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 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 and her husband, Andrew, live in Jacksonville with their two cats, Bunny and Starlord. 

Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter (@JessicaPubRadioand Facebook

Kelton Givens

Many Northeast Florida residents headed outside for a glimpse of Monday afternoon’s solar eclipse, but mostly-cloudy skies blocked much of the show.

Mayport shrimp
Bob via Flickr

When city planners talk about “place making,” they mean transforming a space to promote public health, happiness and well-being.

Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said three place making projects in Mayor Curry’s proposed budget have the potential to drastically transform three of the city’s neighborhoods.

 

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Updated 12:05 p.m. Saturday: 

Two Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police officers are expected to recover after they were shot while responding to a call Friday night.  What started as a domestic incident also left a man dead after the shootout with police.

Jacksonville City Hall
Ray Hollister

Jacksonville elected officials would be able to serve 12 consecutive years instead of eight, if a bill passes the City Council on Tuesday.

Opponents of the legislation are touting a new poll that suggests most Jacksonville residents oppose more time in office.

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Jacksonville Transportation Authority

A conductor-less train is being tested in China, with plans to take on passengers starting next year.

Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said the groundbreaking autonomous train has smaller-scale, slower cousins already moving through the streets of downtown Jacksonville.


security camera
Ervins Strauhmanis via Flickr

An 18-year-veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office faces possible termination after his arrest Tuesday.

Officer Thomas McDonald was arrested for simple battery after he was caught on video inappropriately touching a woman’s breast at Five Points bar Birdie's early on Sunday morning.

Uber app on screen
Flickr Creative Commons

Travelers who book an Uber or Lyft to pick them up from the Jacksonville Airport will soon have to pay a fee.

Ennis Davis / Modern Cities

A set of vacant warehouses in Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood is being transformed into an arts school and walkable arts district.


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Downtown Vision Inc

The city of Jacksonville is launching a program to help small-business owners wade through city permitting and other pitfalls.


Firehouse Subs interior
DCawton

Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said that two Jacksonville-based sandwich chains are adapting to diners’ changing tastes in two different ways.


aerial photo of highway project
Florida Department of Transportation

The massive Overland Bridge construction project on I-95 in downtown Jacksonville is set to wrap up in a couple of months.

Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said a new exit at Atlantic Boulevard is expected to spur development around San Marco and St. Nicholas.


Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

As Jacksonville travelers make their summer plans, thousands of their winged neighbors are getting ready for an epic journey of their own to Brazil.


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Google Maps

Jacksonville’s public utility, JEA, wants to build a new headquarters downtown, and it’s working with the city to pave the way.


Lyft car
Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr

Ride-for-hire services like Lyft and Uber will have to comply with statewide rules, and religious expression at public schools will be explicitly protected in Florida, under new laws that go into effect Sat., July 1.

The changes are among 125 revisions the state Legislature passed and Gov. Rick Scott approved this year.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Jacksonville police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man suspected of sexually battery on a teenage girl late on the night of Sat., June 24.

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