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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Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman’s picks for the new Charter Revision Commission have gone largely unopposed, but one of them got some push back at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

The Duval School Board’s request for the Jacksonville City Council to put a half-cent sales tax before voters is gaining some traction.  

Jacksonville City Council

Nearly 70 residents spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, most of them to urge the Jacksonville City Council to let voters decide on a half-cent sales tax the School Board is requesting to help repair and replace Duval County’s aging schools.

CYD HOSKINSON / WJCT-News

The Jacksonville City Council is holding a hearing Tuesday on whether to allow the public to vote on a half-cent sales tax increase to help repair and replace the Duval County School District’s aging school buildings.

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

Thousands of Muslims gathered at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville Tuesday to close out the month of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr prayers, known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast.”

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Jacksonville’s public utility is partnering with a multinational corporation to tackle the problem of sewer lines being damaged by people flushing the wrong things down the toilet.

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A four-member delegation from the University of North Florida is setting out to forge a partnership with the University of Haifa during Gov. Ron DeSantis’ week-long business trip to Israel.  

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Jacksonville is opening a firearm forensics center that will help officers generate leads in cases involving violent crime.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to reporters.
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Vice President Mike Pence visited the Schultz Center in Jacksonville Monday to kick off a 26 city tour to build support for a new trade deal.

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis is leading an effort to garner support for his bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

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The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved legislation on Wednesday that may get grocers to move into the city’s Northwest quadrant to curb so-called food deserts.

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Vice President Mike Pence is kicking off a 26 city tour of battleground states in Jacksonville on Monday, May 20.

Ryan Benk / WJCT-News

Jacksonville descendants of enslaved Africans are poised to receive state funding to build a park commemorating the area's history. 

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Legislation filed this week by Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana is getting pushback from top city officials.

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

Gov. Ron DeSantis is touring the state to tout a new school voucher program that’s projected to help as many as 18,000 students go to private schools next year.

BRENDAN RIVERS / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is raising concerns about a proposal by the Duval County Public Schools Board that would ask voters to approve a half-cent tax increase to repair and replace the district’s aging schools in a November 5 referendum.

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

The 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) is reviewing applications for a vacancy on the Duval County Court.

Shealah Craighead / The White House

The Trump Administration is supporting a request Florida lawmakers just passed to curb rising drug costs by allowing the state to important cheaper prescription drugs from outside the U.S.

Lindsey Killbride / WJCT-News

A plan put forward by Duval County Public Schools to ask voters for a ½ cent sales-tax increase to repair or replace the district’s aging school buildings through a ballot referendum may hit some roadblocks.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign a proposal would allow public and charter schools to carry guns in the classroom, although many school districts are unlikely to arm instructors.

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

Early voting in Jacksonville’s runoff elections is now underway ahead of Election Day, May 14.

District 10 City Council Democratic candidate Celestine Mills is a prosthetic coordinator at One Call Care Management, a workers’ compensation company that helps injured patients get prosthetics.

Heather Schatz / WJCT-News

With the craft liquor distillery business booming in Florida, state lawmakers are pushing to ease rules on how distillers sell spirits.

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Early voting in Jacksonville’s runoff elections is now underway ahead of Election Day, May 14.

One of the five City Council races on ballot is District 14, covering parts of the Westside, Avondale and Riverside. The two candidates are Democrat Sunny Gettinger and Republican Randy DeFoor.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

A group of Duval parents are being asked to tweak their argument in a legal fight against armed guards in public schools.

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A bill that would bar life insurances companies from using genetic tests to determine coverage is inching closer to passing the Florida Legislature.

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A bill that would bar city employees in uniform from appearing in campaign ads is set to be introduced and council members will celebrate the legacy of a long time city administrator at Tuesday’s Jacksonville City Council meeting.

FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

A bill aimed at making sure people with mental health and substance abuse disorders have access to early intervention and peer mentorship has unanimously cleared the Florida House.

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With less than a month to go before the May 14 runoff election, WJCT is profiling the candidates in the 5 City Council races.

MYFLORIDAHOUSE.GOV

A Jacksonville lawmaker’s push to ban so-called sanctuary cities through stiff penalties for communities that fail to fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities is gaining traction in the Florida Legislature.  

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A Jacksonville lawmaker’s push to ban so-called sanctuary cities through stiff penalties for communities that fail to fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities is gaining traction in the Florida Legislature.  

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