Lynn Hatter

News Director

Lynn Hatter is a  Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative.  When she’s not working, Lynn spends her time watching sci-fi and action movies, writing her own books, going on long walks through the woods, traveling and exploring antique stores. Follow Lynn Hatter on Twitter: @HatterLynn.

Phone: (850) 487-3086

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Politics
5:14 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Wyllie Effect On Scott, Crist Hard To Determine But One Will Go Down

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Governor Rick Scott and Democratic Challenger Charlie Crist are neck-in-neck in the polls. The race is so tight some are suggesting Libertarian Adrian Wyllie could be the deciding factor in who gets the Governors Mansion.

With only days left until voters decide who will be the next Governor of Florida Scott and Crist are in a tight race. The latest poll by the Quinnipiac Polling Institute shows the race is tied for the current and former governor.  Peter Brown, assistant director of the polling institute, says every single vote counts.

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WFSU Local
4:51 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Retired Fla. Supreme Court Justice Harding To Hear Winston Probe

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Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding will decide whether Florida State University football quarterback Jameis Winston will face school disciplinary charges. 

Harding, who served as Chief Justice of the state’s high court between 1998 and 2000, will oversee the proceedings.

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Politics
7:03 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Wyllie Running Statewide Ads, But Is It Too Late?

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The Libertarian candidate for Governor is out with a new ad running statewide. Adrian Wyllie may not win the governor’s race, but experts say he could spoil the run for either Governor Rick Scott of Democratic challenger Charlie Crist.

Adrian Wyllie has fought to be taken seriously in the 2014 gubernatorial race, and despite being excluded from most debates and voter guides, he’s polling between seven and 13 percent. Now Wyllie is out with a statewide ads promoting his candidacy.

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Education
6:59 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

FEA Re-files Voucher Lawsuit As School Choice Group Runs Pro-Voucher Ads

Denisha Merriweather, a grad student and Jacksonville resident, discusses her support for the state's tax credit scholarship program in a TV ad

A teachers union isn’t backing down from its legal challenges to the state’s largest school choice program.The Florida Education Association has re-filed a lawsuit questioning how lawmakers expanded the so-called school voucher system, and continues moving forward with another lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the overall program.

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WFSU Local
6:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

No Plea Deal For FAMU Hazing Defendant; Trial To Start Next Week

FAMU Drum Major Robert Champion died in 2011 from injuries sustained in a hazing ritual.
Credit Robert Champion

There will be no plea deal for one of the four remaining defendants facing manslaughter charges in the 2011 hazing death of a Florida A&M University band drum major.

The trial for the final four FAMU band members charged in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion starts next week.

An attorney for Benjamin McNamee told Judge Rene Roche on Wednesday that his client would consider a plea deal if it could be done before the judge who had handled the case previously, but Roche rejected the idea.

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