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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A national advocacy group Thursday filed suit in federal district court in Chicago, Illinois, alleging race-based housing discrimination against Deutsche Bank and two other companies.

The German-based bank has its second largest U.S. office in Jacksonville.


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A bill making its way through the Florida Legislature could radically reform the way children are handled in the criminal justice system. The measure would put stricter limits on when and how juveniles can be tried as adults.

Florida is one of 15 states that allow prosecutors to unilaterally decide to charge children as adults. That process is called direct filing.


El Faro hull underwater
The National Transportation Safety Board

Another fact-finding expedition into why Jacksonville-based cargo ship El Faro sank in the Caribbean two years ago is set to take place Tuesday, this time in Congress.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Friday announced the seizure of more than $1 million worth of cocaine and heroin in the city.

A multi-state drug investigation is ongoing, with 11 suspects arrested and three still at large.


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Plans to open a liquor distillery in Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood are running up against opposition from a nearby church.

The proposal is part of a recent development boom, which includes plans for more shops, restaurants, and a brewery in the neighborhood that’s sandwiched between downtown and Riverside.

Some long-time residents worry the changes could paper over the area’s historic character.


Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic has begun building what it’s calling a destination medical facility in Jacksonville.

The new treatment center is being partially funded with a $20 million grant from a South Florida foundation.


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Of the drug-overdose victims who have participated in a Jacksonville pilot program, almost none have relapsed, according to a report presented to City Council Tuesday.

The six month hospital-based program began in November.


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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.

Joseph K. Oppermann - Architect, P.A.

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.


Community Hospice and Palliative Care

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.


Florida Channel

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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