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 mayoral candidate Anna Brosche gave a keynote speech about her bid to unseat incumbent Lenny Curry to a room full of Democratic City Council hopefuls and progressive advocates.

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After a string of shootings left six dead over the past four days, two Jacksonville lawmakers say it's time to declare a state of emergency.

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A bill that would pour nearly $3.5 million into repairing and replacing Jacksonville’s security cameras is moving ahead in the City Council.

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Jacksonville is opening a center that will provide services during the day to homeless people. 


A bill that would prevent local governments from charging affordable housing developers impact fees is moving forward in the Florida Senate.

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Northeast Florida Representative John Rutherford is leading a legislative effort to prohibit seismic airgun testing the Atlantic Ocean for a decade.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was at City Hall on Friday to formally present a $25 million federal grant Jacksonville was awarded in December.

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The latest TV attack ad in the Jacksonville mayoral race has launched. This one is from the political action committee called A New Day that is supporting Anna Lopez Brosche’s campaign against incumbent Lenny Curry

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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday in Jacksonville he wants to get rid of the waitlist that nearly 2,000 students that have applied for a state special needs scholarship are on.

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Some San Marco residents and business owners are against the City of Jacksonville’s proposed closure of a railroad crossing next to a busy area that includes multiple restaurants.


Baldwin’s two year fight to stop Jacksonville-based CSX Railroad Company from causing traffic congestion has made its way to the State House.

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A planned pedestrian and bike path would turn the Southbank Riverwalk into a continuous loop and tie it in with much of San Marco.

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The City of Jacksonville is asking to close a railroad crossing in San Marco next to a busy retail center.  

JIA Seeing Flight Delays As FAA Experiences Sick Leave Increase During Shutdown

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A signficiant number of flights were being delayed in Jacksonville and around the country Friday due to a shortage of air traffic controllers during the partial government shutdown. 

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St. Augustine is home to one of five sites in Florida recently added to the United States Civil Rights Trail - a tourism marketing creation. The city’s historic black district is one of more than 100 locations in 15 states on the trail’s website.

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A new Florida advocacy group is pushing for more school choice, as well as term limits for school board members and charter school independence.

The School Choice Movement, which launched in Tallahassee Wednesday, is led by three former school board members, including Jacksonville’s Scott Shine.

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Even though the rate of new HIV diagnoses is declining nationwide, Jacksonville’s is on the rise. And African-Americans are most likely to be infected.

In particular, black women in Northeast Florida are almost 7.3 times more likely to contract HIV than white women, according to the Florida Department of Health.    

But one Jacksonville advocate is on a mission to close that gap — starting with young girls.  

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Some hospice and palliative doctors are seeking a drug database exemption for terminally ill patients.


  It’s official. Jacksonville City Councilwoman and former City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche is running against incumbent Mayor Lenny Curry.

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  A Florida Senate Committee Tuesday approved moving legislation forward aimed at preventing local municipalities from regulating homeowners’ vegetable gardens.

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Several dozen people who served prison sentences congregated at the Duval County Supervisors of Election downtown Tuesday morning to register to vote.

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  The six-part docu-series Surviving R. Kelly has stirred widespread debate about the allegations of sexual abuse and pedophilia against singer R. Kelly.


But long before Lifetime’s exhaustive profile aired, a Jacksonville-based DJ stopped playing the acclaimed R&B singer’s hits all together.

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Proposed legislation aimed at changing Jacksonville’s building codes to increase parking is running up against opposition, despite getting unanimous support in one of the City Council committees in November.

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An effort between the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office and local hotels could help improve the safety of hotels and motels.

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A new report shows medical marijuana use in Florida is steadily rising.


Jacksonville City Councilwoman Anna Brosche has yet to launch a mayoral run, but incumbent Lenny Curry is already going on the offensive with negative TV political ads against her.  

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School choice is a priority for the education advisory committee Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis has convened to help shape his policy goals.

The panel met for a second time in Tallahassee Friday.

Related: DeSantis Transition Team Discusses Concerns About Teacher Pay, K-12 Funding 

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Florida’s National Parks are being affected by the partial government shutdown. 

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The graduation rate in Duval County Public Schools hit an all-time high this year, the state announced this week.


  Jacksonville resident Kent Stermon is leading Florida Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis’ advisory committee on public safety.