Abukar Adan


Abukar Adan

Abukar joins 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 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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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


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.

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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.