Jessica Palombo

News Director

News Director Jessica Palombo came to WJCT after years of reporting on state government for Florida Public Radio in Tallahassee. Among her accolades are a statewide Society of Professional Journalists award for Best Government Reporting and a regional Edward R. Murrow award for Best Continuing Coverage.

Jessica is no stranger to the River City or WJCT: She grew up in Jacksonville and freelanced at the station as a legislative reporter before going to Tallahassee. She also interned at NPR's "Weekends at All Things Considered" in Washington, D.C., helping produce two hours of national news and feature stories each week.

Jessica has a master's degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Florida. Her writing has appeared in publications including Jacksonville Magazine, Skirt! Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun.

Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JessicaPubRadio

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A 23-year-old Jacksonville man could get life in prison for a sexual battery that happened on the Carnival Cruise Ship Elation in February.

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Kristen Penoyer for Gilbert's

The number of food halls in the U.S. is expected to triple within the next five years.

As The Jaxson Editor in Chief Ennis Davis said, the First Coast is just beginning to get a taste of this dining trend, with a “mini” food hall at Jacksonville Beach: Gilbert’s.

Business Brief: Restaurant Openings; Winn-Dixie Tries To Reinvent Itself

Jun 22, 2018
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Keke's Breakfast Cafe via Facebook

Many new restaurants are coming to the First Coast.

That’s as a troubled local grocery chain is trying to reinvent itself.

Jacksonville Daily Record Editor Karen Mathis joined WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo to talk about these food trends in this week’s Business Brief.

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A Broward County judge, two judges from Jacksonville, and three Jacksonville attorneys are among the six candidates being forwarded to Gov. Rick Scott as he chooses a replacement for a retiring Nassau County judge.

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The process of interviewing applicants for a Northeast Florida judge seat will be allowed to proceed, after it was halted suddenly Monday by a court ruling out of Tallahassee.

The Jacksonville Daily Record

A committee interviewing applicants for a Northeast Florida judge seat Monday was halted in the middle of its work by an order from a Tallahassee judge.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Many Jacksonville hospitals are facing a critical need for blood – they have less than a day’s supply left on their shelves. 

That’s led the nonprofit LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to make an emergency plea for donors of all types, especially O negative. 

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This Thursday is the deadline for artists to apply to decorate part of downtown Jacksonville.

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Mark Wray

Downtown Jacksonville’s Union Street is about to get safer for pedestrians who cross at night.

A Democratic National Committee member and Florida State Democratic Committeeman from Jacksonville is stepping down after admitting to using racially insensitive language.

Cherisse Lamb

Duval County homeowners whose houses were damaged by last year’s hurricanes may be eligible for new assistance money from the state.

MARYBETH GARRISON

This Saturday on the First Coast and around the world students will take to the streets in a show of support for ending gun violence.

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Modern Cities

City leaders’ staying out of national politics could help Jacksonville flourish.  That’s one of the tips for successful cities coming out of a recent conference in Georgia.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

A beautiful Friday morning greeted the opening of the annual World of Nations celebration in downtown Jacksonville.

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Dominic Broadus

A Jacksonville father is searching for answers about his son’s death this month in Macclenny.

Dominic Broadus is inviting the Baker County community to discuss the mysterious shooting and share any tips they might have at a town hall Tuesday.

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