Eleanor Clark


Eleanor Clark is a recent graduate from Florida State University with degrees in International Affairs and Creative Writing. Before interning at WFSU, she spent time in New York City as the Civic Engagement Coordinator for Columbia University’s high school program. Some of Eleanor’s favorite things are watching the Great British Bake Off, eating soup dumplings, and spending time with her dog, Cooper. Follow her on Twitter: @Nell_Clark_

The FSU Women's Soccer Team onstage at the December celebration for their National Championship win.
FSUSoccer Twitter

Earlier this month, the Florida State University women's soccer team earned a national championship after beating the University of North Carolina. But despite a stellar year for women’s sports, FSU funding went more toward to men’s sports.  

Rep. Beshears in January of 2018.
Florida House of Representatives

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis announced today he has chosen a Republican from North Florida to lead the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Florida State University President John Thrasher.
FSU, Office of the President

A fraternity at Florida State University is facing backlash for the second time in almost a year. Last week, a member of Pi Kappa Phi posted a picture on Instagram featuring many of the fraternity’s brothers dressed in sombreros, fake mustaches, and ponchos, along with the caption “We don’t pay cover or taxes.”  Many FSU students are calling the social media post racist. University President John Thrasher says the school is examining the student code of conduct to see if the post violated any rules. 

The FSU Soccer team celebrates with their trophy after winning the 2018 National Championship title.
@FSUSoccer Twitter

For the second time in school history, the FSU women’s soccer team has been crowned national champions. The team beat the University of North Carolina Tar Heels 1-0 Sunday. 

The Seminoles' home field displays a banner honoring their 2014 National Championship win.
Nell Clark / WFSU-FM

The FSU women’s soccer team is heading to the semifinal round of the College Cup this week. If the Noles win Friday, they’ll play on Sunday for the National Championship title.  

The InSight takes a picture of its new home on Mars.
@NASAInSight Twitter

Monday NASA’s rover InSight will touch down on the surface of Mars. What the explorer learns there scientists say could mean big answers for Earth.

Illusion the Manatee
FWC's Facebook

A rehabilitated manatee was spotted in the wild recently. She was released seven years ago after being seriously injured by a boat. Experts say reports boaters need to keep watch for manatees on the move this winter. 

Manatees gather in warm water at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River in March, 2015. Kayakers can be seen in the background, separated from the manatees.
FWC's Flickr

It’s been a tough year for Florida manatees. Red tide and cold snaps have led to their highest death rate since 2013, and that death rate could still go up. 

A roofer working in Oklahoma.
FEMA photo library

The opportunity to sign up for federal aid from FEMA for Hurricane Michael damages will soon be over. The deadline to register for the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program is today.

Voting Stickers.
Element5 Digital / Unsplash

Leon County Supervisor of Elections, Mark Earley will give testimony Wednesday in a case filed by Democratic Senate Candidate Bill Nelson, who wants all votes to count – even those with mismatched signatures.

Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott.
Sen. Bill Nelson's YouTube and Gov. Rick Scott's Website

An automatic recount will likely be triggered in the race for Florida’s Senate seat. As less than half a percentage point separates current Governor Rick Scott and current U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. The outcome may hinge on an unusual voting pattern reported in Broward County. The Florida Gubernatorial race and contest for state Agricultural Commissioner also appear to be heading for recounts.

Dianne Williams-Cox
Dianne Williams-Cox's website

Dianne Williams-Cox overtook opponent Bob Lotane to win Tallahassee City Commission seat five. The seat was formerly held by Gil Ziffer. Williams-Cox pulled off the win with about 65 percent of the vote. 

Tallahassee's new mayor John Dailey stands with supporters during his election party.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

John Dailey is Tallahassee’s new mayor, he will replace Andrew Gillum for the job.

Joel Castro uses a chainsaw and special equipment to insert an artificial cavity into a pine tree at Apalachicola National Forest.
Eleanor Clark / WFSU-FM

People weren’t the only victims of Hurricane Michael. Endangered woodpeckers are in trouble following the storm and biologists are racing to keep the species alive.

A child in a costume and an adult walking together.
Haley Phelps / Unsplash

Halloween can be a particularly dangerous time for pedestrians, in part, due to the holiday’s high rate of drunk driving. 

A gas pump.
Mike Mozart / Flickr

Average gas prices in Florida are decreasing and could continue to drop in next few weeks. 

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers currently open in North Florida.

Disaster Recovery Centers in Gulf and Calhoun Counties are now open. That adds to the list of locations in North Florida where residents can get in-person help following Hurricane Michael. 

Trees knocked down during a storm.
Tom Flanigan

Wakulla County officials have approved a resolution that will allow for county pick up of Hurricane Michael debris from private roads, beginning as soon as possible. 

A screen within a car dashboard.

New technology is making cars safer, but reports from AAA indicate the technology is also raising repair bills and creating lazy drivers.

Graphic for Equality Florida's transgender advocacy group "TransAction Florida"
Equality Florida

The Trump Administration is considering defining gender as a person’s sex assigned at birth. The move comes at a time when LGBTQ advocacy groups across the nation are calling on politicians to pass heightened protections for transgender people. 

A wastewater treatment facility in North Florida.

Multiple wastewater spills have been confirmed in Northwest Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. The latest one is in Gulf County where sewage spilled into the Apalachicola River.

A damaged building in downtown Marianna, Florida.
Regan McCarthy / WFSU

Now a week after Hurricane Michael made landfall, many communities in Florida’s panhandle are reeling from the damage. FEMA officials continue to conduct search and rescue missions throughout the Florida Panhandle. The storm’s one hundred and fifty mile per hour winds devastated parts of the Southeast. 

Tallahassee's new GreenWise Market.
Eleanor Clark / WFSU-FM

Publix officially opened its GreenWise Market in Tallahassee’s Collegetown Thursday. It’s the first store of its kind for the company.

Police officers talk together.
City of Tallahassee

Democrats and Republicans are using Tallahassee’s crime rate in political attacks, but experts say that could mislead voters. Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is going after his opponent Andrew Gillum. He says the city’s crime rate has topped the state during Gillum’s term as mayor. 

A lionfish.
Naomi Tamar / Unsplash

A record-setting nearly 30,000 lionfish were removed from Florida waters during the 2018 Lionfish Challenge. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the winners of its annual challenge Thursday. The fish came from waters off eight Florida counties including Bay and Franklin.