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. 

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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.

red flags at the beach near Jacksonville
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.

monument
Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

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.


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