Cyd Hoskinson

Reporter / Host, "All Things Considered"

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011. 

Among her many accomplishments, she hosted and produced a children’s radio show called "Balloons"; covered the Ted Bundy trial and, later, the Atlanta child murder trials; co-wrote, researched and produced "Flyers of Fortune," a radio documentary about an American pilot, who fought in the Spanish Civil War; co-produced a storytelling festival Telling Tales, at the Carter Center in Atlanta; interviewed former President Jimmy Carter, Coretta Scott King, Hosea Williams, Andrew Young, newspaper columnist Sydney J. Harris, Joan Fontaine and celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

Cyd is also a big fan of modern audio drama and, before coming to Jacksonville, she served on the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company’s Board of Directors.

She has a degree in elementary education from Florida State University — everything else she’s picked up along the way.

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The city’s planned Day Resource Center for homeless men and women is getting a major influx of cash to help with construction. Wells Fargo announced Monday it will donate $70,000 to the project. 

It's expected to cost around $180,000 to turn the small, 3,000 square foot, windowless building behind the City Rescue Mission on State Street into a place where homeless people can go during the day.

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89.9 WJCT is participating in the American Graduate project supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  The goal of American Graduate is to reverse the national drop out crisis by identifying and then addressing the factors that cause students to leave school early.

Last month, we brought you the story of 19-year old Andre Williams, a senior at Sandalwood High School. Williams has spent the last month at Grand Park Educational Center, the school of last resort for high school students who’ve broken one too many rules.

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The pair of explosions that killed three people and injured more than 140 others near the Boston Marathon finish line Monday may have struck fear in the hearts of Jacksonville runners. It’s unlikely, though, to stop them from doing what they love. 

Jacksonville runner Jason Toney works at 1st Place Sports.  He says his goal has always been to participate in the Boston Marathon, and Monday’s explosions aren’t going to change that. If anything, it could make him even more determined to get there.

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African American author and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston is best known for her 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the shooting death Saturday morning of 13 year old Titania Mitchell. Mitchell was reportedly visiting family members at a house in the 11300 block of Riverstone Way when she was shot once.  Police have said that Titania was one of five children who were alone in the house at the time of the shooting, and that her death may have been an accident.

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The Matthews Bridge celebrated its 60th Anniversary Saturday with a rededication ceremony at the foot of the bridge in Arlington. 

Although tens-of-thousands of vehicles cross the Matthews Bridge every day, it’s unusual to see groups of people walking across it. But that’s exactly what you would have seen Saturday morning after Old Arlington, Inc. president Steve Matchett wrapped up the ceremony. 

"When the ribbon is cut, that's your signal that you can walk onto the bridge."

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The University of North Florida is throwing itself a big party tonight to celebrate the success of a 4-year long fundraising campaign that exceeded its goal by $20 million. 

The goal of UNF’s Power of Transformation fundraiser was to raise $110 million by the end of 2012.  University President John Delaney says it was a gamble.

"We announced in 2009 that we were going to kick off a capital campaign and we debated - because that was in the throes of the recession - whether or not we should go forward with it."

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Denver, Colorado-based Community Development Institute today took over the day-to-day management of Jacksonville's Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

The programs had been run by the Jacksonville Urban League until yesterday, when the federal Office of Head Start suspended the organization for a minimum of thirty days citing a pattern of safety violations at some of the child-development centers.

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89.9 WJCT is participating in the American Graduate project supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  The goal of American Graduate is to reverse the national drop out crisis by identifying and then addressing the factors that cause students to leave school early.

"I’m Vivica Brown.  I’m the principal over our youth development programs as well as Weldon Academy which is at the old James Weldon Johnson Building.

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Nearly a thousand people, the vast majority of them women, gathered at the University of North Florida’s Fine Arts Center for the second annual Generation W Conference today.

The gathering was a veritable empowerment zone for women of all ages: from those just starting out in life to those who'd been there, done that and were ready to move on to something new.

Generation W founder Donna Orender:

"It starts with yourself.  You have to believe you have the capability."

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School Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti’s plan to create what he calls "a college going culture" in each of Duval County's public high schools may have to be scaled back if state lawmakers get their way.

Vitti wants more students to participate in the dual enrollment program where students can take college classes and earn college credits for free while they're still in high school.

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Tobacco Free Florida Week turns five years old this month.

The program, Tobacco Free Florida, is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign that educates people about the dangers of smoking, and provides self-help resources for smokers who are trying to quit.

The Florida Department of Health reports the initiative, which is funded by the state's tobacco settlement fund, has helped more than 72,000 people quit smoking through its "Three Ways to Quit" program:

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A bill making its way through the Florida legislature would require school districts to include parents in the creation of individual education plans (IEP) for their special needs children. 

The legislation would not only make school districts more responsive to parents, it would also give parents greater access to programs they think would do a better job of meeting their children's needs.

Duval County School Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti acknowledges the need for a law like this one.

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The children of a murdered store clerk who were reportedly refused a death-benefit payout because their mother’s employer didn’t pay workers compensation insurance premiums could be better off in the long-run. 

Thirty-two year old Zuheily Rosado was working at the Mobile Mart in Palm Coast on the night of February 21st when a gunman walked in and shot her to death. 

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Things are slowly returning to normal in Brunswick, Georgia, where just one week ago a sleeping toddler was shot to death in his stroller as it was being pushed by his mother along a quiet residential street.

The fact that the crime took place in broad daylight brutally undermined the community's sense of safety and security.

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