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

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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
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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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A new law enforcement initiative that launched today in Duval and a dozen other northeast Florida counties gives the public a bigger role in the fight against terrorism. 

The iWatch initiative counts on people to be observant and to report anything that doesn’t look, smell or sound right.

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, who co-chairs the 13 county Regional Domestic Security Task Force, says the information gathering program lets authorities get out ahead of the danger.

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While the wrangling continues over how to keep Jacksonville’s Head Start Centers open past this Friday, one question has yet to be answered: who will run the programs next year?

One possibility is the Duval County Public Schools.

When the Urban League was removed as the administrator of the Jacksonville Head Start Program, Duval County School Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti expressed an interest in applying for a federal grant to run some, if not all, of the Head Start Centers.

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Many Boomers nearing retirement find they've got a decision to make: do they quit?  Do they work a few more years? Or do they quit and get another job somewhere else?

The answers depend primarily on two main factors: health and savings. But for many African American Baby Boomers, the list of primary considerations may be longer.

There are an estimated 78 million Baby Boomers currently living in the United States, 9 million of which are African American. Those who haven’t already retired are inching ever closer to that day. 

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