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.

GOVERNOR-ELECT RON DESANTIS TRANSITION

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis’ transition committees are meeting this week in Tallahassee to help the Republican iron out his policy agenda in advance of his January 8 inauguration.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News


  The Duval County Public School District is set to roll out a state-mandated policy to identify troubled students before they become a safety threat.

Abukar Adan / WJCT NEWS

The North Florida Land Trust Friday handed over ownership of a Spanish-American War Fort in Jacksonville to the National Park Service.

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Those fishing from Florida’s coastlines may soon be barred from the popular practice of using chum to attract sharks near beaches.

Abukar Adan / WJCT NEWS


  The Jacksonville nonprofit JASMYN is adding a new safety-net resource center to support homeless young people at its Riverside campus.

CYD HOSKINSON / WJCT NEWS

A lawsuit brought by Jacksonville parents against the Duval County School District for hiring so-called “safety assistants” was rejected Tuesday on technical grounds.  

Downtown Vision

There’s a 100 percent chance of snow Wednesday evening in downtown Jacksonville’s Hemming Park.

Jacksonville Daily Record


  A group of Jacksonville parents and the League of Women Voters are suing the Duval County School District for hiring armed guards to patrol school grounds.

 

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Some Jacksonville parents Thursday joined the League of Women Voters in filing a lawsuit against the Duval County Public School District for hiring armed staffers to patrol school grounds.

Abukar Adan / WJCT NEWS

With World AIDS Day coming up on Saturday, city leaders and advocates kicked off a weeklong awareness campaign Monday at Jacksonville’s City Hall with the 19th annual AIDs Quilt Ceremony.

Abukar Adan / WJCT News

The USS Sioux City arrived Wednesday at its new home base, Naval Station Mayport.  

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With the midterm elections just behind us, Jacksonville's city election is already heating up ahead of next spring.

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  One week remains to donate to the Jacksonville Tribute Fund, which was set up for the victims of the August mass shooting at The Jacksonville Landing.

Darryl Willie, a former teacher and now the Executive Director of Teach for America Jacksonville, was recently elected to the school board Duval County’s 4th District, which covers parts of Jacksonville’s Northside and Eastside.

Abukar Adan / WJCT

The federally subsidized Eureka Gardens apartment complex in Jacksonville has a new owner, new name and new look.

At the grand reopening ceremony Thursday, Millennia Housing and city leaders celebrated a new start for a complex that had been plagued with disrepair and gas leaks.

Abukar Adan / WJCT

Four Duval County public schools were recently named “Schools of Excellence” by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), bringing the total number of district schools with the state designation to 31. 

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Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman Tuesday condemned a resolution to return hurricane-relief money to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In a written statement, Bowman called the legislation “an attack on religious freedoms.”

ANDERSEN CAMPAIGN VIA FACEBOOK


  Elizabeth Andersen, a former teacher turned therapist, was elected to the school board for Duval County’s 2nd District on Tuesday. She beat Nick Howland to replace Scott Shine who did not seek re-election after his first term. Andersen will be representing the Beaches.

Based on Thursday afternoon unofficial election returns, it's looking like the governor's race is headed toward a recount along with the high profile U.S. Senate and Agriculture Commissioner races.

Abukar Adan / WJCT News

Ron Desantis has narrowly defeated Andrew Gillum to become the next governor of Florida. 

One of the counties that Gillum carried was Duval, with more than 51 percent of votes cast.

DeSantis Pins Hopes On GOP Turnout Tuesday

Nov 6, 2018
Abukar Adan / WJCT News

Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis greeted supporters and cast his ballot at Ponte Vedra Beach Tuesday morning.

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Some Jacksonville residents say they’ve received misleading text messages about the JEA straw ballot question.

Abukar Adan / WJCT News


  Eight local veteran-serving organizations were awarded a combined $50,000 in Resources and Reintegration community grants Friday, part of this year’s Celebration of Valor.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

As might be expected, there’s a considerable difference in the fundraising prowess between the candidates running in the three Duval County School board races.

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As schools in the districts hardest hit by Hurricane Michael begin to reopen, five independent booksellers across the state are hosting a fundraiser to re-stock the libraries of those schools. One of the participating bookstores is in Fernandina Beach.         

Abukar Adan / WJCT News

The St. Johns River Ferry in Atlantic Beach officially reopens Thursday, after being taken out of service for 45 days for repairs and maintenance.

Abukar Adan / WJCT News

Two Jacksonville City Council members held a public hearing Friday morning to discuss growing concerns about $2.8 million in hurricane relief money donated by the United Arab Emirates.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence rallied in support of Florida’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis at a campaign in Jacksonville Thursday.

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