Ryan Benk

REPORTER / HOST "Indie Endeavour"

Ryan Benk joined WJCT News in 2015 after working as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU in Tallahassee.

Originally from Miami, he graduated with a bachelor's in English literature from Florida State University. During his time in Tallahassee, Ryan also worked as a policy and research analyst for legislative-research firm LobbyTools.

When he’s not tracking down news, Ryan likes watching films, writing fiction and poetry, and exploring Florida's natural beauty.

Ryan is also the host of "Indie Endeavor."


Jacksonville’s community-owned utility JEA incurred around $30 million in total costs associated with last week’s Hurricane Irma, that’s according to reports submitted by JEA officers to the utility’s board Tuesday.

Many telecom and cable companies are taking Sen. Bill Nelson’s advice and crediting their customers affected by Hurricane Irma for service outages as well as waiving late fees and extending billing periods.

Jacksonville flooding
Robert Torbert

Federal disaster relief officials began canvassing neighborhoods across the First Coast immediately following Hurricane Irma.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The nation’s oldest city suffered massive flooding in its historic district as a result of Hurricane Irma.

And many St. Augustine businesses closest to the Matanzas River aren’t sure when they’ll be reopening.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Duval County lawmakers say they’re planning to file a raft of bills relating to Hurricane Irma at next year’s legislative session, including a disaster-aid package for Irma’s victims.