Bill Bortzfield


Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.

As WJCT's Digital Content Editor, Bill produces digital news content for, the station's smartphone app and social media. He also reports for 89.9 FM and occasionally works on videos for WJCT's media platforms.

He's covered stories ranging from presidents and community leaders to hurricane preparations and automotive news.

Bill also worked as the Digital Director at First Coast News, overseeing that station's website, apps and social media platforms. 

He got his start as a TV news producer, working at stations including KRIV-Fox 26 in Houston, where he also served as the assistant news director, and at KESQ-ABC 3 in Palm Desert, Calif., where he was the station's news director.

Married with two grown children, Bill enjoys cars, motorcycles, community events and - most importantly - family and friends.

The Ugly Cupcake Muffinry
The Ugly Cupcake Muffinry / Via Facebook

A well-known Jacksonville Beach café and bakery is closing as a result of the pandemic.

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Jacksonville’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will be held Monday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m.


District 9 Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis called for Mayor Lenny Curry to resign Thursday on WJCT News’ First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.

“Lenny Curry and his administration is probably the most corrupt administration the city has ever seen,” Dennis said on air.

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Jacksonville’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will be held Monday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m., while two annual MLK Day breakfasts on Friday, Jan. 15, are going virtual this year.


Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that $1.4 billion in emergency rental assistance to Floridians is on its way as part of the federal COVID-19 relief legislation signed into law on Dec. 27.

A view of the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance at the Ritz-Carlton.

Organizers of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance announced Monday the annual classic car show and its related events at the Ritz-Carlton and surrounding area are being moved to May 20 - May 23 this year.

St. Augustine's City Hall is pictured during Nights of Lights.

There will be no St. Augustine City Commission meeting on Monday, Jan. 11, the city announced Friday.

This rendering illustrates a view of the proposed Lot J project.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Friday afternoon, “I’m not concerned,” about the $245.3 million cost the city will be assuming if City Council approves the Lot J entertainment and retail project proposal next week.

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Big concert gatherings might be resuming this year, with at least one big national tour scheduling its kick-off at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville this summer.

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Jacksonville-area Republican U.S. Rep. John Rutherford has now recognized Joe Biden as the president-elect after being part of the group of Republicans who late Wednesday night objected to two states' election results, hours after pro-Trump extremists had stormed the Capitol and forced the Electoral College certification process to be halted Wednesday.

A home on Jacksonville's Southside is pictured for sale on Oct. 7, 2020.

The rapid rise of Jacksonville home prices is expected to accelerate in 2021.

Sun-Ray Cinema / Via Facebook

Sun-Ray Cinema, which has hosted pop-up drive-in movies at several locations during the pandemic, has decided the time is right for a permanent Jacksonville drive-in theater.

Jacksonville Daily Record

TIAA has informed the state it is laying off 59 employees in Jacksonville.

State Attorney Melissa Nelson's office

Saying she is excited to bring data and transparency to Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit, State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office has unveiled a new data dashboard website.

Doug Marrone is pictured on the sidelines during his final game as Jaguars head coach on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Zach Bolinger / Associated Press

Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone has been let go after Sunday’s 28-14 season finale loss to the Indianapolis Colts.


Duval County's health department is now accepting appointments online for COVID-19 vaccinations for people 65 years old and older, along with healthcare workers and EMS workers who have direct patient contact.


As we look ahead to the new year, there is no question that the pandemic will continue to be the biggest story in Jacksonville and across the world, but that’s just one of the First Coast stories WJCT News will be following.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is pictured.
Matt Slocum / Associated Press

The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County is now vaccinating people 65 and older after receiving its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. However, new appointments are not currently being accepted, the county said, and people should "check back this weekend" for further information.

Duval Democrats say this security footage shows a man with a gas mask and a threatening note.
Duval County Democratic Party

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating a threatening note that reads in part, “we want blood,” that was left at the Duval County Democratic Party headquarters.

This July 2020 photo shows a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health.
Hans Pennink / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the initial distribution plan for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, assuming it's approved. A key FDA panel is meeting Thursday to consider recommending the vaccine’s approval.

Feeding Northeast Florida file photo

Publix and Feeding Northeast Florida are rolling out a six-week program to help keep people fed going into the new year.

Georgia Power

Plant Vogtle, which JEA has a contract to buy power from, has reached a milestone with the first nuclear fuel shipment for Unit 3, which has been under construction.

Dean Black
Left photos: Cyd Hoskinson, Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News / Right photo: Duval County Republican Party

The Republican Party of Duval County's Executive Committee has unanimously voted to reelect Dean Black as the county's party chairman.

A patient looks at images with her doctor in this file photo.
Gregory Bull / Associated Press

Tuesday, Dec. 15, is the deadline to apply for health insurance through the federal exchange. Despite being eligible, approximately 93,000 people in Duval County still haven’t taken advantage of coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

121 Financial Ballpark, the home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Jumbo Shrimp owner and CEO Ken Babby is bullish on Jacksonville’s future.

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Indiana Public Media

The St. Johns County School District is ending students' ability to move between virtual and in-class instruction starting in January.

Jacksonville’s annual tree lighting ceremony will be a virtual event Tuesday evening, Dec. 8.

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press Sept. 2020 file photo

A new report finds 15.6% of Florida’s renting households are at risk of eviction in the next two months.

Aevum has unveiled its Ravn X autonomous launch vehicle, which is expected to launch next year from Cecil Spaceport on Jacksonville’s Westside.

Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

As a proposed $457 million development next to TIAA Bank Field that includes more than $230 million in city investments goes before City Council Thursday, a new poll out the same day finds a majority of Jacksonville voters oppose it.