Lynn Hatter

News Director

Lynn Hatter is a  Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has been a member of the WFSU news team 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.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran appeared on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program Wednesday (12/6/17) to discuss sexual harassment in the Florida Capitol and hurricane recovery.
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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he believes embattled Sen. Jack Latvala is heading toward expulsion from the chamber. Latvala is facing multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

Willie Taggart set to become 11th head football coach at Florida State University.
Oregon Club of Portland

Florida State University has hired Willie Taggart as the new head football coach.  He had been considered the front-runner for the job.

A fight over public employee labor unions is brewing in the legislature. Critics are decrying a bill they say is aimed at union-busting, while the measure’s sponsor claims it’s meant to ensure unions are doing their jobs.

Former Florida State University football coach Jimbo Fisher says accepting a job at Texas A&M University was a no-brainer. He issued his first statement Monday after splitting from FSU last week.

Jimbo Fisher is the new head coach of Texas A&M University. Fisher left Florida State University after eight seasons. Texas A&M Officials announced the hire Monday. WFSU News Director  Lynn Hatter spoke with reporter Zach Taylor who covers sports for news-talk station WTAW in College Station, Texas.

FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher, 2018 FSU vs. Clemson
Jeff Romance / Florida State University

Texas A&M University is expected to announce the hire of former Florida State University Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher today. The university confirmed Friday Fisher would be leaving after more than a week of uncertainty over the future of the school’s hallmark athletics program.

Florida State University will be searching for a new head football coach for the first time in more than 40 years.  Jimbo Fisher has accepted a job at Texas A&M University.

Football coach Jimbo Fisher, speaking to the Chiefs.
Nick Evans

Speculation continues over whether Florida State University football head coach Jimbo Fisher will stay with FSU or move on to Texas A&M University. But the coach remains mum on his decision.

Larry Robinson has become Florida A&M University’s 12th president. The school’s governing board made the decision Thursday. Robinson has served the school in a temporary leadership capacity three separate times.

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson.
Nick Evans

Florida A&M University’s interim president moved a step closer to dropping "interim” from his title Wednesday. A committee of the school’s trustee board recommending naming Larry Robinson to head the university permanently.

A proposal prohibiting local school board members from being paid looks unlikely to go before Florida voters. But term limits for those members and making superintendents appointed instead of elected are moving ahead.

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Steven Bittell has resigned following a Politico Florida story containing allegations of “creepy” behavior toward women. Six anonymous women accuse Bittell of leering, making suggestive comments and creating an uncomfortable working climate.

John Thrasher

Members of Florida's public university governing system are throwing their support behind Florida State University’s move to ban all social Greek organizations. The decision comes after the recent death of a fraternity pledge.

City of Tallahassee News / City of Tallahassee

The Tallahassee City Commission voted last night to have the city post online all public records that have been provided to a federal grand jury investigating alleged public corruption. And in a separate case, city manager Rick Fernandez is taking paid temporary leave as an ethics complaint against him moves forward.

Florida State University

Florida State University Greek fraternities and sororities are indefinitely suspended following the recent death of a pledge. President John Thrasher is defending the decision but not everyone is certain he’s right.

Florida Capitol
Nick Evans / WFSU News

Tallahassee is not the only state capitol reeling from sexual harassment claims. Legislatures in California, Indiana, Missouri, Washington and at least seven others are also dealing with the issue.

Florida A&M University says it’s placed a developmental school employee on administrative leave after they were accused of inappropriate contact with high schoolers.


Florida's Attorney General and it's next Senate Minority leader are weighing in on the sex scandals that have rocked the state capitol in recent days. Both women are adding their voices to a growing chorus of concern about the behavior of lawmakers and lobbyists and the culture of the legislature.

Leon County Jail

Florida State University police have arrested a second fraternity member accused of selling drugs on campus. The move comes a day after the school announced more arrests for drug sales would be forthcoming.

St. John's Episcopal Church
State Archives of Florida

St. Johns Episcopal Church could soon receive a local historical designation.  The Tallahassee City Commission is poised to approve its addition to the county’s historical registry.

Florida State University is suspending all of its fraternities and sororities indefinitely after the recent death of a fraternity pledge and the arrest of a member for selling drugs.

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater)
Nick Evans

Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater,  has been temporarily removed from his powerful position as Senate Appropriations Chairman. The senator is fighting back anonymous claims of sexual harassment.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools

More than a dozen school districts are challenging a law requiring them to share local construction funds with charter schools. But  some of those same districts also getting a portion of the extra funding the new law provides.

The Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, along with seven Florida teachers are suing the state, the Florida Department of Education and all 67 public school districts. That includes university lab schools, Florida Virtual School and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. At issue: whether the state's “Best and Brightest” teacher bonus program discriminates against black and Hispanic educators and those over 40.

Leon County Schools

School Districts across the Big Bend will re-open later this week in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Many schools served shelters before and after the storm.