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

hands using St. Vincent's On Demand on a smartphone
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.

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.

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


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.

The Jaxson 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.

tram traveling down road
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

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

The Jaxson 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.


building exterior
Downtown Vision Inc

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


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