Abukar Adan

Former WJCT News Reporter

Abukar Adan

Abukar Adan is a former WJCT reporter who left the station for other pursuits in August 2019.  

He joined WJCT News from Maine Public in Portland, Maine. He also worked as a digital producer in television news and a podcast producer at Colby College. 

He grew up in Portland and graduated from Colby College. Abukar got his start in radio journalism as a 2016 Jim Dowe Public Media Intern at Maine Public, where he produced a series of stories about Muslims in Maine. He then continued to freelance for Maine Public and eventually joined the team as a reporter.

Before coming to Maine Public Radio, he was an editorial assistant for Colby Magazine and the News Director of Colby's WMHB Radio Station.

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The number of refugees who are resettled in Duval County has slowed to a trickle under recent federal policies. 

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The Jacksonville City Council Tuesday night voted down a half-cent sales tax referendum. The vote took place without the public present, after Council President Scott Wilson tossed the audience out for excessive boos.  

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The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee wants the full council to withdraw legislation to put a half-cent sales tax referendum before the voters. 

Jacksonville City Hall
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The City of Jacksonville is overhauling its online resident-services portal for the first time since 2003, at a cost of $1.4 million. 

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A Jacksonville-based lawn and soil business is getting recognized as the U.S.  Senate Small Business of the week by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida). 

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The Jacksonville City Council and the Duval County Public Schools Board Wednesday met to discuss whether to put a half cent sales tax referendum before voters this year.  

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A member who was a controversial pick for Jacksonville’s Charter Revision Commission submitted his resignation from the panel Tuesday. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union in Jacksonville Thursday led a discussion on its priorities heading into the next Florida legislative session, which are:  criminal justice, immigrant rights and voting rights. 

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A Jacksonville state lawmaker wants to allow the mayor to appoint members to the Duval County Public Schools Board instead of their being elected by voters. 

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry on Thursday released a plan for the development of Lot J, which includes a high-rise apartment building, a boutique hotel, office space and 13,000 parking spaces. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with an $80 million cleanup of a Superfund site on Jacksonville’s Eastside where dangerous chemicals were stored for decades. Superfund sites are considered a national priority for remediation. 

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The Duval County Property Appraiser is cracking down on homestead exemption fraud. 

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A Jacksonville restaurant is facing lawsuits from customers who say they were hospitalized after eating contaminated basil.

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A North Florida Congressman is pushing legislation to tackle the food insecurity he says more than 30% of U.S. college students face.  

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Vice President Mike Pence and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump were in Jacksonville Friday to showcase the job opportunities they say are being driven by corporate tax cuts and apprenticeship programs. 

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Selling Jacksonville’s public utility, JEA, to a private company would make the transaction the biggest in the industry, according to experts.

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Jacksonville’s public utility is moving forward with a plan to explore privatization. 

JEA’s board Tuesday unanimously approved the resolution, which is a response to falling revenues as customers use less electricity. 

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Dozens of Murray Hill residents and business owners packed a public hearing Friday at City Hall to oppose a plan to turn demolish the former Jones College building and build a self-storage facility. 

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After nearly three decades of resettling refugees, the World Relief organization’s last office in Florida is set to close its doors in Jacksonville at the end of this month. 

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his $1.37 billion budget to the Jacksonville City Council Monday. As it has in years past, the mayor’s spending plan focuses on public safety and economic development.    

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The number of refugees who have resettled in Duval County has declined by more than 75% since the Trump Administration’s changes to the refugee resettlement policy. 

The Clay County Commission Tuesday rejected placing a half-cent sales tax for school funding on the ballot this year, according to WJCT-News partner The Florida Times Union.  

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Jacksonville’s Military Affairs and Veterans Department (MAVD) is receiving a $231,750 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support homeless veterans. 

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Two Jacksonville women are part of a federal lawsuit challenging a new state law that requires felons to first repay all financial penalties - such as court fees and restitution - before their right to vote is restored.

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Governor Ron Desantis is greenlighting legislation to eliminate local governments’ ability to impose affordable housing mandates on developers. 

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A new law could soon allow out-of-state physicians to treat Florida patients remotely.

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A decision on whether to hold a sales tax referendum for school repairs in Duval County will have to wait.

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Suspended Jacksonville City Council members Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown were back federal court Monday. 

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Another school district in Northeast Florida is taking part in the Guardian Program, which allows armed staff to patrol school grounds.

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A group of Jacksonville lawmakers recommended Tuesday the City Council punt the Duval School Board’s proposed half-cent sales tax referendum to next year.

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