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.

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

A new study finds Jacksonville’s housing market is taking longer to rebound from the sales drop triggered by COVID-19 than those of most other large metropolitan areas across the country.

Lot J COVID-19 testing
MELISSA ROSS / WJCT NEWS

Mayor Lenny Curry has completed his 14-day self-isolation after being exposed to someone with COVID-19.

File photo of a classroom.
JON SUPER / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) announced Tuesday a revised back-to-school plan that takes into account what the district is calling the “fluid conditions” caused by COVID-19 as well as new state requirements.

Aardwolf Brewing Company / Via Facebook

With no end in sight for bars across Florida that are prohibited from allowing drinking on premises, the state is making an example of at least one Jacksonville brewery, according to its owner.

Sign inside Disney store door
HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT News

Another store at the St. Johns Town Center has apparently permanently closed.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

With automakers introducing more electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced $8.6 million in funding for EV charging stations along state highways.

Two zero-emission Tuks Tuks are pictured along with a traditionally-powered Tuk'n Bus.
JTA

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced Friday it is partnering with a local business to offer “micro transit options” for riders traveling in Downtown, Riverside and Avondale.

Gerry Broome / Associated Press file photo

JEA says disconnections will start Friday, July 10, for potentially thousands of customers who have fallen significantly behind in their payments and have not contacted the utility to work out a payment plan.

Ted S. Warren / 2018 Associated Press file photo

Amazon has announced it has signed three new leases across Florida, including one in Jacksonville for the former Kmart building at 4645 Blanding Blvd. on the city’s Westside.

CYD HOSKINSON / WJCT NEWS

The last day to register to vote for Florida’s August 18 primary is July 20.

A line of drivers wait on Gator Bowl Blvd. to enter Lot J for COVID-19 testing in this Sunday, March 29 file photo.
MELISSA ROSS / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville has been added to the list of cities that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has deemed “hotspot jurisdictions.”

As a result, federal temporary surge COVID-19 testing locations have opened in Jacksonville:

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri
Tommy Hazouri's Facebook page

City Council President Tommy Hazouri said Tuesday it concerns him greatly that Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration may come to the City Council with a “hurry up offense” for part of the Republican National Convention being held in Jacksonville.

State Attorney's Office

State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office released its report and officer-worn body camera video of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Jamee Johnson Monday afternoon, finding the shooting was justified.

Melissa Ross / WJCT News

Three new federally funded COVID-19 testing sites are opening in Jacksonville on Wednesday, July 8, at 8 a.m. 

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

This 4th of July the city of Jacksonville is expanding its fireworks show to six locations around town.

US Space Force Headquarters In Jacksonville? Curry, DeSantis Back The Idea

Jul 2, 2020
Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis has endorsed six Florida counties and three cities that hope to land the command headquarters of the U.S. Space Force.

Facing a tough reelection campaign, Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels has released a new video where he stands in uniform with more than a dozen other members of the department, saying while his department will protect “your constitutional rights” for a peaceful protest or march, that lawlessness will not be tolerated.

Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

A new analysis that researchers at Harvard conducted for NPR finds that although Florida is doing more COVID-19 testing, it’s falling well short of the number of tests that need be done to trace and ultimately suppress the virus.

Two new Florida solar farms are now online, capable of producing enough energy to power 30,000 homes.

The Bogey Grille
The Bogey Grille / Via Facebook

Bogey Grille, which has been a fixture in Ponte Vedra Beach for more than 16 years, will be going out of business later this week.

Picture of a Skyway train at Hemming Park Station.
JTA

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced Monday afternoon it is following the city’s new face mask mandate.

Man pumps gas
Tony Dejak / Associated Press file photo

Gas prices are likely to remain low during the summer travel season in Florida.

Steven Senne / Associated Press

The Microsoft Store at the St. Johns Town Center is permanently closing, along with the seven other stores it operates across Florida.

The USS Jacksonville
U.S. Navy

The USS Jacksonville has a new commander to lead the sub on what is expected to be its final chapter with the Navy.

Ryan Ketterman / Via Winn-Dixie

Jacksonville-based supermarket chain Winn-Dixie is getting national attention due to its name. The word “Dixie” is a nickname for the Civil War-era South. 

Fireworks are pictured being launched from the Acosta Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville on Nov. 30, 2019.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

This year the city of Jacksonville is expanding its fireworks show to six locations around town.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Getting more people to wear face masks when they’re out in public is gathering momentum in St. Johns County.

Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

At least three Fernandina Beach restaurants are reporting COVID-19 cases among their employees, forcing more shutdowns, reopenings and rethinking.

Downtown Jacksonville and the VyStar Memorial Veterans Arena, where part of the RNC will be held, are pictured.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Some city leaders may be ecstatic that Jacksonville will host part of the Republican National Convention in August, but the majority of residents are less than thrilled by the idea, according to a new University of North Florida public opinion poll, which touched on a wide array of topics.

Photo of Stein Mart's corporate headquarters on the Jacksonville Southbank.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville-based Stein Mart’s future is looking bleak, according to the annual report the department store chain has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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