Bill Bortzfield

DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR

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 WJCT.org, 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.

North Florida TPO

A major debate is underway about how to fund, grow and expand Jacksonville’s urban core transit system.

Will Dickey / Florida Times-Union file photo

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians that use the Independent Drive ramp to the Main Street Bridge will have to find another route starting Thursday.

Madini and Lash are the proud parents of a baby western lowland gorilla born Friday at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Associated Press

The Jacksonville City Council is scheduled to discuss a plan Tuesday evening to rename a historic Jacksonville baseball field in honor of the late baseball great Hank Aaron.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp have announced a five-year sponsorship deal with Jacksonville-based FIS along with this season's giveaways and 19 fireworks displays.

City of Jacksonville file photo

This year’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival will be held in the fall.

The new shared use path on the Fuller Warren Bridge is due to be finished in the fall of 2021.
FDOT

It won’t be too much longer until you’ll be able to walk or bicycle across the Fuller Warren Bridge.

FDOT

The intersection of County Road 220 West and State Road 21 in Clay County will reopen in its new configuration on Friday, April 9.

Jenny Kane / Associated Press file photo

Fidelity Investments has announced a big national hiring spree, which will include filling 375 new full-time jobs in Jacksonville by mid-year.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The annual Richest People in the World list from Forbes is out and two First Coast residents are on it, along with Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

Cory Huston / NASA via Associated Press

After rejecting a series of amendments proposed by Democrats, the Senate could vote as soon as Wednesday on potentially far-reaching changes to Florida’s property insurance system.

Cory Huston / NASA via Associated Press

After rejecting a series of amendments proposed by Democrats, the Senate could vote as soon as Wednesday on potentially far-reaching changes to Florida’s property insurance system.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The Independent Drive ramp to the southbound Main Street Bridge will close permanently April 15 as crews prepare to demolish it, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Stephen Meyers (left) paused for a photo as he arrived in Downtown Jacksonville Tuesday.
Stephen Meyers' Facebook page

Stephen Meyers officially reached his goal Wednesday of walking through 20 states to meet with veterans, first responders and people interested in learning more about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as he stepped on the sand in Jacksonville Beach.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured.
Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

St. Johns County announced Wednesday it is now accepting COVID-19 vaccination appointment preregistrations for Florida residents age 16 years and older to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Masks will continue to be required at the Florida Theatre for the foreseeable future.
Florida Theatre

Now that Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has lifted Duval County’s mask mandate, the question becomes: what’s next?

Darwin Lam / Naval Service Training Command

An officer candidate from Jacksonville has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for saving a shipmate’s life.

Downtown Jacksonville skyline file photo.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Nearly $29 million in federal money will be distributed by the city of Jacksonville to help Duval County residents who may have been unable to pay their rent or utility bills due to a loss of income related to COVID-19.

Clay County Fire Rescue

Clay County Fire Rescue and the Orange Park Fire Department battled an overnight blaze at St. Simon Baptist Church in the 1300 block of Miller Street.

Foreground photo: City of St. Augustine / Background photo: Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News

Commander Jennifer Michaux has been selected to serve as the next Chief of Police for the St. Augustine Police Department.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is pictured announcing new COVID-19 vaccination guidelines.
Gov. Ron DeSantis' office

Beginning Monday, March 29, everyone age 40 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida.

Chris Ambrosio
Foreground photo: City of Jacksonville Beach / Background photo: Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News

The city of Jacksonville Beach announced Wednesday its city attorney has been arrested.

Krispy Kreme will give customers that show a valid COVID vaccination card a free glazed donut.
Business Wire

Krispy Kreme, which has four Jacksonville donut shop locations, has rolled out a tasty incentive for people to get their COVID-19 vaccines.

Vice President Kamala Harris, left, receives a vaccination center tour from FEMA's Gracie Szchech Monday, as Jacksonville Lenny Curry, left, and Rep. Al Lawson, fourth from left, look on.
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Jacksonville Monday afternoon.

Harris departed Washington, D.C., landing at Jacksonville International Airport at 1:39 p.m., according to the White House. 

Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Coronavirus vaccines are now open to everyone age 50 and up in Florida, but a University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville doctor would like to see that number dropped down to age 16.

Phil Sears / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that Florida will start offering COVID-19 vaccines to all people age 50 and older starting Monday.

The red outline in this satellite photo of the Corporate Square area is where Sawyer's Preserve will be built.
Satellite image provided by Lafayette/Gotham Communications

The growing build-to-rent home trend is coming to the Corporate Square area of Jacksonville's Southside.

Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II (15) warms up moments before the start of the game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, at TIAA Bank Field. The Bears won 41-17.
Gary McCullough / Associated Press

The Jacksonville Jaguars kicked off their 2021 season ticket renewal campaign Tuesday, saying they plan sell tickets with an expectation that TIAA Bank Field will return to full capacity.

Doherty Sommers Architects Engineers, Inc. / Anastasia Mosquito Control District

A new $3 million museum focusing on mosquitoes and other bugs that will include an insect-themed outdoor playground for children is being built in St. Johns County.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

It’s time for that semi-annual reminder to set your clocks and your irrigation systems to “spring forward” this weekend when you head to bed Saturday night.

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