Kevin Meerschaert

Producer, "First Coast Connect"

Kevin Meerschaert is back at WJCT after two years, rejoining the station as producer of First Coast Connect.

Kevin was a reporter for WJCT News from 2001 until 2014. He previously worked at public radio stations in Salisbury, Maryland;  Evansville, Indiana; and Ypsilanti, Michigan. He won several awards for reporting and was the recipient of the 2007-2008 Media Community Leadership award from Mental Health America of Northeast Florida.

Kevin was born and raised in Michigan, earning his degree in political science from Eastern Michigan University. 

When not at work, you may run into Kevin on Saturday mornings walking around the Riverside Arts Market or in a local park.

Mike Haridopolos

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former Florida State Senate President Mike Haridopolos on the Right on Crime initiative of conservative justice reform (01:10).     

Ahead of Black Friday and the holiday shopping season we spoke with Florida Capital Bank’s information security officer Ed Bides on how to prevent becoming a victim of cybercrime (37:27).     

We heard about an upcoming free Christmas concert with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra French Horn player Aaron Brask (46:00).  


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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with local FEMA official Gerald Hammink and Small Business Administration representative Shanna-Kae Mallett about Friday’s deadline to file for Hurricane Irma relief (01:07).     

The most recent segment of Moveable Feast visits with Jeanne Maron of St. Augustine’s Gifted Cork (32:00).    

The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Joy Wolfram and Nena Shukla told us about their recent cancer research and getting more women to join the field (37:20).    

Composer and producer Alex Silva, known professionally as S1lva, joined us to talk about his career and latest single, “Rain” (46:00).  

       

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Monday on First Coast Connect we talked about a staggering increase in opioid-related deaths on the First Coast and what is being done about it with Gateway Community Services Medical Director Dr. Raymond Pomm and River Region Human Services and Addiction Specialist Dr. Amit Vijapura (01:09).   

Daughters of the British Empire spokesperson Ann Robards told us about the Jacksonville arm of the organization, the Clarence House Chapter (32:30).    

Native Sun founder Aaron Gottlieb told us how to pick out the proper turkey for Thanksgiving (40:50).

Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars messy win in Cleveland and previewed this Saturday’s Florida - Florida State game and the upcoming schedule of the Jacksonville Icemen (46:00). 

 

News 4 Jax

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT’s Ryan Benk (01:10).

We heard about the upcoming Tour de Farm event with Slow Food First Coast Chapter Leader Kurt D’Aurizio and Farm Tour Coordinator Kyle McBride (38:52).

St. Augustine-based folk/rock band Wingfield performed live in-studio (46:00). 


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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conarck  about a report that shows blacks in Jacksonville are cited for pedestrian violations at a much higher rate than whites (01:14).

Dr. Sam Suger, founder of the group Americans Against Probate Guardianship spoke about a rally held Thursday afternoon in Ponte Vedra (24:38).

Local TV news producer and author Nikesha Elise Williams discussed her debut book “Four Women” (33:25).

We heard about next week’s Merry Shrimpmas festival with Jekyll Island events manager Nancy Kring-Rowan (46:00).   

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we heard about a local connection to the Paradise Papers leak with local attorney Jack Webb (01:08).

To commemorate America Recycles Day we spoke with Keep Florida Beautiful Communications Specialist Angela Spears and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful vice-chair Joey McKinnon (23:48).

We heard about the upcoming Douglas Anderson School for the Arts production of “Curtains” with stars Malik Bilbrew and Elise Weinander (37:59).

We spoke with Hillary Kadoya, who plays Rocket Raccoon in Marvel Universe LIVE coming to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (46:00). 

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with author Sasha Polakow-Suransky on the rise of white nationalism in Europe (01:24).  

Book Club blogger Stacy Goldring and Jenna Hassell with the Jacksonville Public Library talked about the fifth anniversary of the regular segment on First Coast Connect (30:16).         

David Brown, CEO of Web.com and chair of this year’s Heart Walk and Dr. Amy Pollak, cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, talked about Sunday’s walk in downtown Jacksonville and the changes in guidelines by several medical groups as what blood pressure level should be considered as hypertension (46:00). 


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Monday on First Coast Connect we were joined by First Coast News reporter/producer Anne Schindler to talk about the documentary on the flooding from Hurricane Irma the station will air on Thanksgiving (01:09).    

 

Ahead of his appearance this week in Jacksonville we spoke with author and parenting expert David Thomas (24:55).      

We heard about this week’s 100th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service with One Jax Executive Director Nancy Broner, Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church Pastor Kyle Reese and Rabbi Matt Cohen from Congregation Ahavath Chesed - The Temple (35:44).   

Cole Pepper talked about wild win by the Jaguars on Sunday and big changes on the college football front moving towards the College Football Playoff (46:00).  

 


 

Florida State University

Friday on First Coast Connect we were joined on our weekly Media Roundtable by Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, WJCT contributor Charles Griggs, Jacksonville News and Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT business analyst John Burr (01:05).  

 

Changing Homelessness CEO Dawn Gilman told us about the results of this year’s first-ever Veterans Surge (31:31).       


WJCT Morning Edition host Michelle Corum brought us a report on this weekend’s game of Petanque on Amelia Island (37:48).

Local student Chase Magnano of Ponte Vedra High School and winner of $50,000 on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” told us about JaxTHRIVE, the local non-profit he’s starting with his winnings. (41:13).   

     

We spoke with Midge Smith with San Jose Baptist Church about Friday night’s performance by the African Children’s Choir (46:00).


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Thursday on First Coast Connect we had a discussion on free speech on college campuses with University of Pennsylvania professor and author the book “Free Speech on Campus,” Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath (01:00).

We heard about the latest treatments for pancreatic cancer with Dr. Michael Wallace, gastroenterologist with the Mayo Clinic (23:35).          

With Veterans Day on Saturday we spoke with attorneys Michael Stanski and Jason Odom on the general legal needs for veterans (31:45).

There are several events on Saturday to commemorate Veterans Day including parades in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

Veterans Council of St. Johns County Chairman Bill Dudley and Military Officers Association of America, St. Augustine Chapter President Ron Birchall joined us to talk about the St. Augustine parade (46:00).   

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