Karen Feagins

Vice President, Content & Operations

As Vice President of Content and Operations at WJCT Public Broadcasting, Karen Feagins oversees the content and technology teams. She is responsible for creating the programming strategy for radio, television and digital and developing multi-platform local initiatives and productions.

Karen found her home in public broadcasting after working for several  years as a commercial television reporter. She joined WJCT in 2005 as the host of 89.9 FM’s Morning Edition and has held many different roles at the station in both radio and television. She has written and produced documentaries including Beluthahatchee: The Legacy of Stetson Kennedy and Jacksonville Beach: Against the Tide and directed the oral history project, Voices of the First Coast.

Karen holds a degree in broadcast journalism from The University of Missouri and lives in Jacksonville with her two daughters.

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Politics
12:49 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Library Seeks Input For Jacksonville City Council Debates

Credit Melissa Hillier / Flickr

The Jacksonville Public Library wants residents to submit their questions for City Council candidates. Debates are planned at four area libraries April 20 for candidates who advance to the General Election.

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Politics
7:25 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

WJCT Hosts First Televised 2015 Jacksonville Mayoral Debate

Credit First Coast News

WJCT Public Broadcasting is partnering with First Coast News and The Florida Times-Union to provide voters with a comprehensive look at the 2015 mayor's race. 

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Politics
6:49 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

LIVE BLOG: Local And State Elections

The following are live updates from Election Day 2014.

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First Coast Connect
3:37 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Media Roundtable: Crist Wins Democratic Primary While Local Race Heads To Recount

The results of the August primary election and its historically low voter turnout are making news this week.

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Politics
5:47 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Live Blog - 2014 Primary Elections

Fant campaigners tallying razor thin margin by hand.
Credit Peter Haden / WJCT

UPDATE 10:12

From reporter Rhema Thompson:

With 53 percent of the vote, Paula Wright will remain in office as District 4 School Board Member for another four years. She beat challenger Darryl Willie by about 740 votes.

District 4 seat oversees much of the so-called “transformation region” of Duval County, home to some of the district’s lowest performing schools and the focus of several privately funded efforts to turn them around.

 

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12:33 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

WJCT Host Al Letson: People Of Ferguson Trying To Turn Bad Into Good

Al Letson, host of the national NPR program State of the Re:Union and WJCT's Freestyle, traveled to Ferguson along with Florida Times-Union reporter Topher Sanders. Letson says there is a "gap in understanding" there.
Though people in Ferguson, Mo., are tired of answering questions about their troubled town, they're still patient with those asking, said Al Letson, Jacksonville poet, playwright and public-radio host.Letson - host of the nationally syndicated radio show, "State of the Re:Union" and of a WJCT show called "Freestyle" - is in Ferguson with the Times-Union's Topher Sanders.Between interviews, Letson shared some of what he'd seen there so far.What were your initial impressions of Ferguson?
First Coast Connect
2:51 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments On New Congressional Map

Voting rights groups challenged this original map for Congresswoman Corrine Brown's district.
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Tallahassee Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said Wednesday that he will soon make a decision in the lawsuit over Florida’s Congressional district maps.

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First Coast Connect
3:19 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

City Council To Vote On Food Truck Ordinance

Food trucks at the 2013 Fall Food Festival in the downtown Jacksonville.
Credit Jax Truckies / Facebook

In a closely watched issue for local food truck owners and fans, drafted legislation for Jacksonville’s food truck ordinance will go before City Council committees this week.

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Jacksonville Jaguars
10:50 am
Fri July 25, 2014

'World's Largest' Video Boards At EverBank Designed To Get Fans Off The Couch And Into The Stadium

The new video boards at Everbank Field are 60 feet high and 362 feet long. They'll be unveiled at an event Saturday featuring a friendly soccer match between Fulham Football Club and D.C. United followed by a concert with country star Carrie Underwood.
Credit Jacksonville Jaguars

Saturday the Jacksonville Jaguars will unveil what the team is calling the world's largest video boards.

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Arts & Culture
7:40 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Jax Arts Advocates Propose New Street Art Legislation

One of the first installments of public art, Midnight City adorns the side of downtown restaurant Burrito Gallery. MactruQue painted the mural in 2004.
Credit Clay Hackett

After a Jacksonville artist was arrested for painting city-owned utility boxes, the city could soon consider legislation that would pay artists to do the same thing.

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Law & Order
2:59 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

'Keith Haring's Ghost' Will Not Face Jail Time, Conviction

A utility box painting by 'Keith Haring's Ghost' in Jacksonville's San Marco neighborhood in 2013. The art, now known to have been painted by Chip Southworth, has since been removed.
Credit Melissa Ross / WJCT

The case of the artist known as Keith Haring's Ghost, who was arrested for painting utility boxes in Jacksonville, was resolved on Monday without a conviction according to his attorney.

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First Coast Connect
3:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Going Green: Using Existing Spaces To Create New Landscapes

A renovated planter at Jacksonville's Hemming Plaza.
Credit Emily Long / WJCT

Homeowners thinking about overhauling their yards or patios can conserve while they renovate by using existing spaces to create new looks.

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Award-Winning Culinary Author Steven Raichlen Brings 'Man Made Meals' To Jax

Steven Raichlen
Credit Steven Raichlen/Primal Grill

Over the past few decades more and more men have gotten into the kitchen, including culinary writer and public television host Steven Raichlen.

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First Coast Connect
10:03 am
Wed June 11, 2014

The Future Of Passenger Rail On The First Coast

An artists rendering of a commuter rail station as part of JTA's proposed First Coast Commuter Rail system.
Credit Jacksonville Transportation Authority

As rail transportation grows in popularity throughout Florida, what are the prospects for passenger rail on the First Coast?

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Sports
3:51 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

PHOTOS: EverBank Field Upgrades Target High-End Ticket Buyers

An artist's rendering of the Everbank Field pool cabanas.
Jacksonville Jaguars

New pool and party cabanas, field seats and other premium seating options at EverBank Field are all part of the Jacksonville Jaguars' strategy to bring in more revenue without raising ticket prices across the board.

Team President Mark Lamping said the Jaguars have some of the lowest ticket prices in the NFL.

"We have to find other ways to increase our average ticket price, and do it in a way that it doesn't disrupt or give any of our fans a disincentive to come to Jaguars games," he said.

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