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, where he also served as the assistant news director and at KESQ-ABC 3, where he was the station's news director.

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

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

One of the original restaurant tenants in the second phase of the St. Johns Town Center has closed.


The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is planning to suspend all service Wednesday night at 9 based on the path of the winter storm.


While Duval County public schools remain closed for winter break, several private schools and the Alachua County schools announced that were expected to reopen Wednesday and announce they will remain closed. 

The Salvation Army

Jacksonville’s homeless shelters are remaining open overnight during this week’s cold snap, offering a warm, safe place to eat and sleep for those in need.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Nassau and Baker Counties in Florida, and for all of southeast Georgia Wednesday,  where a significant accumulation of ice and snow are expected.

North Florida Land Trust

Homes along Black Creek in Clay County were among some of the hardest hit by the flooding that followed Hurricane Irma. 

Felicia Willems via Sen. Nancy Pelosi / Wikimedia Commons

If you need health insurance through the Affordable Care Act you still have a few days to enroll.

Rob Bixby / Flickr

With New Year’s Eve and the Taxslayer Bowl fast approaching, there’s plenty to do downtown between now and the end of the year. 

Michelle Corum

The Pétanque Amelia Island Open and annual Dickens on Centre helped brighten the fall and holiday seasons for Amelia Island merchants.

CSX and Wikimedia Commons

After just a little more than a week on the job as acting CEO at CSX, Jim Foote has been named the Jacksonville railroad's new leader.


So far this year The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has stopped 39 guns from making it onto Jacksonville flights, which is a new record. In fact, record numbers of guns have been stopped at airports across the state.

The San Marco Train / Via Twitter

The San Marco Train, a lively voice on Twitter's slow lane went off the rails Thursday.

Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News

UPDATE: Full connectivity has been restored.

ORIGINAL STORY: WJCT is currently experiencing some connectivity issues as we upgrade our Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

It’s been a very busy holiday season for new arrivals at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Via Sen. Jack Latvala's Twitter page

State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, has announced he is resigning following a scathing report that alleged he not only violated rules regarding sexual harassment but he should also be investigated for possible public corruption.