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 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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Governor Rick Scott kicked off a statewide victory tour today at the Johnson and Johnson Vision Care plant in Jacksonville to celebrate the end of Florida’s sales tax on manufacturing equipment.

The new law, which takes effect July 1st, lets companies make equipment purchases without worrying about the added cost of state sales tax. Scott says this means the 17,500 manufacturers in Florida will have more money to invest in the state.

Clay County Sheriff's Office

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit continues its investigation into a rash of financial fraud cases that involve possible “skimming” devices used by thieves to steal victims' credit card information without actually stealing the cards.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying three men photographed using fictitious credit cards created with stolen credit card information to buy cartons of cigarettes, gift cards, gas and other items at various locations.    

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The Duval County School Board holds its regular monthly meeting tonight. 

Among the items board members will consider are eight new job titles included in the district's proposed 2013-2014 school allocation plan.

The board will vote on the minimum qualifications for each new position:


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Teacher-of-the-Year accolades are piling up for Northwestern Middle School reading teacher Apryl Shackelford.

Not only is Ms. Shack (as her students call her) Northwestern's Teacher of the Year, she's also Duval County's Teacher of the Year. And today she found out from Florida Chancellor of Education, Pam Stewart, that she's one of five finalists for the state Teacher of the Year title.

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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.

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The Museum of Science and History (MOSH) was transformed over the weekend into the Museum of Science-and- the-Future as envisioned by the likes of George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry and MOSH Planetarium Director Thomas Webber.  

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Forecasters say weather conditions on the First Coast will gradually improve over the weekend.

The chance of rain is expected to drop from 60% Saturday to around 20% Sunday.

Heavy rains and flooding have forced many outdoor events in Jacksonville this weekend to move indoors or to change the date all together.