Jessica Palombo

Editorial Director

Editorial Director Jessica Palombo leads digital and broadcast news and podcasts at WJCT. She joined WJCT as News Director in 2014 after 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 heading to Tallahassee. Fun fact: She was also the original co-host of Deemable Tech, although that short-lived gig mercifully never aired. She has also worked as an intern at NPR's Weekends at All Things Considered in Washington, D.C., and as an editor at The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun

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, Experience Magazine, and Skirt! Magazine.

She lives in Jacksonville with her husband and two kids.

Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP


Nearly 2,000 St. Johns County COVID-19 vaccine appointments were claimed Thursday morning within an hour.

rendering of the development
The Jaxson

The amount of foot traffic in Downtown Jacksonville fell to an all-time low last year, as the pandemic slowed the growth of downtowns across the country.

If you live in the Hampton Glen subdivision on Jacksonville’s Southside and you thought the thunderstorm that tore through Jacksonville on Christmas Eve seemed especially intense, you were right.

Person with gloves on holding a vaccine in their hand, about to flick it with their finger.
Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press

Duval County residents 65 and older and health care workers with direct exposure to patients can call the health department to get vaccinated against coronavirus starting Wednesday morning, Dec. 30.

Matt Slocum / AP Photo

Clay County announced on Tuesday it will be giving residents 65 and older and health care workers COVID-19 vaccines by appointment, starting Monday, Jan. 4.

Duval County Mask Mandate Extended Into January

Dec 24, 2020
Face masks hanging on a cabinet
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Mayor Lenny Curry has extended Duval County’s mask mandate through at least Jan. 25, according to WJCT News partner News4Jax.

DeSantis Breaks With CDC, Puts Vaccine Focus On Seniors Over Essential Workers

Dec 23, 2020
Chris O'Meara / AP Photo

Five more people are confirmed to have died from coronavirus in Duval County since Tuesday, and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Duval jumped by nearly 700 overnight. And with two days until Christmas, more than 320 people in the county remain hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.

corn bread, mac-n-cheese and greens on a plate
Ennis Davis / The Jaxson

With an extensive and rich Gullah Geechee heritage, Jacksonville’s Black culinary roots run deep.

Silver Airways plane on runway
Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Silver Airways on Tuesday announced new nonstop service with flights from Jacksonville to Tampa and Fort Lauderdale beginning in December. 

City of Jacksonville / Via News4Jax

Mayor Lenny Curry announced Tuesday afternoon he’s extending the city’s mask mandate for another 30 days, making the new expiration date Thursday, Nov. 26.

Trump and Biden

With the election approaching next Tuesday, both presidential campaigns are trying to drum up support in the battleground of Florida this week.

The Jaxson: Shopping Malls Must Adapt Or Fail

Sep 24, 2020
empty mall hallway
Ennis Davis / The Jaxson

More than one-third of the shopping malls across the country could close within the next year. Many mall owners will be forced to adapt their properties for new uses or fail.

JWB Real Estate Company via The Jaxson

On Thursday, Jacksonville’s Downtown Development Review Board will consider plans to convert two historic buildings into mixed-use developments, part of a plan to bring density and vibrancy to the Hogan Street corridor.


A 22-year-old Duval County man is among the 100 new coronavirus deaths the state of Florida reported Friday.

backhoe sits atop large sand pile in front of crumbling building
The Jaxson

The Jacksonville City Council is expected to be asked soon to approve a plan by the Downtown Investment Authority that’s meant to save historic buildings from the wrecking ball.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The city of Jacksonville will be removing its Confederate monuments and markers, the mayor announced last week.

So what should happen to them next?

Ennis Davis and Bill Delaney with the Jaxson weigh in on this edition of The Jaxson on WJCT.

hands holding a box of Narcan spray
Matt Rourke / Associated Press

Duval County saw a 25% increase in overdose 911 calls from mid-March until now, year over year.

empty sidewalk with orange cones in front of store door
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Re-Open Florida Task Force has launched a public comment submission portal open to all Floridians.


Updated: This story was updatd on Monday, April 20, with the new dedicated phone number to request a thermometer.

The city of St. Augustine plans to start its smart thermometer distribution project on Tuesday, April 21, by first targeting people who work with the public and families with multiple children. Residents are asked to call the city to see whether they qualify for a free thermometer.


A 56-year-old St. Johns County man who traveled to Louisiana has died of coronavirus, according to the latest state health department numbers.

Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

WJCT on Wednesday launched the Jacksonville Music Experience, a set of new music services that include HD Radio and internet radio stations, live performances on Facebook, television shows and a new podcast produced in partnership with Void Magazine.

exterior of Florida Blue retail center
Florida Blue

Updated at 1:22 on April 14 to reflect that the April 14 job fair is full.

While record numbers of people are applying for unemployment benefits in Florida, some companies are hiring hundreds of people in Jacksonville.

Melissa Ross / WJCT News

Between the federally run and city-run drive-through testing sites in Jacksonville, more than 3,200 people have been tested for coronavirus so far.

Mayor Curry alongside emergency personnel in the city.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

An executive order by Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry went into effect Tuesday at 8 a.m. 

Brynn Anderson / AP Photo

As of March 15, the state of Florida has expanded its criteria for coronavirus testing to allow doctors to test at their discretion.

exterior of Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville
Memorial Hospital

On Wednesday, the CDC announced new guidelines for coronavirus testing in the U.S.: Doctors can now approve testing at their discretion and are no longer limited to recommending it for patients who’d traveled out of the country or been exposed to a known case.  

Aubrey Holland, performs tests at the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories on Monday, March 2, 2020, in Miami, where the COVID-19 virus is being tested at the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories.
Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

Jacksonville-area hospitals are taking extra precautions against the new coronavirus — though there are no confirmed cases in Northeast Florida.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Jacksonville has the state’s highest rate of registered sex offenders or predators without a permanent address.

mugshot of Hoover
Pinellas County Courts

A 30-year-old St. Augustine man is being held in Pinellas County after being arrested for allegedly burglarizing the home of pop star Taylor Swift’s dad’s home in January.

cover of the voters' guide
St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections via Facebook

While schools and government offices in St. Johns County will be closed Monday for Presidents Day, it will be business as usual for folks who work in that county’s elections office. 

Elections Supervisor Vicky Oakes said she chose to stay open on the federal holiday to accommodate voters.