Bill Bortzfield


Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.

He was the homepage editor for and worked on projects that included an automotive column and podcast, along with handling assignments such as elections and special web sections.

He's covered stories ranging from presidents and community leaders to hurricane preparations and beyond.

Bill also worked as the Digital Director at First Coast News, overseeing the stations' website, apps and social media platforms. 

He got his start as a TV news producer, working at stations including KRIV-Fox 26 in Houston, where he also served as the assistant news director and at KESQ-ABC 3 in Palm Desert, Calif., where he was the station's news director.

Married with two grown children, Bill enjoys cars, motorcycles, and most importantly - family and friends.

El Faro hull underwater
The National Transportation Safety Board

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed legislation to address maritime safety issues raised by the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship in October 2015 that departed Jacksonville en route to Puerto Rico.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Construction is well underway for new a 60-foot-6-inch tall digital marquee next to Daily’s Place amphitheater along Gator Bowl Boulevard.

Visit Jacksonville

The Double-A Jumbo Shrimp baseball team has approved a long-term lease extension with the city that is expected to keep the team at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville through at least the 2033 season.

247homerescue / Wikimedia Commons

Private wells around Naval Air Station Jacksonville have been found to be within EPA guidelines. 

Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

Here are some numbers that help explain all the apartment construction going on around town.

U.S. Postal Service; National Postal Museum via Wikimedia Commons & Google

If you haven’t already – it’s time to register to vote in advance of Florida’s November 6 general election.

Google is honoring the late Fred Rogers and his long-running PBS show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Friday with a Doodle.

Ryan Ketterman / Visit Jacksonville

New unemployment figures out Friday show Jacksonville’s unemployment rate is continuing to improve.


From comics and movies to the campy Batman TV series of the 1960s, the history of superheroes will be on display beginning Saturday at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History.

Foreground: Jessie Ball duPont Fund / Background: Jessica Palumbo, WJCT News

One of Jacksonville’s best known nonprofits will soon have a new leader.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be giving the public an update Thursday evening on plans to restore Big Fishweir Creek in Jacksonville’s Avondale area.

Spirit Airlines

Another airline is setting up shop at the Jacksonville International Airport (JIA).

Barrington Development

Renderings for a downtown Jacksonville resort at the site of the never-completed Berkman II have been released.

Skyline photo: RYAN KETTERMAN / VISIT JACKSONVILLE, 5G graphic: Nicosariego / Wikimedia Commons

This week AT&T announced Jacksonville will be one of five additional cities in the U.S. to get its next-generation 5G before the end of the year.


You might not think Jacksonville’s medical community could get excited about a smartwatch but you’d be wrong.