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.

Jacksonville District 9 City Councilman Garrett Dennis

With Jacksonville COVID-19 cases surging, District 9 City Councilman Garrett Dennis is calling for the city to resume publicly funding coronavirus testing.


The e-bike craze has arrived in St. Augustine.

Downtown Vision, Inc.

The in-person First Wednesday Art Walk is scheduled to return to the streets of Downtown Jacksonville on October 6 following a hiatus during the pandemic.

Bestbet, which operates cardrooms and simulcast wagering in Jacksonville and Orange Park, announced Wednesday it is requiring all employees to be vaccinated to guard against the delta variant of coronavirus. 


The St. Johns County School Board approved a new dress code policy Tuesday after months of debate and a parent survey this summer.

Baptist Medical Center Beaches in Jacksonville Beach is pictured.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Baptist Health in Jacksonville announced Tuesday it is joining a growing list of organizations that will require full vaccinations for its employees.


The used car market in Jacksonville continued its upward spike in June with prices up 39.8%, according to iSeeCars, which said that translates into an average increase of $8,473 over the same period last year.

Danny Karnik / Associated Press

The Georgia Department of Health is offering free vaccinations and testing in Camden County this week to try and slow the "unprecedented" surge of COVID-19 in the area.

Rock 'Em Socks

Love it or hate it, the giant sculpture proposed for Downtown Jacksonville is generating plenty of buzz, which has an Orlando-based sock company cashing in.

Caffeine & Octane - Jacksonville is pictured July 10, 2021 at The Avenues mall.
Mike Rioux / Via Jacksonville Car Culture

Following up on its biggest event ever, Jacksonville Car Culture announced Friday a new automotive event is coming Saturday, September 4. Called 904 Octane, it will be held at WJCT Public Media in Downtown Jacksonville.

John Raoux / Associated Press file photo

In a campaign email this week from the Friends of Ron DeSantis political action committee, Gov. DeSantis called for the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor to be fired and investigated.


The hunt for fast chargers will soon be getting easier for non-Tesla electric vehicle drivers.

Dentist and patient
Aaron Favila / Associated Press

The Florida Dental Association Foundation (FDA Foundation) will host its sixth Florida Mission of Mercy event on Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31, at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville at no costs to patients.

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 17 or complete a "declination process."

Sleiman Enterprises

The original Outback Crab Shack opened in 1984 and was popular with locals and tourists until it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew and forced to close in 2016. Now it’s making a comeback as a new restaurant is built at the site.

Foreclosure sign

The housing markets in four Florida counties, including Clay, rank among the top 40 U.S. counties most vulnerable to the economic impact of the pandemic.


The Florida Coastal School of Law announced Wednesday it is suing the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

Mary Altaffer / Associated Press file photo

Face masks will be optional for the fall semester in the St. Johns County School District.

St. Simons Island, Ga. / Via Facebook

St. Simons Island, Ga., is serving as a location shoot this week for the upcoming Netflix series, Pieces of Her, which is based on the novel by the same name written by Karin Slaughter. Toni Collette stars in the show. 

This rendering illustrates the new WDs that will open in the Miramar Center shopping plaza.
Southeastern Grocers

Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers (SEG) is launching a new liquor store concept in its home market.

The Carnival Ecstasy is pictured docked at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal in March 2020.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Carnival Cruise Line is planning to continue ramping its operations back up in September and October, but so far Jacksonville’s Carnival Ecstasy doesn’t have a firm back-in-service date.


As automakers look for creative ways to deal with the worldwide microchip shortage, expanded choice for radio listeners is starting to be affected.

USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) patrols the Atlantic waters in July 2020.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Louis Staats / U.S. Navy Via Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Naval Station Mayport is welcoming its latest arrival on Monday.

John Locher / Associated Press

As the Las Vegas Sands casino operation contributes $17 million to a political war chest for a 2022 Florida constitutional amendment push to bring casino gambling to North Florida, Mayor Lenny Curry is going on the record in favor of bringing a Sands location to Jacksonville.

New homes are pictured being built in Hillsdale Estates on Jacksonville's Southside in March 2021.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Not only is Jacksonville the biggest city by land mass in the continental U.S., but it turns out its residents also – on average – have the second largest yards in the nation.

SouthEast Development Group

With several Northbank development proposals emerging, SouthEast Development Group has updated its proposed $1.1 billion Riverfront Jacksonville master plan.

Keystone Beach along Lake Geneva is pictured. Signed agreements are expected to improve Lake Geneva's water level.
St. Johns River Water Management District

Keystone Heights residents are a step closer to seeing their parched lakefront properties restored to healthier water levels.


JTA’s autonomous shuttle program, called the U2C (Ultimate Urban Circulator), is now a testbed for an airless tire system developed by Goodyear.

A 2014 Cadillac ELR is pictured charging in a Jacksonville homeowner's garage.

Next month JEA will be launching an incentive program aimed at electric vehicle drivers that could cover the cost of electricity needed to drive up to 2,000 or more miles per year.

The Salt Life lifestyle brand, which was founded in Jacksonville Beach, is expanding with stores in South Carolina and Texas.