Brendan Rivers

Reporter

Reporter Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and later as News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates six radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.

Originally from Clifton Park, New York, Brendan moved to Florida with his family in high school and has been here ever since. He has a bachelor's degree in music from New College of Florida and an associate's degree in music production and technology from Daytona State College.

Brendan had anticipated pursuing a career as a composer, arranger, music producer, and recording engineer, but an internship at WGCU, the NPR and PBS member station in Fort Myers, convinced him he should pursue a career in radio and public broadcasting.

Left to right: Liston Gregory III on piano leading a jazz lesson with Isaiah Mac, 8, on drums and Ayanna Nelson, 13, on bass.
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The City of Jacksonville’s Kids Hope Alliance is offering mini grants for programs designed to fight youth violence, and organizations like Don’t Miss a Beat are benefiting from those dollars.

JEA building.
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In the November general election voters in Jacksonville will get the chance to tell the City Council whether or not they want their voices to be heard in any possible future discussions regarding the sale of the public utility company JEA.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis helps unload a truck filled with supplies for those affected by Hurricane Michael.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis was in Jacksonville Wednesday morning for a Hurricane Michael supply drive that was originally billed as a veteran round table campaign event.

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Members of Jacksonville’s Hispanic community got to meet with and hear from several candidates for state and federal offices at a forum on Tuesday night.

Duval Elections Supervisor building
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

Floridians who plan to vote in the November midterm election have until Tuesday, October 9th, to register.

Kenny Lamberti presents $100,000 grant to JHS CEO Denise Deisler (3rd from left) and Humane Society staff.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Humane Society was awarded a $100,000 grant on Friday for a new mentorship program aimed at helping other communities in Florida reach no-kill status.

Left to Right: Councilmembers Bill Gulliford, Terrance Freeman and Ju'Coby Pittman discussing homelessness in Jacksonville.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

City Council members attending a Thursday meeting agree more affordable housing options are needed to help fight homelessness in Jacksonville, but funding development projects could be difficult.

Left to Right: Visual artists Joseph Provenza and Kedgar Volta working at Castano Group's office in downtown Jacksonville.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Avant and the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) are hosting an audio visual concert at the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium this weekend, featuring new visual pieces by three local artists and performances by the New York-based jazz trio Rashanim and guest musician Jamie Saft, also from New York.

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With their search for an executive director ongoing, the board of directors for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (CCGJ) has decided to forego an interim director rather than appoint City Council candidate Michael Boylan.

Left to Right: Joyce Mahr (CEO of the Betty Griffin Center), Gail Patin (CEO of Hubbard House), Ana Martinez-Mullen (CEO of Quigley House) & Lauren Goode (Outreach & Community Engagement Director at Micah's Place) flanked by law enforcement officials.
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A new report shows that while there has been an overall decline in homicides, both nationally and locally, the rate of domestic violence homicides hasn’t improved.

Brenda Priestly Jackson's Facebook page and the Florida Times-Union

Brenda Priestly Jackson, an attorney and a former Duval County School Board member, is vowing to continue her fight against City Councilman Terrance Freeman's appointment by Governor Rick Scott, despite a judge dismissing her lawsuit.

Erin Gillespie speaking at Friday's launch of the Rebuild Florida Center in Jacksonville.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

On Friday, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) opened its Rebuild Florida Center in Jacksonville, offering aid to families who still need help repairing or rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Irma.

City Councilman Terrance Freeman
The Florida Times-Union

Terrance Freeman says the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging his appointment by Gov. Rick Scott to the Jacksonville City Council “opens the door” for his district to “move forward.”

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Democrat Andrew Gillum has a slight lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the upcoming Florida gubernatorial election while Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott are neck and neck in the Senate race, according to a new poll of likely voters from the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida.

Assorted pills.
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A new not-for-profit drug company, called Civica Rx, is looking to help combat drug shortages and rising prices with the help of health systems and hospitals across the nation, including several in Jacksonville.

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