Jessica Lipscomb is a staff writer for Miami New Times and a self-identifying and enthusiastic Florida Woman. Born and raised in Orlando, she graduated from the University of Florida with a major in journalism. She has been a finalist for the Scripps Howard Ernie Pyle Award and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and is the winner of a national Society for Features Journalism award.
2 months ago | Longform
In a broken-down speedboat off the coast of Cuba, Marty and Dana Gottesfeld watched the sun creep closer to the horizon. Salty wind whipped Dana's chestnut-colored hair as her husband buckled himself into an orange life jacket. The facts were star...
2 months ago | Broward News
While you've been sitting at your stupid desk all week, thousands of sunburned Midwesterners have been bonging beer and Instagramming selfies at the beach for spring break. It's unfair, but you can't blame them for taking advantage of the weeklong...
3 months ago | Broward News
This past Friday, Bill Todhunter was bringing in the trash cans from the driveway when he heard his wife screaming. He left the cans and rushed out back to the couple's deck at their home overlooking Port Everglades. There, just a short distance a...
3 months ago | Longform
Into the quiet, a voice rang out amid the trees. "Everyone remain in prayer!" a man in a brown jacket instructed. "Keep your prayers focused! Keep your intentions pure!" Beneath the blue Suwannee County sky, someone tapped out a beat on a tribal d...
3 months ago | Palm Beach News
Fueled in part by President Donald Trump's flame-throwing speeches, the number of hate groups in the United States rose for the second year in a row, according to a new analysis released last week by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
4 months ago | Longform
With a confident grin, Mark Gold strides into a Broward County courtroom and waltzes up to a podium. Dressed in a dark suit and silver striped tie, the five-foot-five attorney tells Chief Magistrate Brenda Di Ioia that his client, a man caught spe...