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.

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.

Eric Corriel via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/eric_corriel/

Climate researchers say Florida’s military bases are vulnerable to sea level rise.

Kate Payne/ WFSU

A record number of vote-by-mail ballots are now en route to Leon County voters.

Ted Eytan via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/taedc/

In his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, Donald Trump said he’d protect the LGBTQ community. But one Florida advocate is skeptical.

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

Every four years, Democrats and Republicans hold elaborate conventions to celebrate their candidate of choice and stir up party support. But the events this month also offer an uninterrupted view into the country’s partisan divides.

Turkle Tom via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/turkletom/

Florida officials are investigating what could be the first homegrown, mosquito-borne Zika case in the continental United States. But an Orlando physician believes a local outbreak won’t hit the state as hard as other countries.

Naoki Takano via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/echizen78/

Big Bend Cares is preparing to break ground on a new neighborhood clinic.

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

North Florida’s Republican delegates are weighing in on the state of the party at the National Convention.

Federal Highway Administration / http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/photos/75957

The state is funding more than $15 million in springs restoration projects in North Florida.

Tom Woodward/ flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/

Law enforcement agencies across the state are undergoing implicit bias training to re-evaluate the way they interact with minority communities. But what does the training entail?

Bob Jagendorf/ flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobjagendorf/

A new report card released by Florida's civil engineers shows the state's infrastructure is mediocre, but making some gains.

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