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."

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority needs more drivers to provide rides for elderly and disabled customers, authority representatives said.

JTA Monday updated City Council members following an unflattering audit and a string of rider complaints.


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A federal judge Friday rejected attempts by the St. Johns Riverkeeper to temporarily halt JAXPORT’s proposed deepening of a section of the St. Johns River.

The PGA Tour Friday announced plans to consolidate its offices into one almost 200,000-square-foot building in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The pro-golf nonprofit also promises to expand its workforce by 300 people.


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A proposed downtown Jacksonville hotel Thursday took another step toward becoming reality.

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The St. Augustine city manager is recommending seven people to sit on the newly-created Confederate Memorial Contextualization Advisory Committee.

The proposed group is made up mostly of academics and historic preservationists.


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More people in Northeast Florida have been making calls to a national human trafficking hotline.  

That may be due to a bump in public awareness, not necessarily because more people are being trafficked.


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Starting Friday, a Jacksonville-based hospice care provider is expanding its services into 11 more counties.

A new office in Palatka represents the biggest growth for Community Hospice in its nearly 40-year history.


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A measure allocating $100 million annually for buying conservation lands is heading for the floor of the Florida Senate.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island).

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Florida Governor Rick Scott stopped at a Jacksonville mechanical company Wednesday to rally support for his proposed $180 million tax cut package.

His proposal comes as the state faces budget uncertainty.  


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Jacksonville city leaders are inching closer to a plan to revitalize the downtown Riverwalks after Hurricane Irma dealt them quite a blow last fall.


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As another Florida legislative session boots up in Tallahassee this week, lawmakers are set to take another whack at regulating telehealth.


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Following the holidays and a snap of unusually cold weather, some Northeast Florida hospitals are dealing with dangerously-low blood supplies.

At least four major hospitals in Jacksonville are making urgent pleas for donations.


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Jacksonville International Airport officials are asking travelers to call airlines before showing up for flights Wednesday.

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Congress has passed a funding measure that keeps the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) going through March — the program insures hundreds of thousands of kids in Florida.

But without a permanent solution in place by the end of January, many families could see their coverage lapse and Governor Rick Scott won’t say whether they should be worried.


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Florida’s November jobs report shows slow, but steady improvement in the Sunshine State’s job market.


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