Peter Haden


Peter Haden is an award-winning investigative reporter and photographer currently working with The Center for Investigative Reporting. His stories are featured in media outlets around the world including NPR, CNN en Español, ECTV Ukraine, USA Today, Qatar Gulf Times, and the Malaysia Star.

He holds a Master of Mass Communication degree from Arizona State University's Cronkite School and bachelor's degrees in Geography and International Studies from the University of Iowa.

After growing up on an Iowa sheep farm, Peter has lived and worked in Ukraine, Chile, Mexico, Washington D.C., Georgia, Arizona and Florida.

His current mission is to tell the greatest stories on earth - in three minutes and thirty seconds.

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A memorial service was held in downtown Jacksonville Thursday to commemorate the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

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Edward Waters College held a special chapel service Wednesday to remember the events of September 11, 2001.

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In the first of six stories on issues facing the St. Johns River, WJCT’s Peter Haden reports on the essentials of nutrients.

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Four years after the death of Michelle O’Connell, friends and family are asking for a new look at the case.

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It’s decided.

After a meticulous recount, Jay Fant won the Republican primary for the Florida House District 15 race by just two votes over opponent Paul Renner.

Renner congratulated Fant on a hard fought-win.

“I wish him every success in the State Legislature,” he said.

In Duval County School Board District 2, Sam Hall topped Theresa Graham by four votes. He will now move on to face Scott Shine in the general election in November.

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland said it’s the closest races he’s witnessed.

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Two races from Tuesday night’s election are still too close to call.

Election officials expect to conduct recounts in those tight races,  the Florida House District 15 contest between Republicans Jay Fant and Paul Renner and Duval County School Board District 2, which would determine whether Sam Hall or Theresa Graham will head into a runoff election with Scott Shine.

“Recounts are rare,” said Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland. “ We’ve only done one in the last nine years. This is the first time we’ve had two at the same time.”

Just three votes separated candidates Jay Fant and Paul Renner in Tuesday’s bruising Republican primary for Florida House District 15.

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The downtown riverfront may soon be seeing a big change.

A new proposal from Jacksonville Landing owner Toney Sleiman would tear down the landmark building, and put two mixed-use structures in its place featuring apartments, restaurants, shopping and possibly a hotel.

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Trash is getting smarter at bus stations around Duval County.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has installed new solar-powered waste and recycling stations at three area bus terminals: Rosa Parks Transit Station downtown, and the Regency and Gateway Transit Hubs.

The new trash cans are high tech. When they become full, the units compact the garbage automatically, creating more space. When they can hold no more, a signal goes out to maintenance staff so the trash can be picked up.

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Jailhouse tattoos. Cold stares. Outlaw gangs.

These are images to come to mind for many when they hear the word "bikers."

But there’s an international organization of bikers that puts that tough reputation to good use: to help children.

Bikers Against Child Abuse, or BACA, is an international organization of motorcycle riders that works to create a safer environment for abused kids. Their goal is to empower children not to live in fear of the world in which they live, said Chops, president of the BACA Seven Bridges Chapter in Jacksonville.

It’s only three weeks until school starts up again in Duval County but some kids won’t make it past the front door.

Health officials are reminding parents that students need to be up-to-date on their vaccinations before they go back to school.

Dr. Kelli Wells, director of the Duval County Health Department, says many children get sent home each year because they don’t have the proper immunizations.