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 focusing on education and health care. She's an an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiatives.  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.

This photo provided by James Lally shows a funnel-shaped cloud on I-10 near Marianna, Fla., Sunday, March 3, 2019. Numerous tornado warnings were posted across parts of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina on Sunday afternoon as the powerful storm
James Lally / Associated Press (AP)

The National Weather services has upgraded the strength of tornados that struck North Florida and South Georgia over the weekend. 

two firefighters walking on burned trees covered with smoke
Benjamin Kerensa / Unsplash

Firefighters are at a greater risk of developing cancer than others. According to federal research, they’re also at greater risk from dying from it. But cancer isn’t explicitly part of their insurance coverage in Florida. An effort in the state legisalture is underway to change that and momentum is beginning to build. 

Monroe County Board of County Commissioners / facebook

Florida’s insurance industry has tried for years to reign in a practice known as assignment of benefits—where a property owner signs over payment of a claim directly to a contractor or service provider. The fight is back. This time, spearheaded by state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.

A series of solar panels outlined against a bright blue sky, with clouds. The sun shines down on the solar panels in this solar farm.
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Florida A&M University is partnering with Duke Energy to build a 600-800 acre solar farm on the school’s property near Tampa. FAMU stands to get up to 680,000 a year once the project is operational.

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey says it’s not the city commission’s duty to get involved with personnel decisions. This comes after County Commissioner Bill Proctor called for police Chief Mike DeLeo to be suspended.

Tallahassee Police Chief Mike DeLeo
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM, WFSU News

Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor wants the city of Tallahassee to suspend Police Chief Mike DeLeo. Proctor accuses DeLeo of racially discriminating against TPD employees and cites a complaint accusing the police chief of disrespecting members of the city and county commission among other current and past Tallahassee employees. 

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft speaks to fans during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C.
Chuck Burton / Associated Press (AP)

Prostitution charges for the owner of the New England Patriots and the former CEO of Citibank are just the surface of an investigation into a human trafficking ring in Central and South Florida. The arrests of 25 men including the two businessmen is once again drawing attention to sex trafficking in massage parlors.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has rescinded even more of Governor Rick Scott’s appointments. So far, more than 200 people have taken off of state boards and commissions by the new governor. 

Triumph Gulf Coast has approved $15 million  to help four Hurricane battered North Florida counties deal with property tax losses. 

A view from the docks in the Apalachicola Bay.
Jason Tereska / WFSU News

Florida State University is getting $8 million  to study how to revive the Apalachicola Bay. The Board overseeing a settlement with BP from the 2010 oil spill approved the proposal Monday.

A shrimp boat heads out into the Apalachicola Bay.
Jason Tereska / WFSU News

Florida State University could get $8 million to come up with a plan to revitalize Franklin County’s Apalachicola Bay. A decade of natural and man-made disasters have crippled it, and by extension the community that depends on it. 

John Dailey speaks into a microphone as he looks out at the press.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey is nearing the end of his first 100 days in office and he’s trying to change the way the city is run. 

Sen. Lauren Book discusses her annual "Walk in My Shoes" event to highlight sexual abuse and human trafficking. 3/5/18
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Sex trafficking survivors and their advocates are divided on a measure aimed at identifying victims. Lynn Hatter reports the proposal requires hotel staff and law enforcement officers undergo training to recognize trafficking and for hotel workers to report potential cases.

Florida lawmakers have stripped language out of a sanctuary city bill that would have penalized local officials who favor such policies. But the measure’s sponsor,  Republican Senator and state GOP Chairman Joe Gruters, says its goal is still the same.

An effort to ban fracking in Florida is moving through the legislature. The proposal cleared its first two committees Wednesday. But the House’s plan is drawing concerns.

Jefferson Somerset students along with school board member  ___ interact in this undated photo.
Jefferson Somerset Academy / Jefferson County Schools

Two years after being forced to become the state’s first and only Charter School District, North Florida’s Jefferson County is being touted as a model for improvement. Now Jefferson Somerset Academy is sharing what its learned so far with members of a House Education Committee.

Florida is getting closer to its goal of clearing a backlog of more than 13,000 untested rape kits. The state has managed to cut the figure by half.

BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig on fire in 2010.
US Coast Guard

The board controlling billions of dollars from a settlement over the 2010 BP Oil Spill meets Friday to decide whether to establish a separate fund for Hurricane Michael. There’s momentum building for leveraging the oil spill money to help the panhandle recover from the storm.

Vessels operate in the area of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. BP officials have placed a containment cap over the leak in hopes that the flow of oil will be diminished.
Dave Martin / Associated Press (AP)

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is floating the possibility of using money from a settlement over the 2010 BP Oil Spill as leverage to help North Florida recover from one of the strongest Hurricanes in a generation. The discussion comes as the region  faces a recovery that could take a decade or more.

Marianna tree fallen hurricane michael
Shawn Mulcahy / WFSU

Northwest Florida is the site of two of the worst natural disasters in U.S. History: the 2010 BP Oil Spill and last year’s devastating Hurricane Michael. State lawmakers are floating the possibility of using some of the oil spill settlement money to help the region recover from the storm.

In this Oct. 23, 2018 photo, Mark Ward surveys the destruction of his neighbor's mobile home in Bay County, Fla. Ward and his neighbors say that the rural parts of the county have seen little help since Hurricane Michael.
AP Photo / Tamara Lush

Bay County is trying to speed up its recovery from Hurricane Michael and it's reaching out for recommendations from businesses. 


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Two Leon County students have been arrested for threatening to shoot their classmates. The Leon County Sheriffs office says the teens discussed the idea through an internal school app.

The Everglades
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Last year, a judge ruled the Florida legislature ran afoul of a constitutional amendment directing a certain amount of money be set aside for environmental spending. It seemed like a victory for environmentalists.  the amendment’s backers have filed a brief in an appeal of the case, saying the judge may have overstepped.

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The City of Tallahassee has issued a traffic advisory for Monday and Tuesday, as Inauguration events for Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis get underway. Several downtown roads will be shut down.

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The Florida Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit over whether the legislature is upholding its constitutional obligation to provide a high quality system of education. That means the long-running fight spearheaded by the group Citizens for Strong Schools, is over.

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