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

Jacksonville Beach Fire Department

The Jacksonville Beach City Council delayed a vote Monday night on whether to merge its fire department services with the City of Jacksonville.

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A Jacksonville state lawmaker is pushing legislation to eliminate local government’s ability to impose affordable housing mandates on developers.

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Suspended Jacksonville District 8 City Councilwoman Katrina Brown said Thursday she’s confident about her upcoming federal fraud trial.

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The state is taking public input on new testing standards for Florida K-12 schools, as the Florida Department of Education works to overhaul Common Core following Gov.  Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order. Common Core is a set of academic standards in math and English that students are required to master.

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The North Florida Land Trust is moving its headquarters from Riverside into the historic Brewster Hospital in Jacksonville’s LaVilla neighborhood.

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A Jacksonville lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow state universities and colleges to sponsor K-12 public charter schools.

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Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene has committed to ensuring that principals and administrators at each school receive restorative justice training by the next school year.

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Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is rolling out a new on-demand service transit service for people with disabilities.

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A Jacksonville state lawmaker is pushing to expand a program that helps patients without traditional health insurance directly pay healthcare providers.  

 

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Northeast Florida State Attorney Melissa Nelson on Thursday asked the court to dismiss the 1976 murder sentences of two men after an investigation by her office concluded it no longer has confidence in the evidence of the case. 

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TriBridge Residential is moving ahead with new plans for its 500 Atlantic mixed-use development on Atlantic Boulevard at Third Street.

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Jacksonville’s public utility is rolling out a demand-based pricing pilot program this summer in an effort to reduce the load on the electric grid.

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In an effort to curb rising healthcare costs in Florida, lawmakers are pushing to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. 

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Jacksonville Beach could get a medical marijuana dispensary as early as this summer, after the city considered banning providers from setting up shop.  Two cannabis industry giants are eyeing properties within blocks of each other.  

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Two North Florida Congressmen are spearheading a bipartisan proposal that would fund workforce training for returning veterans.

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With self-driving technology growing increasingly common, two state lawmakers want to revamp the rules of the road to prepare for autonomous cars.

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More than a dozen people attended the Florida Department of Transportation’s open house in Riverside Thursday evening to voice concerns about the proposed removal of the Hart Bridge ramps into downtown and expansion of Gator Bowl Boulevard in front of TIAA Bank Field.

Bob Mack / The Florida Times-Union

Funding requests totaling $3 million from two Northwest Jacksonville charter schools are being pushed by state lawmakers.

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The four Jacksonville mayoral candidates whose names are on the ballot faced off in a televised debate Wednesday at Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute ahead of the March 19 elections.

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More than 200 mostly African-American residents packed a church in Northwest Jacksonville Monday evening to hear from the three mayoral hopefuls vying to unseat Mayor Lenny Curry.

UF Health

A $10 million funding request by UF Health Jacksonville to help renovate its trauma center and emergency room is getting support from state lawmakers.

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A Senate Bill that would permanently cut back the time Floridians have to apply for Medicaid if they want healthcare costs retroactively covered is up for debate when lawmakers reconvene in Tallahassee next week.

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More than 100 people in Jacksonville’s faith community are coming together to call on residents, businesses, and public officials to put a stop the growing violence.

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A Senate Bill that would block life-insurance companies from using genetic tests to determine coverage is gaining some traction in the Florida Legislature.

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The Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority is recommending the city scrap the unsolicited ‘Riverwalk Place’ proposal and instead seek a variety of redevelopment proposals for the recently demolished courthouse and City Hall annex sites.

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 A complaint filed last week by a Jacksonville pastor against Mayor Lenny Curry’s campaign for using police officers in a political ad might make a valid case, according to a University of North Florida professor.

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Mayoral candidate Anna Brosche Friday evening held a town hall in Springfield to make her case to voters. Few turned out to meet her.

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The Jacksonville Port Authority is starting the year off with record-breaking growth.

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As Jacksonville grapples with the recent uptick in its murder rate, city officials are considering hiring a Chicago-based nonprofit that promises solutions.

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