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

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

As many businesses remain shut after Hurricane Irma flooded Jacksonville neighborhoods, their neighbors are stepping up to offer a portion of their sales to help them recover, now through the end of this month.

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"The Vietnam War" / PBS

“The Vietnam War” is a new, multi-part documentary film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and it debuted this week on WJCT Public Television.

At the same time, on 89.9 WJCT-FM, we’re bringing you stories of Vietnam veterans with ties to the First Coast. Their interviews were recorded and produced at WJCT Studios as part of the Community Hospice Veterans History Project.

Sherry Krol

The worst flooding in 150 years has left many in Northeast Florida without homes, businesses and cars.

Hurricane Irma arrived in the Jacksonville area just as a nasty nor’easter was leaving, and the one-two punch sent lifelong residents fleeing from storm surge much higher than anything they’d ever imagined.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

One of Jacksonville’s oldest malls is getting a massive makeover. Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said Roosevelt Square in Ortega is responding to changing trends.

David Luckin / WJCT

Last updated 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, 9/13

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Georgia Public Broadcasting

Camden County, Georgia, emergency management officials are asking drivers on I-95 to keep on moving and not stop in their county. 

There are no electricity, water, or sewer services, which is coupled with no fuel supply or accommodations available to serve the public. 

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Mayor Lenny Curry is strongly encouraging Jacksonville residents and visitors to observe safety warnings as flood waters continue to rise in low-lying ares near the St. Johns River. 

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Florida Storms

  • Frequent tornado warnings are being issued in Northeast Florida as Hurricane Irma treks northward. Residents are urged to get to the most interior part of their homes when a warning sounds because tornadoes can form extremely quickly under these conditions.  

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St. Vincent's

People with non-emergency medical issues during Hurricane Irma have a free way to visit with a doctor or nurse over video.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Drivers in Jacksonville are finding many gas stations are out of regular-grade gas — if there’s any at all. And roads are getting congested as mandatory evacuations in coastal areas have been ordered from the Florida Keys up to Southeast Georgia.

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David Luckin / WJCT

This post will be updated with the latest information on evacuations, shelters and closures for the First Coast. 

Florida Department of Transportation

The planned opening of the I-95 flyover ramp at J-Turner Butler Boulevard on Jacksonville’s Southside is being delayed.

Governor Rick Scott last week announced the ramp was set to open tomorrow (Wednesday), but a delay in the road striping process is keeping it from opening on time.

A news release from the Florida Department of Transportation says the opening is now set for later in the week, depending on possible impacts from Hurricane Irma.

The ramp will allow drivers on I-95 South who need to turn east on J-T-B to avoid waiting at a traffic light. 

House of Representatives

A former Daytona Beach state representative is facing up to 180 years in prison for using campaign funds personally.

Democrat Dwayne Taylor was convicted Thursday on nine counts of wire fraud.

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The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is among the chorus of voices calling for the city’s Confederate monuments to be inventoried.

Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said there’s a business case for better understanding the city’s past.