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.

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Wednesday marks the centennial of the birth of Stetson Kennedy, a folklorist, historian and social justice activist. He’s a larger than life figure in Florida history that many have never of.

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In the weeks leading up to the November 8th election, WFSU is bringing you coverage of the local issues voters are wrestling with this season. We're kicking off the series by asking why do local elections matter anyway?

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State Republican Senator Jack Latvala is fighting the expansion of medical marijuana in the state. Florida voters will decide whether to kickstart the state’s fledging pot industry at the ballot box in November.

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A Tallahassee sexual assault support organization is taking a new approach to crisis response.

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A Florida politician expected to be a front-runner in the 2018 governor’s race is raising concerns about the state’s water supply.

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Elections officials and activists across the country are celebrating National Voter Registration Day Tuesday. But the practice of signing up voters has a complicated history.

Wakulla Springs
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A sinkhole opened up Friday underneath a fertilizer factory in central Florida, dumping millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Floridan Aquifer. This is the latest in a string of issues that has scientists worried about the health of the state’s primary water source.

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Local ice cream parlor Lofty Pursuits is leaving Market Square. The shop is the latest in a number of businesses to leave after a Texas company bought the shopping complex.

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A citizens group is drafting recommendations on how to improve the response to storms like Hurricane Hermine. The restoration efforts in Tallahassee raised concerns among residents and Governor Rick Scott.

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With college football season in full swing, one Florida State University professor is analyzing what the sport means in the capital city.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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