specific community members, including the presidents of FSU and FAMU. City spokeswoman Michelle Bono says the panel they assemble will decide how to proceed with hiring an ethics officer. But she says there’s a wrinkle because city ethics officer Julie Meadows-Keefe has been on the job for just more than a month.

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2014 Election
3:03 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Elections Official: Judge Correct In Denying Crist's Motion To Extend Voting Time

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says his office was in contact with the state's 67 election supervisors throughout Election Day, and he did not hear of any systematic problems.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

As Florida election supervisors continue counting mail-in ballots, Gov. Rick Scott’s winning margin is just over 1 percent. But before Scott was declared the winner late Tuesday night, Democratic rival Charlie Crist filed an emergency court motion to extend voting hours in one South Florida county. A judge denied his campaign’s request.

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2014 Election
11:54 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Scott Narrowly Edges Out Crist To Win Second Term

Scott

Florida Governor Rick Scott has been reelected. After a bitter, expensive campaign against Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, Scott declared victory by a 1.3 percent margin Tuesday night. 

Scott carried 48.2 percent of the vote as of 11:30 p.m. Many precincts are still counting mail-in ballots. But Scott held enough of a lead over Crist's 46.96 percent for Crist to concede. 

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Elections
11:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Tallahassee Voters Approve Ethics Amendment

Citizens for Ethics Reform Co-chair Marilynn Wills celebrates the Tallahassee amendment's passage Tuesday night at Level 8.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

With two-thirds in support, Tallahassee voters have approved an amendment beefing up the city’s ethics program. The measure creates an independent ethics officer position just a month after the city hired an ethics officer who answers to the city attorney.

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Elections
4:06 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Despite Pre-Election Democratic Gains, Florida Law Makes Race Harder To Predict

Florida Democrats have managed to narrow an early Republican lead in the number of ballots cast before Election Day. The numbers appear to favor Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist—at first glance. But  a state election-law change makes this election’s outcome harder to predict.

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