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.

Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

WJCT offers congratulations to The Florida Times-Union's Sandy Strickland, who is celebrating 50 years of reporting in Jacksonville. 


As 2019 draws to a close and a number of new electric vehicles are being introduced,  would-be plugin motorists might want to double check which incentives are – and aren’t - available in Jacksonville.

Susan Walsh / Associated Press

Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL 3) has announced he will retire at the end of his current term, which will conclude when the 116th Congress closes in January 2021. His seat will be on the ballot during next year's presidential election.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

JEA board member Andy Allen submitted his resignation last week, JEA announced on Tuesday morning. 

Downtown Vision

Approximately 40,000 programmable LED lights have been installed along Laura Street in Downtown Jacksonville.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

As a third workshop on the proposed JEA sale is convened Monday, a petition drive opposing the sale is gaining steam.


Momentum continues to build on the Jacksonville City Council to try to put the brakes on a potential sale of JEA.

St. Johns Fire Rescue Department

The latest U.S. Census Bureau numbers show St. Johns County added about 11,000 residents between mid-2017 and mid-2018, making it one of the fastest-growth counties in the nation.

Illustration by WJCT / In studio photo of Bob Bednar by Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union

Bob Bednar, the host of WJCT’s longest running local program, has passed away at the age of 86.

The holiday season kicks off in Downtown Jacksonville Wednesday night with a variety of activities.


The city’s negotiations with grocers to keep Jacksonville’s Brentwood area on the Northside from becoming a food desert appear to be working.

City of Jacksonville

The city isn’t letting the demolition of The Jacksonville Landing interrupt its Downtown holiday traditions.

U.S. Navy file image

Naval Station Mayport’s newest Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship has finally made it home for the first time.

Jacksonville Humane Society

The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) and Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) are offering an extra incentive beginning on Black Friday in an effort to help more cats and dogs find new homes during the long holiday weekend.


JEA announced Monday it is swapping out its negotiating team after conflict of interest concerns were raised.