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WFSU Recognized with 2013 Sunshine State Awards

SPJ Awards

WFSU News reporters Sascha Cordner, Lynn Hatter and Jessica Palombo have been recognized for their outstanding work with 2013 Sunshine State Awards from the South Florida Society of Professional Journalists.

Sascha Cordner won Best Government Reporting in the state for her report on laws relating to high-speed car chases ending in death. Earlier this year, she earned the Best Hard News Feature award from the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters. In addition to reporting, Sascha hosts "All Things Considered" every evening on WFSU News.

Reporter Lynn Hatter took home a third-place honor for Best Investigative Reporting for her piece on a state mental hospital nurse charged in the death of a pregnant patient’s baby. This spring, she also won the 2013 Best Light Feature award from the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters for a story on the under-utilization of summer food programs for low-income children. In addition to reporting for WFSU News, Lynn works in partnership with NPR and Kaiser Health News and has participated in NPR's Summer Learning Initiative.

And Jessica Palombo's reporting on Tropical Storm Debby and the flooding in Florida's panhandle earned her a third-place Sunshine State Award for Best General Coverage. Earlier this year, the same story won her a finalist award from the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters. And in 2010, the Syracuse Press Club recognized her for Best Radio Feature story by a college student. Jessica joined the WFSU News team in 2012 after an internship with NPR’s “Weekends at All Things Considered.”