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.

Ways to Connect

National Weather Service

UPDATE 1:30PM: Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown spoke earlier about what people need to do to prepare for Tropical Storm Andrea.

Latest storm information (11:00 a.m.) puts the center of tropical storm Andrea about 225 miles southwest of Jacksonville, FL (Latitude 28.2N, Longitude 84.3W). 

Andrea has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. 

The storm is expected to track northeast over far northern Florida and southeastern Georgia through tonight.

The most significant threat is for heavy rainfall and associated flooding.

RealtyTrac

If you’re house hunting for a fixer-upper at a bargain-basement price, then you’re in luck.

Realty Trac ranks Jacksonville number 13 on its list of the 15 best cities for finding rundown properties at reasonable prices.

Realty-Trac Vice President Daren Blomquist says they used 3-criteria when compiling the list.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

Tropical Storm Andrea is expected to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle later today.

A band of heavy rain moved through the Jacksonville area earlier as the outer fringes of the storm reached the First Coast.

Conditions are expected to continue to deteriorate throughout the day, says National Weather Service meteorologist Zaaron Allen, with some of the worst weather coming through right around afternoon rush hour.

National Weather Service

A tropical storm warning and a flood watch remain in effect for the First Coast.

The National Weather Service calls for between 4 to possibly 10 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Andrea as the storm makes its way across Northeast Florida.

Wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph are also expected.

There's also a threat of tornadoes. 

JEA is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Andrea.  The utility reports it's got a full compliment of electric, water and sewer crews to restore service in case of outages.

National Weather Service

A tropical storm warning is in effect as Andrea makes its way toward the First Coast.

Andrea's maximum sustained winds increased to near 60 mph early this morning.

This storm system is expected to dump as much as 6-inches of rain on Northeast Florida.

Winds are also expected to pick up across the First Coast as heavier bands of showers move through the area.

Forecasters say wind gusts of 35-to-45 miles per hour are possible.

Storm tides are expected to be 1-to-2 feet above normal.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

High school graduation is a rite of passage that marks a teenager’s transition from child to adult. 

But for Ron Davis, Wednesday's graduation ceremony signaled the closing of a chapter in his life with his son. 

Davis says Wolfson High School invited him and Jordan’s mother to attend the ceremony and to accept an honorary diploma in Jordan's . 

The invitation, he says, gave him a much needed opportunity to connect one final time with the friends who had been so important to Jordan.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday the arrests of two people who were allegedly renting out seven properties they didn’t own.

55-year-old Rosemary McCoy and 38-year-old Elton McCall have been charged with racketeering, organized fraud and trespassing, among other things.

Bill Whitney, with JSO’s economic crimes unit, says the two advertised the houses on Craigslist, which, he says, is rife with illegal activity.

Department of Justice, FBI

Monday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court means the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and other state and local law enforcement agencies can continue collecting D.N.A. samples from people arrested for certain felony crimes. 

Florida is one of 28 states that collects D.N.A. samples upon a person’s arrest for any felony crime on an approved list. 

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

Jacksonville's Metropolitan Park overflowed with excitement Saturday as thousands of kids and their families came together to celebrate the thrills of reading and learning.  The PEP Rally for Excellence was sponsored, in part, by the Duval County Public Schools and WJCT.   Here are a few of the photos and interviews we collected:

Hurricane season starts Saturday (June 1), and forecasters say it could be a doozy.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center expects between 13 and 20 named storms this year.  As many as 11 of these storms could become hurricanes.  And of those, six could grow into major hurricanes with wind speeds well over 100 mph.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/30/3424627/florida-braces-for-another-active.html#storylink=cpy

The clock is ticking on the 45 day window people have to weigh in on the U-S Army Corps of Engineers’ draft report on the proposed deepening of Jacksonville’s harbor

The document outlines the possible economic and environmental impact of dredging a 13-mile stretch of the St. Johns River from 40 to 47 feet.

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Parents worried about proposed changes to Duval County’s gifted program can relax.

Following a meeting with about a hundred parents Wednesday night, school Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti says he’ll keep everything the same for one more year at least.

"Listening to them, I decided we would not more forward with the proposal and we would continue to improve our gifted services, build our home-based, neighborhood feeder-pattern schools with more gifted students but not implement the proposal as originally designed."

The Florida Department of Education today released the results of this year’s FCAT writing test taken by fourth, eighth and tenth graders.

According to the data released by the D.O.E.,  58 percent of students statewide scored a 3.5 or higher--up from 54 percent last year.

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett credits a number of factors for the improvement.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

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.

More than 3 million students in the U.S. are expected to graduate from high school this year. Making it through 12 grades is a marathon of books and tests, disappointment and success. But what of the children who have dropped out, or who want to drop out?  

USS Stark Remembered

May 17, 2013
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

Today marks the 26th anniversary of the attack on the U.S.S Stark in the Arabian Gulf. Every year on this date, Mayport Naval Station holds a memorial service to honor the 37 sailors who were killed aboard the guided missile frigate. 

One by one, the names of those sailors are read, followed by the tolling of a bell. Retired Rear Admiral George Huchting, who spoke to the gathering about the special bond among shipmates, says the memorial service lets people stop and remember those who died in service to their country.

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