Valerie Crowder

Valerie Crowder is a freelance reporter based in Panama City, Florida. Before moving to Florida, she covered politics and education for Public Radio East in New Bern, North Carolina. While at PRE, she was also a fill-in host during All Things Considered.  She got her start in public radio at WAER-FM in Syracuse, New York, where she was a part-time reporter, assistant producer and host. She has a B.A. in newspaper online journalism and political science from Syracuse University. When she’s not reporting the news, she enjoys reading classic fiction and thrillers, hiking with members of the Florida Trail Association and doing yoga.  

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Two former Lynn Haven city officials are facing federal charges for allegedly paying two local contractors $5 million for Hurricane Michael cleanup that they never completed and then accepting kickbacks from those business owners. 

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A federal grand jury has indicted more than two dozen people in the Panhandle accused of illegally pocketing drought assistance money. 

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About 100 volunteers helped clean up neglected grave sites in Panama City on Saturday, as part of the city's first cemetery cleanup day since Hurricane Michael. 

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Hundreds gathered in Mexico Beach on Thursday to celebrate the community’s resiliency one year after Hurricane Michael decimated the small coastal town. 

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For the state’s largest teachers’ union, Gov. DeSantis’ proposed minimum salary increase for beginning teachers is “a starting point.” 

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At least 90% of structures in Panama City were damaged in Hurricane Michael. One year later, city officials are about to resume code enforcement actions, and residential property owners say they’re ready for the city to begin cracking down on neglected lots that pose a health and safety hazard to their neighborhoods.

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Mexico Beach is receiving the first grant from $25 million in state Hurricane Michael recovery aid that became available to communities in early September. 

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Tyndall Air Force officials are working out how they will execute a years-long series of construction projects to rebuild more than half of the military base. 

 

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As part of a statewide campaign to increase access to mental health services, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced on Thursday that K-12 students in every public school across six Northwest Florida counties can receive virtual counseling and psychiatric care without ever leaving campus.

 

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Bay County’s long-term recovery plan is heading to county commissioners for approval as deadlines for federal housing aid draw closer. 

 

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State Attorney General Ashley Moody is looking to local law enforcement agencies for guidance on improving mental health treatment for the state’s incarcerated people. 

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One hundred children in Bay County now have their own beds to sleep in at night. 

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Hundreds of people, including families, children and young adults, celebrated equality on Saturday at the largest LGBTQ pride event ever held in downtown Panama City. 

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Residents in Panama City are getting the chance to help shape how their hurricane-damaged town will look in the future.