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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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.


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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The Coast Guard’s highest ranking officer concurs with many of the marine safety recommendations issued, including phasing out open lifeboats across the board, following six weeks of hearings into why the cargo ship El Faro drifted into a hurricane and sank somewhere in the Caribbean two years ago. 

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority unveiled its first track for testing possible replacements for the Skyway’s monorail cars.

JTA will be testing different autonomous vehicles for the next two years.

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It’s always a joyous occasion when children are placed with their forever families through adoption.

But it’s that much more meaningful when kids get the news they’ll be adopted just in time for the holidays.

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The percentage of Florida’s population properly inoculated against the flu is far lower than federal health officials recommend, according to a new report.

The Sunshine State has the 12th lowest vaccination rate in the country.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is still reviewing a new federal report recommending changes to the shipping industry, two years after cargo ship El Faro sank.

At least one major safety recommendation may require federal legislation.

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The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday handed down 53 recommendations to various organizations for how they could beef up safety two years after cargo ship El Faro sank in the Caribbean, killing all 33 aboard.

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With the release of the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report into the demise of cargo ship El Faro Tuesday, the families of the lost crew can close the book on a 30,500 hour effort to figure out precisely how the ship came to rest on the ocean’s floor.

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The National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board is reviewing more than 70 findings and 50-plus recommendations following its more than two-years-long investigation into cargo ship El Faro’s sinking.

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APR Energy and the John and Suzanne Campion Foundation are donating a total of $15,000 to the Sulzbacher Center and the Children’s Home Society just in time for the holidays.

Tuesday and Wednesday the energy company and nonprofit foundation are presenting the checks to the two organizations to help them accomplish their missions during the holidays.

The Children’s Home Society is a child welfare organization that provides counseling and health services to kids and teens, connects foster parents to children in need, and runs food pantries, among other things.

City of St. Augustine

It’s clear St. Augustine’s archeological zones and historic downtown are vulnerable to anticipated sea level rise along the coast, according to a report released through a state and federal pilot program.

But what isn’t clear is how fast and how high waters will ultimately swell.

El Faro hull underwater
The National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board, as expected, will review and possibly release portions of its final draft report investigating the 2015 sinking of the El Faro cargo ship, which took the lives of 33 sailors, most from Jacksonville.