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JEA; Giving Tuesday; Christmas In The Cathedral District

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JEA's downtown headquarters building is pictured behind Jacksonville's City Hall.

JEA’s leadership is pushing back against critics of its move to potentially privatize the utility.

Kerri Stewart, VP and Chief Customer Officer at JEA, joined us to discuss the matter in more detail.

Related: Councilman Carlucci Says JEA CEO Zahn Should Step Down, City Should Keep Utility


Giving Tuesday: NewsMatch

It’s Giving Tuesday. But, here at WJCT, we’re also calling it Giving News Day.

That’s because NewsMatch, a national matching-gift campaign that drives donations to nonprofit newsrooms (like ours) around the country, will double your contribution up to $1,000. David McGowan, WJCT’s President & CEO joined us with more on how you can make your contribution count in a big way on Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday: Jessie Ball duPont Center

Mari Kuraishi, President of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, joined us to discuss some other ways folks can make an impact this Giving Tuesday.

Christmas in the Cathedral District

You can celebrate the holidays in downtown Jacksonville’s Cathedral District this week. Linda Crofton and Ginny Myrick, who represent the District, joined us with more information on how to do so.

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.


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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?