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Jessica Palombo

Hi, this is Jessica Palombo, news director at WJCT, Jacksonville's NPR station.


Before accepting the position of news director at WJCT in Jacksonville, Jessica was most recently a reporter in Tallahassee, Florida, at NPR member station WFSU. She covered Florida government, statewide issues and events in the Big Bend. And before that, she interned with "Weekends at All Things Considered" at NPR and WAMU News, both in Washington, D.C. Jessica Palombo has a master's degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. When she's not reporting, she enjoys acting in films and plays, drawing, playing board games and cooking vegan food.

Jessica Palombo's Background

Jessica Palombo's Experience

Reporter/Producer at WFSU, Tallahassee's NPR Station

June 2012 - Present | Tallahassee, FL

I report about Florida government from the capital; Cover local Tallahassee news; Produce in-depth feature pieces; Fill-in anchor for newscasts; File occasional pieces, spots and vox for NPR national network

Freelance Radio Reporter at WJCT-FM News

January 2012 - May 2012 | Jacksonville, Fla.

I covered the Jacksonville area for 89.9 WJCT-FM and legislative issues for Captial Report on the statewide Florida Public Radio Network.

Production Intern, Weekends at All Things Considered at NPR

September 2011 - December 2011 | Washington, D.C.

I researched and pitched story ideas; booked guests for interviews; helped manage and judge the Three-Minute Fiction contest; gathered sound for air; did tape syncs of off-site interview guests; mixed audio for air; wrote segment scripts; produced Bill Maher book segment; co-hosted Fall 2011 Intern Edition show; produced original feature story that aired on WAMU's Metro Connection.

Reporter (Internship) at WAMU-FM 88.5 News

July 2011 - August 2011 | Washington, D.C.

I reported on arts and culture and general news in the D.C., Northern Va., and Maryland areas. I also produced a feature story for the award-winning public affairs show Metro Connection.

Instructional Associate at Newhouse School, Syracuse University

August 2010 - April 2011 | Syracuse, N.Y.

I assisted Professor Makana Chock and Department Head Brad Gorham in teaching the Communication and Society course. I wrote and graded current events quizzes, graded term papers and held office hours.

Freelance Writer/ Editor at Various Contract Positions

2007 - 2011

My essay titled "Selling Out" appeared in the September 2009 issue of skirt! Magazine (natl. publication); I formatted and copy-edited the employee handbook for Smart Solutions Inc. (Ohio-based technology co.); copy-edited the final draft of UF's 2007 Journal of Technology Law and Policy (~150 pages); wrote blogs about Jacksonville neighborhoods for RentWiki.com; wrote four travel advertorials about the Central Florida region for TRAVELHOST magazine

Communications Manager at Lifeware TEK

June 2009 - June 2010 | St. Augustine, Fla.

I wrote press releases; blogged daily about the foodservice industry; used Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MeetUp to promote our brand; wrote Web copy for both software applications and public landing pages; wrote scripts and narrated promotional and instructional videos; appeared on camera as product spokesperson; worked at trade shows; and wrote ad copy for printed brochures.

Campus Edition Editor at Gainesville Sun

2008 - 2008 | Gainesville, Fla.

I assigned stories to reporters; reviewed submissions for publication potential; edited accepted stories for AP style, grammar, and thoroughness; and made daily decisions about which stories to run and which art to use in paper.

Editorial Intern at Jacksonville Magazine

2007 - 2007 | Jacksonville, Fla.

I wrote four feature-length stories (focused on topics of arts and travel) and a calendar of events; proofread pages for other writers; researched answers to readers' questions for "Answer Girl" column; and wrote several short pieces on local restaurants, wine and kitchen gadgets.

Online News Editor at Newszine (weekly online magazine)

2007 - 2007 | Gainesville, Fla.

I selected and edited copy; resized photos from Associated Press wire service; edited Newszine website with Textpattern content management system; wrote HTML and CSS code; and produced digital video and Sound Slides presentations for web.

Office Manager at Florida Scholastic Press Association

2006 - 2007 | Gainesville, Fla.

I edited and designed quarterly newsletters and brochures using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop; helped plan and execute annual convention for more than 1,000 high school journalists; judged/proctored journalism contests; answered phones; and wrote memos to FSPA director.

News Copy Editing Intern at The Florida Times Union

2006 - 2006 | Jacksonville, Fla.

I edited and proofed copy for nine community publications and occasionally for main edition; fact-checked, trimmed and edited local and wire copy for AP and Times-Union style; and wrote headlines and photo captions.

Stringer; Reporting Intern at The Gainesville Sun

January 2007 - December 2007 | Gainesville, Fla.

I filed stories for university, features and local news sections; covered several evening events on deadline for next day's paper. Favorite interview subject: comedian Mo Rocca

Jessica Palombo's Education

Syracuse University

2010 – 2011

M.S., Broadcast and Digital Journalism

Activities: Graduate teaching assistant for the Communications Department Chairman; Reporting Intern at WAER-FM News (Won Best Radio Feature Story- College Level of 2010)


University of Florida

2006 – 2008

B.S., Journalism

Concentration: Print Journalism; Outside Concentration in Sociology

Activities: Co-editor, Campus Sun (Daily edition of The Gainesville Sun); Stringer, The Gainesville Sun and the Independent Florida Alligator; UF Student Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists; Office Manager for the Florida Scholastic Press Association


Florida State University

2004 – 2006

N/A

Concentration: English

Activities: FSU Honors Program; teaching assistant for Sociology of The Family undergraduate course


Jessica Palombo's Interests & Activities

journalism, broadcasting, radio, acting, science, music, singing, reading, vegan cooking, travel

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