Kevin Meerschaert

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.

Kevin was previously a reporter for WJCT News from 2001 until 2014. He has also worked at public radio stations in Salisbury, Maryland; Evansville, Indiana; and Ypsilanti, Michigan. He has won several awards for reporting, including the 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. 

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida 4th District Congressional candidate Ges Selmont. He’s challenging incumbent Republican John Rutherford (01:03). Rutherford was also invited but his office did not respond.

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Monday on First Coast Connect we heard about this week’s Faith, Race and LGBT: A conversation with Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington at UNF that looks to bridge gaps and work for common goals. We spoke with UNF LBGT Resource Center Director Kaitlin Legg  and UNF Interfaith Center Associate Director Matt Hartley (01:14).       

Our Friday Media Roundtable featured Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT’s Brendan Rivers and Kevin Meerschaert. The panel discussed the latest polling in the races for governor and the U.S.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we heard about Saturday’s History Revealed walking tour of Confederate Statues and the history of Jacksonville’s racial past with #TakeEmDownJax co-founder Kris Kiernan, historian and author Tim Gilmore and Wells Todd from the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition (01:05).

 

Wednesday on First Coast Connect ahead of this month’s annual See the Girl Summit we spoke with Dr. Lawanda Ravoira, President and CEO of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Senior Vice President at the center Vicky Basra and Dr. Maureen Walker who is the keynote speaker at the summit (01:01). 

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Tuesday First Coast Connect we spoke with Director of Programs and Impact Sofia Pereira. With the She Should Run incubator. It’s a national movement to get more women to run for public office. The group will be holding a cohort next month in Jacksonville (01:12).

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Monday First Coast Connect we spoke with new Edward Waters College President Zachary Faison. He is the youngest president of a historically black college in the country (01:06).

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On Friday First Coast Connect was live from Derby on Park in Five Points to kick off WJCT’s Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Block Party. Stop by Friday to hear the music playing.      

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett who is the author of The Next American City. He discussed the growth his city has experienced in recent years and how mid-sized cities like Jacksonville can do the same (01:14).   

 

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jeff Nesbit, executive director of Climate Nexus and author of This Is The Way The World Ends: How Droughts and Die-offs, Heat Wave and Hurricanes are Converging on America (01:14).

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with faculty director of the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab Mike Binder about UNF’s latest polling numbers regarding Florida’s U.S. Senate and Governor races (01:03).      

Monday on First Coast Connect we heard about the JAX Chamber’s upcoming Infrastructure Innovation Summit with Chamber Vice-President for Entrepreneurial Growth Carlton Robinson and Amin Toufani, CEO of T Labs in Silicon Valley who will be one of the event’s speakers (01:03).    

Our First Coast Connect Friday Media Roundtable with guest host A.G Gancarski Our panelists were Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton (00:58).  

Topics included:

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The Youth Crisis Center (YCC) and Feeding Northeast Florida are teaming up to combat  obesity in Jacksonville’s children.

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Thursday First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk. She was joined by local historian Jim Crooks and attorney Earl Johnson Jr. to talk about the 50th anniversary of Consolidation in Jacksonville (01:38).

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