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.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” it was our weekly Media Roundtable with panelist Andrew Pantazi from the Florida Times-Union, blogger Fred Matthews, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and David Cawton from the Daily Record (01:07). We spoke with Volunteers in Medicine co-founder Dr. Jim Burt (34:15). Artist Rashaad Newsome (40:22) told us about his new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art and WJCT music director David Luckin (44:22) talked about the new music program “Hotsy Totsy.”  


         

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Jacksonville City Council President-Designee Anna Brosche (01:04). Nick Cantrell (26:50) of Jax Federal Credit Union talks about alternatives to cash graduation gifts. We heard about the upcoming Ponds and Gardens Tour with tour planner Kevanie Counts and tour homeowner Mary Fisher (32:48). Kerry Speckman (39:03) told us about some of this weekend’s events and actress Dawn Wells (42:45) from “Gilligan’s Island” discussed her performance at the Alhambra.  


       

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed the Affordable Care Act with Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty (01:13). Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman Odette Struys (28:17) discusses big changes coming to area highways. This month’s “First Coast Success” segment  features the owners of the Maple Street Biscuit Company, Scott Moore and Gus Evans (37:53). And Museum of Science and History curator Paul Bourcier (44:25) told us about a new dinosaur exhibit. 


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” it was our weekly media roundtable with Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics, Daily Record reporter David Cawton and Jacksonville Free Press contributing writer Charles Griggs (01:05). We also heard about a movement to bring more book fairs to Jacksonville schools with Ellen Wiss from Read USA and Karen Sawyer (31:28)  from Scholastic books, and folk singer and Jacksonville native Tom Shed (45:42) told us about this weekend’s Florida Folk Festival.  

   

Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Operation New Hope president and CEO Kevin Gay (01:03) on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session’s order for federal prosecutors to get tougher on drug crimes and how it could triggers more people receiving long terms in prison under mandatory minimum guidelines. Then we then spoke with President and CEO of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Mike Howland (34:09) about May being Better Speech and Hearing Month. Concert on the Green President Lauren Hoffman (41:52) stopped by to talk about Sunday’s concert with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and Kerry Speckman (44:20) told us about all the other events this weekend.   


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