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.

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Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History (MOSH) is debuting an exhibit this weekend that examines the country’s uncomfortable history of lynching and its role in racial injustice.

Ryan Companies US Inc.

Despite Jacksonville's soliciting bids to potentially sell its public utility,  JEA is still moving forward with plans to build a new headquarters.


Some 8,200 new multifamily units are under construction in the Jacksonville metro area. Despite all the construction, Jacksonville’s vacancy rate is projected to remain below 5% through 2019. The occupancy rate is currently at a record high of 96.5%

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The Diocese of St. Augustine is urging prayer ahead of the scheduled Thursday execution of Gary Ray Bowles, who pleaded guilty to the 1994 murder of Jacksonville's Walter Hinton.

HandyQuip (left) and Sardaka/Wikimedia Commons (right)

For those with disabilities, travel can seem out of reach.

A new exhibit featuring two Hoffman's two-toed sloths opens Friday at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

Friday a new exhibit featuring two Hoffman's two-toed sloths will be opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

Jacksonville's Lynyrd Skynyrd performed a farewell concert in September at TIAA Bank Field in front of an estimated 40,000 fans.
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Jacksonville's Lynyrd Skynyrd has put its “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour” on hold while guitarist Gary Rossington recovers.

A JTA bus

Starting on September 30, most Jacksonville Transportation Authority customers will pay increased fares.

The Daily's food truck was custom built in Ohio and is towed by a modified Ford F550.

Daily’s has decided to go big.

The sponsors of the Daily’s Place amphitheater have a new 48-foot, custom-built food truck that’s fresh off an Ohio assembly line.

Visit Jacksonville

Next year the currently closed St. Johns River Ferry will receive another multi-million dollar upgrade, thanks in large part to a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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GateHouse Media's parent company is acquiring Gannett in a deal that it says will result in "cost synergies of $275 to $300 million annually, unlocking meaningful shareholder value."


The Jacksonville Public Library system is temporarily closing six branch libraries to make repairs to their air conditioning systems.

The first three libraries closed Monday:

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

It may only be August but one of Jacksonville's best known holiday season events is already in the planning stage.

Clay County Sheriff's Office

Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels is facing more challengers to reelection, as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates claims surrounding his extramarital affair with a subordinate officer when he worked at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

City of Jacksonville / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s office has released the terms of a proposed deal between the city and Jacksonville I-C Parcel One Holding Company, LLC, a joint venture between Gecko Investments, LLC (an affiliate of the Jacksonville Jaguars) and The Cordish Companies.