Angela Corey

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT’s Ryan Benk and Kevin Meerschaert (01:11). The Humana Foundation’s Laura Nolan and University of Florida professor and endowed chairwoman in Health Disparities Research Carolyn Tucker (38:20) discussed the foundation’s recent $444,000 donation to four Jacksonville nonprofit organizations. Finally, Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen and Wayne Bailey (46:22) with The River City Chorus talked about the “Sing a New Song”   concert series to benefit Rethreaded.    

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In her first public appearance as state attorney Monday, Melissa Nelson reiterated her campaign promise of restoring the public’s confidence in Northeast Florida’s criminal justice system.

Nelson admitted the challenge of changing the office’s culture will be an exacting task, but that she had a specific blueprint to accomplish that goal.

Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” it was our final episode of 2016 with the annual year in review Media Roundtable with guest host Ryan Benk. Our panel included A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics, Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT business analyst John Burr. We also spoke with Harvard School of Public Health researcher Steve Gortmaker about the financial incentives Jacksonville could receive by passing a tax on sugary drinks. 


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With the ouster of Angela Corey, eight years of tense relations between the state attorney’s office and Jacksonville progressive groups might be coming to an end.

Melissa Nelson will take control of the office in January after campaigning on promises of reform and accountability.


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State attorney-elect Melissa Nelson said Monday the office needs to collaborate with the community to ensure laws are enforced in a fair and equitable manner.

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Welcome to Redux, a podcast from WJCT News, featuring the best stories of the week and music from WJCT's After Hours programming.

The podcast is hosted by Vince Kong.


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Welcome to our new podcast Redux: The week in review from WJCT News.

The program is hosted by Vince Kong and features the best stories from the past week.

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In a monumental legal shakeup for the First Coast, the 4th Judicial Circuit will have a new state attorney and public defender.

Our Friday Media Roundtable  featured discussion about the Harvard study that sharply criticizes Duval County for the number of convicts it sends to death row, they also looked at the latest University of North Florida poll. The SHARE and SEED Academy is performing “The Wiz” on Saturday and we heard about the “Sing Out Loud Festival” kicking off Friday night in St. Augustine.

University of North Florida

Less than a week out from Florida’s primary elections, a new University of North Florida poll is spelling trouble for two Northeast Florida incumbents.

State Attorney Angela Corey is 30 points behind challenger Melissa Nelson.


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