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.

JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

When JEA's leadership announced the publicly owned utility was looking at selling all or part of its assets,  St. Johns and Nassau counties expressed interest in acquiring JEA's infrastructure there. 

LEADERSHIP JAX

Jake Godbold, Jacksonville's outspoken and colorful mayor from 1978 to 1987, has died at the age of 86.

Duval County Courthouse
Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Duval County Courthouse has a 3-acre lawn in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. But there’s a plan to tranform what's essentially a big empty space, through public art.

Pictured: Native Sun Kitchen & Market shelves
Native Sun Kitchen & Market's Facebook page

The supermarket landscape at the Beaches is changing with word that Native Sun will be reopening its former Jacksonville Beach location, while Lucky’s Market is giving up on its Neptune Beach store.

Monday the nation and the First Coast celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pictured: Fireworks over the Acosta Bridge
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

A plan to revamp Florida’s fireworks law is headed to the Senate floor. 

Climate Central

Twenty-nineteen wrapped up the hottest decade ever recorded on earth and was the second-hottest year ever recorded.

Florida Times-Union file photo

If you've been avoiding learning the new parking system at the Beaches Town Center,  you no longer have a choice. Paid parking enforcement began Wednesday morning, according to the city of Neptune Beach.

Holiday shoppers look at TV sets in this file photo.
David Zalubowski / Associated Press

Broadcast television is undergoing a change in Jacksonville this week that will affect anyone who receives local TV signals over the air with an antenna.

Associated Press

The City of Jacksonville and Daily’s are teaming up on a new campaign to educate middle and high school students about the dangers that vaping poses to teenagers.

Pictured is JEA interim CEO Melissa Dykes
News4Jax

JEA interim CEO Melissa Dykes announced Monday she will not seek a permanent appointment to the position.

Photo of Atlantic Beach Police Chief Michelle cook
Altantic Beach Police Department

Atlantic Beach Police Chief Michelle Cook has joined a crowded field looking to become Clay County’s next sheriff.

Heather Schatz / WJCT News

Public pressure continues to mount for accountability and a thorough investigation into JEA's senior leadership and the now-halted negotiations to sell the public utility along with a controversial employee bonus plan that would have paid millions to top brass in the event of a sale.

A pickup crashes into Old Time Pottery
Clay County Professional Firefighters

A Ford pickup truck smashed into Old Time Pottery at 380 Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park Wednesday night, according to the Clay Local 3362 chapter of the Clay County Professional Firefighters union.

Winn-Dixie

Winn-Dixie, in conjunction with its charitable arm, the Winn-Dixie Gives Foundation, is hosting free, weekly mobile food pantry events during a transition at the Gateway Town Center from the now-closed Publix store to a new Winn-Dixie.

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