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."

Joslyn Simmons / WJCT News

A D.C.-based think tank has some suggestions for how the Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s planned Skyway replacement can be successful, according to a presentation Friday.

But they’re not the kind of tweaks you can make overnight.

City of Jacksonville

At a court appearance Thursday afternoon, suspended City Councilwoman Katrina Brown asked for a court-appointed attorney. The judge agreed that she could not afford private counsel and will appoint a public defender to her before her next court appearance.

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An independent group working at the behest of outgoing Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche has finalized a report detailing how the city can do more to leverage its civil rights history, 54 years after the U.S. Senate passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

A Civil Rights history task force is meeting right now to finalize the Civil Rights timeline and subcommittee recommendations in Jacksonville.

Lynsey Weatherspoon / NPR

On June 19, the national anniversary celebrating of the end of slavery, Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche said she intends to file legislation setting up a strategy for the city to claim a piece of its painful history. In many southern cities, the celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Bruce Lipsky / Florida Times Union

A majority of journalists and other staffers at The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville’s newspaper of record and a WJCT news partner, has signaled an intent to unionize.

Bruce Lipsky / The Florida Times Union

A few days after three women overdosed in the Duval County jail, the facility’s former director Tara Wildes is calling the incident not an “extremely common” one.

Dennis Ho / Folio Weekly

Tony Allegretti, who’s helmed the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville for the last four years, is stepping down to pursue a “significant opportunity” and “build on my family’s entrepreneurial endeavors.”

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Suspended city council members Reggie Brown and Katrina Brown were in court again Thursday a couple of weeks after a 38-count federal fraud indictment against them was unsealed.

Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

An early proposal to swap state-owned conservation land at the Julington-Durbin Preserve for acreage 45 minutes to the north at Black Hammock Island is eliciting an early wave of criticism and it hasn’t even been officially submitted to state regulators.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

At least nine months out from Jacksonville’s next mayoral election, the JAX Chamber’s political arm is throwing its considerable weight behind Mayor Lenny Curry’s bid for reelection.

Jacksonville flooding
Robert Torbert

Hurricane Irma showed Jacksonville just how destructive the vicious combination of low-lying land, rising tides and a slow-moving monster storm could be. 

Ryan Ketterman / Visit Jacksonville

The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization is in the embryonic stages of a downtown test model meant to showcase the power of collaborative data. 

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

As the deadline for a city report on civil rights history approaches its late June deadline, some civil rights history task force members are urging incoming Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman to allow the body to continue its work.

Exterior of Jacksonville City Hall.
Joslyn Simmons / WJCT

Incoming Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman is “amenable” to allowing the city’s Task Force on Civil Rights history to continue its work through his tenure. But not without narrowing its scope and focusing its charge.

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