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.

Associated Press

WJCT News is carrying Tuesday night's first presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump.

The statues on the eastern side of the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine were adorned with facemasks in April.

Following the state's lead, St. Augustine is easing up on its COVID-19 restrictions.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry (right) has extended his mandatory mask emergency executive proclamation.

Although Gov. Ron DeSantis has eased COVID-19 statewide restrictions, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has extended his order that face coverings be worn when social distancing isn’t possible in public indoor settings.

President Donald Trump is pictured campaigning in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sept. 8, 2020.
Evan Vucci / Associated Press

The Lincoln Project is made up of a group of Republicans actively working to “defeat Donald Trump and Trumpism.”

The Florida Channel file photo

Friday afternoon Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he is lifting all occupancy restrictions on restaurants and other businesses on a statewide level, effective immediately.

"Closed" sign
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool has informed Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the state that due to “natural disaster,” it is laying off 89 workers.

This file photo shows a portion of Naval Air Station Jacksonville with the Downtown skyline in the background.
Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Lynn Friant / U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

Amentum, a federal contractor, has informed the state of Florida it may be forced to layoff 13 people who work at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in October as part of nationwide staff reductions.

Mable, April and Kelly Ann are among the Asian elephants that will be coming to  White Oak Conservation.
White Oak Conservation

A signature piece of “The Greatest Show On Earth” is being retired to White Oak Conservation in Nassau County.

President Donald Trump (left) is pictured in Washington, D.C. Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden is pictured in Wilmington, Del.
Associated Press

Tuesday, Sept. 22, marks National Voter Registration Day, the nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating democracy that has been observed since 2012.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida)
Brynn Anderson / 2019 Associated Press file photo

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has gone on the record saying the Senate should consider President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87 of cancer.

The death has touched off a political firestorm because the Republican-controlled Senate in 2016 refused to take up Democratic President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court during an election year.

Gov. Ron DeSantis
The Florida Channel

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday he is proposing legislation that would cut off state grant funding to local governments that "slash" law enforcement budgets, as part a bigger plan aimed at curbing violent protests.

Electrify America fast-charge pump and VW ID.4
Electrify America

Being an early adopter has its perks.

This photo was posted on the Castillo de San Marcos National Mounment's Facebook page Sunday, showing flooding at the monument's Downtown St. Augustine parking lot.
Castillo de San Marcos National Mounment / Via Facebook

With flooding in St. Augustine due to rain, high tides and Hurricane Teddy in the Atlantic Ocean, the city is offering residents free parking at the multi-level Historic Downtown Park Facility Monday, Sept. 21, and Tuesday, Sept. 22.


American Technical Ceramics has informed Mayor Lenny Curry and the state it expects to eliminate approximately 80 Jacksonville jobs in November.

Downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The Jacksonville area’s employment picture is improving, although the rate is still higher than it was at this time last year.

In this Oct. 12, 2017, photo, Jon Pardi poses in Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Mark Humphrey / Associated Press

You’ll be able to open the sunroof or drop the top for Jacksonville’s first drive-in country music concert at Lot J at the Downtown Jacksonville sports complex this fall, as country music star Jon Pardi comes to town for an Oct. 10 concert at 7:30 p.m.


JEA is sending 30 people to the Florida Panhandle to assist with Hurricane Sally recovery.

 Ollie 2.0 autonomous test vehicle

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has received the sixth in a series of zero-emission, autonomous test vehicles as it moves toward expanding, modernizing and replacing the Skyway monorail system.

Shawana Brooks shared this post on her Instagram page after being named a Visit Jacksonville Ambassador.
Shawana Brooks' Instagram page

Visit Jacksonville is tapping into the marketing power of social influencers to try to drum up interest in Duval County.

This rendering illustrates the planned Martiime 618 on Adams St. in Downtown Jacksonville.

Capt. Sandy Yawn, a star of Bravo TV's Below Deck Mediterranean series, is moving forward with plans to open a new Downtown Jacksonville restaurant and rooftop bar by announcing a name, website and renovation timeline.

John Raoux / Associated Press

For fans heading to TIAA Bank Field this Sunday to see the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Indianapolis Colts, the experience will be different than in past years as the NFL copes with the realities of the pandemic.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Saying goodbye to the dreaded commute – at least for a while – is leaving workers a lot of time to do their jobs, according to a new report.

General Motors

Uber has set a goal for 100% of its U.S. rides to be in zero-emission vehicles by 2030.

Photo of UPS employees
Dylan Lovan / Associated Press file photo

UPS is gearing up for its annual holiday season hiring spree.

Charles Krupa / Associated Press file photo

Duval County Public Schools reported seven new confirmed COVID-19 cases for Tuesday, September 8, among three students and four staff members across the district.

SRCS IOT Services

As more students and parents study and work from home due to the pandemic, reliable internet access is more critical than ever.

Photo of house for sale

In yet another sign that its a seller’s market on the First Coast, a new report ranks the Jacksonville metro area No. 4 in the nation for most competitive homebuyers.

File photo of solar roof.
Matthew Brown / Associated Press file photo

A new report finds just over a half-percent of Jacksonville’s buildings have rooftop solar.

Julio Cortez / Associated Press

Florida’s saltwater waterways may end up being a little more crowded over the holiday weekend, in part  due to an announcement from Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday morning.

Karen Brune Mathis / Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville-Based Venus Fashion has informed the state it plans to permanently lay off approximately 120 employees.