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., working with then host Guy Raz and his brilliant staff to help produce two hours of national news features each week.

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

Jessica lives in Jacksonville with her husband and son.

Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter (@JessicaPubRadioand Facebook

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Joe Gratz via Flickr

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. 

Kumar Pictures, LLC for the Cultural Council

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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University of North Florida

The public is invited to the University of North Florida in Jacksonville Tuesday to give input on possible changes to the state’s constitution.

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Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University on Thursday announced a new fellowship program aimed at creating the city’s next African-American leaders.

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Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Two San Marco restaurants that were badly damaged Hurricane Irma are reopening this Thursday, Feb. 8, nearly five months after the St. Johns River flooded the Jacksonville neighborhood.

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Madeline Bryant via Twitter

A Florida State University freshman from Jacksonville is enjoying a moment of viral internet fame after her quest for love on Snapchat was picked up by national and international media this week.

The digital romance is known the world over as the story of "Beyonce Girl” and “Beyonce Boy.”

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