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.


The Florida Department of Transportation is getting ready to start a big resurfacing project in January.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

UPDATE: A second healthy female giraffe was born Friday, Nov. 24 at the zoo.

ORIGINAL STORY: Everyone at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has something extra special to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week.

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University of North Florida President John Delaney said in a statement Thursday the suspension against UNF student Ken Parker, who has a history as a white supremacist, has been lifted.

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Small Business Saturday is gaining a lot of momentum here on the First Coast.


The Florida Retail Federation is forecasting a holiday sales increase of three to three-and-a-half percent in the state, despite the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Irma. 

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If you would like to get some holiday shopping done on Black Friday but don’t have childcare, First Coast area YMCAs are offering to help.

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The University of North Florida is preparing for a potential rally Monday in support of suspended student Ken Parker, who has a history as a white supremacist. A counter-protest is also planned.

This week we’re discussing fighting the opioid crisis at Florida’s pharmacies along with paying claims and paying for cleaning up two months after Hurricane Irma. We also are looking at the opportunity and anxiety of our divided politics. 

Florida Blue Makes A Move To Combat Opioid Addiction

Florida Blue, the state’s biggest health insurer, says it will not cover Oxycontin prescriptions after January 1.

Will this move make a difference in stemming the tide of opioid overdoses?

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Jacksonville’s banking community is about to see another consolidation. 

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If you’ll be hitting the road this Thanksgiving you’ll have plenty of company, with an estimated 2.6 million Floridians expected to travel 50 miles or more.

Art Walk
Downtown Vision

The First Wednesday Art Walk in downtown Jacksonville is putting out the call to local artists to sign up now for 2018.

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Jacksonville-based will build a new six story office building with parking for 1,200 at 5379 Gate Parkway on the Southside. 

Jax Chamber

If you work downtown you may notice quite a few people headed toward the Jax Chamber building next to the Main Street Bridge this evening.

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The University of North Florida has suspended a student following a threatening social media message, UNF President John Delaney said Tuesday night.

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A large debt load is resulting in a string of news reports speculating about the future of Southeastern Grocers, which is headquartered in Jacksonville and operates Winn-Dixie and Harveys on the First Coast.