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.

Republic Services

When it comes to recycling in Jacksonville, what some of us were taught years ago no longer applies. Why does that matter? 

"One dirty item can contaminate an entire truckload, so make sure recyclables are empty, clean and dry," says the website of recycling contractor Republic Services.

David Luckin / WJCT

Two Jacksonville-area hospitals are opening their doors to patients being evacuated from facilities in the path of Hurricane Florence while Florida utility crews make their way to the Carolinas.

Via City of St. Augustine

St. Augustine city leaders asked for the public’s help in figuring out what to do with the old Waterworks Building on San Marco Avenue and received plenty of opinions.

Jacksonville flooding
Robert Torbert

Although current tracks have Hurricane Florence staying well north of Jacksonville, the River City remains in a vulnerable position when it comes to storms.

Cher is one busy lady.

Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Joseph M. Buliavac / U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a statistic that may surprise older parents and those without children.


The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) board has approved a plan called MOVE.

Both major party nominees for governor announced their picks for lieutenant governor Thursday morning.

Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez / Wikimedia Commons

A feral cat has tested positive to rabies in the Doctors Lake area of Orange Park, prompting the Florida Department of Health in Clay County to issue a rabies advisory.

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic is continuing its expansion in Jacksonville.

White Oak Conservation

Two critically endangered whooping cranes raised in Nassau County have been flown along with their parents and released to the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Wisconsin.

Michelle Corum / WJCT News

The St. Johns River was closed Tuesday as crews begin replacing the terminal bridges and performing maintenance over the next eight weeks.


With Gordon expected to become a hurricane and headed to the U.S. Gulf Coast, analysts are keeping a close eye on the nation’s oil refineries.

Left: U.S. Mint, Right: RyderAce/Wikimedia Commons

The United States Mint has released a new quarter featuring Cumberland Island, Ga. on the back.


After the holiday weekend is over, motorists who use the St. Johns Ferry will have to take the long way around to cross the St. Johns River.