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.

  Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Ambassador Nancy Soderberg (1:10) about President Donald Trump sharing classified information with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.

We heard new health news with Dr. Dean Hartley from the Alzheimer’s Association national headquarters in Chicago, and heart health care with Mayo Clinic cardiolorist Dr. Amy Pollak and Dr. Peter Pollak (28:01). We interviewed longtime environmental activist Bill Brinton (38:44) and we learned about an upcoming science, technology, engineering and math field trip for middle school students from CH2M Vice-President Maria del Pilar Doren (47:23)    


       

  Monday on “First Coast Connect,” attorney John Phillips (1:03) talked about what’s next in the case of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5). We spoke with David Feuerstein (23:10) from the New York-based Feuerstein Kulick law firm on why medical marijuana legislation is so slow moving in Florida. Health Designs founder and CEO Ann Sabbag (40:50) talked about the future of workplace wellness, and WJCT sports analyst Cole Pepper (44:45) discussed a historic PLAYERS Championship. 


Our Friday Media Roundtable on “First Coast Connect” included A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics, blogger Fred Matthews, David Cawton from the Financial News and Daily Record and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:48). We learned about breast cancer survival with advocate Nancy Cappello (33:35). Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville Diane Boyle (41:58) about the “Eagles for Impact” fundraiser at THE PLAYERS Championship. Sunday is Mother’s Day, Terri Mashour (45:36), who runs the website Fun 4 First Coast Kids had some ideas where you take mom on her day. 


  Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed the possibility of new legislation that would affect food trucks in Jacksonville with the head of Jax Truckies Chriss Brown (1:05). We spoke with Dr. Virgil Wittmer (24:55) from Brooks Rehabilitation about alternatives to using opioids. Founder and president of Where Is The Sunshine, Jeanine Hoff, and Kerry Speckman (37:35) spoke about their upcoming stage show “This is My Brave,” and Nancy Kring Rowan (44:12) with the Jekyll Island Authority told us about this weekend’s Turtle Crawl. 


Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed the fallout from the firing of FBI Director James Comey with international experts Ambassador Nancy Soderberg; Ed Coyle, the foreign counterintelligence representative to the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic; and the Division Chief for the Combatting Terrorism Directorate for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Jacksonville United Nations Association Secretary Jill Dawson (1:17). Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Schellenberg (28:00) talked about the Homestead Tax Exemption ballot proposal placed on the November 2018 ballot by the state legislature. We interviewed former Supremes singer Mary Wilson and her co-star Terry Adams (37:11) about their show “Menopause the Musical,” and we heard from local author Valerie Bowman (48:32). 


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