Joy Kader

"First Coast Connect" Intern

Joy Kader is a senior at the University of North Florida, pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in multimedia journalism and production.

Joy discovered her passion for broadcast journalism at age 16 when she pre-recorded and edited interviews with a non-profit organization in her hometown of Palm Beach. Joy hopes her love for traveling, food, fashion and pop culture will contribute to her writing.

The Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment held its annual Nehemiah Assembly at the Abyssinia Baptist Church, where more than 1,500 Jacksonville residents addressed the need to pursue social justice concerns Monday.

 A proposed settlement between Jacksonville and two nonprofits might lead to more housing options for the homeless in Springfield.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and a local nonprofit organization is a lifeline for survivors of sexual assault, as the only certified rape crisis center for Duval, Baker and Nassau counties.

A recent study by professors at the University of North Florida say Jacksonville’s water quality ranks poorly among residents.

PHOTO COURTESY OF KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Broadway legend Audra McDonald will perform with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus Sunday night at the Times-Union Center.

The University of North Florida will face a major change next year, after its longest serving president announced his retirement last week.

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Local organizations are joining forces to help the youngest and most vulnerable homeless people of the First Coast.

The cast of the Broadway and classic film “Show Boat” is performing at the Alhambra Theatre through April 2.

 It’s the little things in life that matter the most, like sno-cones. That’s what local author Abby Vega talks about in her memoir “Sno-Cone Diaries: A Sweet Route to Happiness.”

A Florida house budget panel recently voted against funding an economic development agency as well as the state’s tourism bureau.

Mission House is being recognized by Jacksonville as the only day facility meeting the needs of the homeless by offering assistance at an individual level. It will host a community open house and tour Saturday, in honor of their 20th anniversary of service to the Beaches area.

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What started off as a grin quickly turned into goosebumps.

Bestselling children’s author R.L. Stine joined First Coast Connect by phone Friday to discuss his top-selling children’s series "Goosebumps." Stine will also speak at the Amelia Island Book Festival in Fernandina Beach on Saturday. The event is sold out.

 

Stine said the launch of his Goosebumps empire in 1992 happened unexpectedly.

 

Jacksonville’s Grammy-winning R&B band Tedeschi Trucks, led by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, will be the opening act to debut Daily’s Place, the new 5,500 seat amphitheater at EverBank Field scheduled to open this summer.

Former Central Intelligence Agency operative and local author T. L. Williams said government leaders are overlooking a national security threat.

After “Joanne the Scammer crashed” the MTV Video Music Awards last year, a few people on the internet wondered who she is. Since then, 25-year-old Branden Miller took over social media with his creation of internet personality on Youtube, “Joanne the Scammer.”

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