Kate Payne

Multimedia Reporter

As a Tallahassee native, Kate Payne grew up listening to WFSU. She loves being part of a station that had such an impact on her. Kate is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. With a background in documentary and narrative filmmaking, Kate has a broad range of multimedia experience. When she’s not working, you can find her rock climbing, cooking or hanging out with her cat.

Gage Skidmore via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/

Marco Rubio has a 7 point lead in the race for Florida’s U-S Senate seat, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Bart Everson via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/editor/

Hurricane Hermine narrowly missed hitting Florida on primary election day, making landfall three days after polls had closed. But what happens when elections take a rain check?

Thomas Hawk via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tied in Florida.

Elizabeth Greene via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/zevhonith/

Due to storm damage and power outages, some Tallahassee residents are staying in local hotels. Even as football fans flock to the city for the first home game of the season, hotel owners say there’s plenty of room.

Olly Newport/ flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyllo/

Equality Florida has set a deadline to distribute donations for the victims of the Pulse shooting. Victims and their families have until September 12th to submit a claim to receive the funds.

The Tallahassee City Commission meets to discuss the response to Hurricane Hermine
LHatter / WFSU News

Hurricane Hermine has taken it’s toll on Tallahassee—leaving downed trees and power lines in its wake. That’s posed logistical challenges to teams trying to restore power, and frustrating residents who have been without for days. Now  city and county leaders are trying to address those concerns. But some say the efforts come too late.

National Hurricane Center / http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/032609.shtml?5-daynl

Emergency officials are urging Gulf Coast residents to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Hermine.

Lane Cheung via flickr

Tuesday Floridians voted overwhelmingly to lower taxes on solar equipment. But activists are bracing for another campaign – this one against a utility-backed amendment on the November ballot.

Rep. Ramon Alexander (D-Tallahassee).
Ramon Alexander website

Ramon Alexander has won the Democratic primary race for House District 8. He will face write-in candidate Frantz Millien in the November general election.

Tulane University Public Relations / https://www.flickr.com/photos/tulanesally/

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the Gulf Coast, and cost BP a total of $61.2 billion. Now a government council is seeking public input on how some of that money should be spent.

Levy Park, neighborhood of the year.
Nick Evans

When Florida voters head to the polls on Tuesday and again in November, many will be voting in a new congressional district. Nick Evans and Kate Payne look at what redistricting means for one Tallahassee neighborhood.

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Across the state, colleges and universities are coming back into session, and some are getting attention from presidential campaigns.

Luca Rossato via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/funky64/

Tallahassee will soon be home to an assisted living facility designed specifically for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss. The disease now affects more than 5 million people nationwide.

Pam Keith for Senate / http://pamkeithforsenate2016.com/about/

Democrat Pam Keith is a political newcomer and an underdog in Florida’s race for the US Senate. WFSU sat down with Keith ahead of the August 30th primary.

Kate Payne/ WFSU

Climate change in Florida is already taking its toll, in the form of rising temperatures, extreme weather events and shifting tides. The changes are sending archaeologists scrambling to protect the state’s historical resources. WFSU traveled to the country’s oldest city to tell this story.

NC Orchid via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/ncorchid/

The endangered ghost orchid is making a comeback in the Everglades, thanks to a team of Florida scientists.

Thomas Hawk via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/

Early voting in Leon County is right around the corner.

Federacion de Asociaciones Cannabicas via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/cannabicas/

Thursday the US Drug Enforcement Agency decided to not loosen prohibitions against marijuana, even as the public pushes for legalization. But candidates for Leon County Sheriff say law enforcement should lighten up on non-violent drug offenders.

James Kimber of Submarine Group Ten via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/submarinegroupten/

Florida State University researchers have won a $35 million grant from the United States Navy.

Consolidated Dispatch Agency
Kate Payne/ WFSU

Leon County’s 911 call center is settling with the family of a slain Florida State University professor. It also has two other lawsuits still pending.

Basharat Alam Shah via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/shahbasharat/

A Florida-based company made history this week by winning federal approval for a private mission to the moon. The development is unprecedented in the private space industry.

Katie Wheeler via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/almostsummersky/

With tragedies at home and abroad, Florida has been inundated with bad news this summer, which can affect the public’s travel plans. WFSU takes the pulse of the state’s tourism industry.

Florida Memory / https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/120780

While a foul-smelling green algae chokes Florida’s Treasure Coast, local and state officials are debating how to cut down on pollution in Wakulla Springs.

jvoves/ flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/jvoves/

Hillary Clinton is now the first female presidential nominee of a major American political party. Here's a look at how her historic run could impact Florida’s next generation.

Iriss Photo Collection/ flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/openlx/

Florida officials are finalizing a plan to fund more affordable housing for extremely low income people.

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