Karen Feagins

Director, Programming & News

Karen Feagins joined WJCT in 2005, and has worked in many different roles at the station in both radio and television. Her love of journalism and storytelling began in the 4th grade when she was named editor of the newspaper at her elementary school in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Karen attended the University of Missouri to study Broadcast Journalism, and spent several years as a commercial television news reporter before finding her home in public broadcasting. She is now news director and head of radio programming WJCT, and assists with the production of "First Coast Connect."

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Community
3:20 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

New Night Market Comes To Downtown Jacksonville

A new event begins Thursday night that brings together food trucks, farmers and artists in an attempt to bring people to downtown Jacksonville in the evenings.

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Business
5:48 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Army Corps Approves JAXPORT Dredging Plan

Credit JAXPORT/Flickr

The plan to deepen the channel at JAXPORT got a big boost Wednesday as the US Army Corps of Engineers gave its stamp of approval to the dredging project.

The project will now be included in the Water Resources Development Act when Congress votes on the bill next month, said JAXPORT spokeswoman Nancy Rubin.

"A sort of slowdown on the approval of the legislation and a subsequent approval of our project through the regular process means the timing has come out just right for us," she said.

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First Coast Connect
4:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Tech Tuesday: Demand Growing For Electric Vehicle Charge Stations On The First Coast

Credit North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition

Electric cars are no longer a thing of the future. More people are driving plug-in cars, even in Jacksonville.

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First Coast Connect
3:41 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Solar Power Advocates To Rally At Florida State Capitol

An aerial view of the construction of a solar power system in the Industrial Area of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2009.
Credit Troy Cryder / NASA

We’re called the Sunshine State, but does Florida do enough to harness solar energy?

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Business
8:43 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Historic Downtown Jacksonville Building To Become "Hub Of Innovation"

The Barnett building was built in 1926 in the classic Grand Banking Hall design. Developer Steve Atkins says the first two floors will be retail space.
Karen Feagins

A Jacksonville developer has plans to turn the historic Barnett building in downtown Jacksonville into an innovation center which he believes will be a hub for the startup scene in the Southeastern United States.

The 18-story building will house the international headquarters for One Spark, an expanded Cowork Jacksonville and the business accelerator KYN, according to Steve Atkins, Managing Director of Southeast Development Group.

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Generation W Profiles
3:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Generation W Profiles: Gerri Elliott

Generation W Profiles is a series highlighting influential women. The project is a collaborative effort between WJCT and the Generation W Women’s Leadership Conference, which is scheduled for April 4, 2014.

Gerri Elliott is Executive Vice President and Strategic Advisor to the CEO of Juniper Networks.

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First Coast Connect
11:21 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Cole Pepper: Gators Advance To Sweet 16, Jags Weigh Draft Options

The Florida Gators celebrate in the locker room following their 61-45 win against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers.
Credit University of Florida

The University of Florida  men's basketball team is still moving forward in the big dance. Cole Pepper joined Karen Feagins on First Coast Connect to talk March Madness and more in our weekly sports wrap.

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First Coast Connect
10:05 am
Mon March 24, 2014

What Exactly Does The 'Warning Shot Bill' Allow?

There is concern that a bill moving through the Florida State Legislature would authorize legally armed residents to fire a warning shot at a perceived attacker, but as the proposed legislation stands now that simply isn't the case.

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Business
2:05 am
Fri March 21, 2014

One Spark To Expand To Berlin

One Spark co-founder Elton Rivas announces the festival's expansion to Berlin at an event Thursday night at the Florida Theatre.
Credit One Spark

The One Spark festival, which began in 2013 in Jacksonville, will expand to Berlin, Germany in the fall of this year organizers announced Thursday night.

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First Coast Connect
12:10 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Cole Pepper: Gators First Place Seed In March Madness, Jaguars Make Several Roster Moves

Florida senior forward Will Yeguete leaves the court after defeating Kentucky to win the 2014 Southeastern Conference Tournament, Sunday, March 16.
Credit University of Florida

It's March, and sports fans know what follows can only be madness. Cole Pepper took a look ahead at the tourney and gave an update on the Jaguars recent off-season moves in his weekly sports wrap.

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