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T-U Reporter Sandy Strickland Celebrates 50 Years Of Journalism In Jacksonville

Bob Self
The Florida Times-Union
Times-Union reporter Sandy Strickland started her now 50-year career at the Times-Union's former 1 Riverside Ave. location. At the time, the building also housed The Jacksonville Journal.

WJCT offers congratulations to The Florida Times-Union's Sandy Strickland, who is celebrating 50 years of reporting in Jacksonville. 

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Before joining the Times-Union, Strickland reported for The Jacksonville Journal, which published its final issue in 1988.

Strickland started her Jacksonville career at The Jacksonville Journal, which at one point was in the same building as The Times-Union, before the Journal was eventually shuttered.

The Journal, which published its last edition in 1988, was Jacksonville's afternoon newspaper, while the Times-Union was the community's morning newspaper .

Strickland started in December 1969 at the Journal’s women’s department, as it was known back then, according to the Times-Union, which is a WJCT News partner.

She has become known through the decades for a wide range of reporting, including her many contributions to community-focused and historical reporting, including the Times-Union’s long-running Call Box feature. She's also given countless members of our community a proper send-off with her obituary reporting.

To read about some of Strickland’s work through the years - including celebrity reporting - and to hear her firsthand recollectons, see this story at

Although editors aren't supposed to insert themselves or their opinions into a story, I’m going to make an exception here.

As someone who worked with Sandy for more than decade, I want to offer my personal congratulations to a lady who is as wonderful a colleague as she is a reporter.

Sandy, I look forward to reading many more of your stories.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Jacksonville Journal image used under Creative Commons license.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.