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.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke to Eastside Environmental Council founder and CEO Wynetta Wright and development manager Teena Anderson about their work to cleanup their neighborhood from contaminants and prevent discharge of pollutants into the St. Johns River (01:06).

Partnership for Child Health

Wednesday on First Coast Connect as part of Mental Health Awareness Month we heard about what’s being done to help children with mental disorders on the First Coast from Vicki Waytowich with the Partnership for Child Health (01:28).

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Ben Frazier of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville and Wells Todd with the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition about the March for Change.

It’s a three-day march from Jacksonville to St. Augustine to call for the removal of Confederate monuments from public places on the First Coast (01:02).

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with President of Terrawise Homes and WJCT board member Melody Shacter and Mark Sherman, Senior Loan Consultant with LoanDepot about the rising problem of affordable housing on the First Coast (01:05).

Friday our First Coast Connect Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, Action News Jax anchor John Bachman, radio host and former First Coast News anchor Angela Spears and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons.

Issues discussed included:

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporters Nate Monroe and Christopher Hong on their investigative series regarding how dredging affects the flow of the St. Johns River (01:06).

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we continued our commemoration of Public Service Recognition Week by speaking with retiring University of North Florida President John Delaney (01:20).

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we learned about the upcoming Party Benefit and Jam (PB&J) Jam Session: Women on gender issues with Jam Sessions creator Denise Reagan and speaker Michelle Roberts (01:02).

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with author and political scientist Ian Bremmer about globalism and his latest book US VS THEM: The Failure of Globalism (01:07).

Florida Politics

The Sunshine Summit is an annual conference for Florida Republicans, and this summer one of the invited speakers is Dinesh D’Souza, is a convicted felon and conservative firebrand who mocked Marjory Stoneman Douglas students on Twitter. He later apologized.

Gov. Rick Scott and incoming Senate President Bill Galvano have criticized the GOP invitation to D’Souza.

The Republican Party has responded to the criticism by adding a speaker who’s been critical of D’Souza. Matt Schlapp is chair of the American Conservative Union.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride.

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The Democratic primary race in Florida’s 5th Congressional District officially got underway this week as incumbent Al Lawson and former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown both qualified to be on the August ballot.

Both candidates had already been taking shots at each other on the campaign trail.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL5), about some of the issues he’s working on in Washington. We also discussed the primary challenge against him by former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown (01:16).

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche about her relationship with Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration, the future of JEA and her future political plans (01:18).

 

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter John Reid on his investigation into the connection between football and concussions and what is being done to prevent and treat them (01:16).

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