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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

05/02/16: Lee Woodruff; St. Johns County Government; Civil Rights In Escambia County; Cole Pepper

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Lee Woodruff

New York Times bestselling author and CBS This Morning contributor Lee Woodruff was thrust into the position of caregiver after her husband, Bob Woodruff, was injured by a roadside bomb while reporting from Iraq for ABC's World News Tonight.

Lee cared for Bob on his long road to recovery from a traumatic brain injury, experiencing the impact that taking care of a loved one can have on a family, marriage and her own health.

Her caretaking journey was captured in a bestselling book titled In An Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing, which she co-authored with Bob.

Lee Woodruff will be the keynote speaker at the Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida's 2016 Caregiver Expo. She joins us to discuss her experiences.

St. Johns County Government

The first week of May is designated as Public Service Recognition Week, a time to honor the country's public employees.

In the first of a week-long series of segments spotlighting these workers, we look inside the government of St. Johns County with David Cameron, retired assistant administrator for community services.

Civil Rights in Escambia County

Flagler College history professor Mike Butler joins us to discuss his new book, Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-1980.

With a focus on the civil rights movement in Pensacola, FL, Butler examines how institutional racism persisted well after the country racially integrated in the 1960’s. 

Cole Pepper

WJCT News sports analyst Cole Pepper stops by with a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars' NFL draft picks, the Jacksonville Armada FC's upcoming matches, and more.