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.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Facebook page / Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Police say they have a 16-year-old suspect in custody in connection with last Friday’s shooting after a Raines High School football game, which left one dead and two wounded.

Of the 12 people who were shot at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday, ten survived and were treated at Memorial Hospital and UF Health Jacksonville.

CAN Community Health

A new HIV clinic is open on Jacksonville’s Southside.

JTA

Several local agencies are trying to get a $25 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fund what’s been dubbed the Bay Street Innovation Corridor in Jacksonville.

Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

Elite Airways has announced it is canceling service between Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST) in St. Augustine, Rochester International Airport (RST) in Minnesota and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in Arizona.

JAX Chamber

The JAX Chamber hosted its 5th annual Tech Coast Conference on Wednesday, featuring a new $2,500 IT scholarship which was awarded to two University of North Florida freshmen.

Curaleaf

Curaleaf opened its first Jacksonville-area medical marijuana dispensary on the city’s Westside on Tuesday.

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Several bars and breweries have found themselves at odds with the Florida Department of Health over a recent crackdown on a rule that prohibits pets inside businesses that serve food.

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan says he is talking to the University of North Florida about a potential early voting site on the campus for the November elections, but it’s unlikely to happen due to logistical issues.

Exterior of Jacksonville City Hall.
Joslyn Simmons / WJCT

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is asking the city to increase its investment in arts and culture by more than $1 million. 

The LostChild's Gallery / Flickr.com

Students attending four Jacksonville colleges and universities could reap the rewards of a $100,000 donation gifted to the city by the King of Pop 34 years ago.

dog in bar
Dun.can via Flickr

The Florida Department of Health in Duval County is reminding bar owners that pets are not allowed inside facilities that serve food or beverages.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Monday evening he will not step down from his position to be Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis’ running mate.

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Early voting is officially underway in Duval County in this month’s primary elections, and voter turnout is expected to be on the rise.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Wikimedia Commons

The Florida Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval) announced Thursday morning that there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in the area.

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