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.

Jacksonville Historical Society

The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynryd, Molly Hatchet and The Derek Trucks Band are among the internationally successful acts with roots in Jacksonville.

Groundwork Jacksonville

An ambitious plan to link Jacksonville’s urban core neighborhoods in a pedestrian and bicycle friendly way is moving forward.


A Jacksonville-based data scientist says the way Florida presents COVID-19 data to the public is misleading, and he worries it’s being done deliberately to help support efforts to reopen the state.

Christopher Perle is a Professor of Biology at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Perle has been keeping a close eye on Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard since it first launched. He joined us to explain his concerns about the state data.

UF Health

Fewer than 1-in-4 adult intensive-care unit beds statewide are empty, according to data from the state Agency for Health Care Administration.


The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel, which is the largest and closest facility to the site of the August Republican National Convention, is shedding 200 workers ahead of what the Duval GOP describes as the "greatest event to come to Jacksonville since the Super Bowl."


Wednesday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross we looked at COVID-19 in Jacksonville as Mayor Lenny Curry said Tuesday the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases has dropped compared to the city's peak.

Melissa Ross / WJCT News

Mayor Lenny Curry said Tuesday the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases has dropped as compared to the city’s peak.

Folio Weekly cover photo of John Phillips

Jacksonville’s alternative weekly newspaper is making a comeback.

John Locher / Associated Press

With Jacksonville hosting the Republican National Convention, political pundits have been talking about the importance of Florida as a swing state in the presidential election. But what if what we know about swing voters is wrong?

Some modeling indicates there aren’t as many swing voters as conventional wisdom suggests.

"A tribute to the Women of the Southern Confederacy" greets visitors to Jacksonville's Confederate Park on Sunday, June 14, 2020.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

One of Jacksonville’s oldest and most historic parks will likely soon look different as Mayor Lenny Curry has vowed the city will take down Confederate monuments around Jacksonville.


At last check, 1,800 people had signed up to participate in a Downtown Jacksonville boat rally Sunday to celebrate President Donald Trump’s birthday, according to the organizer’s Facebook page.


Jacksonville will host the biggest pieces of the 2020 National Republican Convention in August.


It’s looking more likely that the Republican National Convention will be moved to Jacksonville in August.

State Attorney Melissa Nelson (right) is pictured with Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams (left) in 2018.
Ryan Benk / WJCT News

After Jacksonville protestors called for police reform and the release of body cam footage in recent officer-involved shootings, State Attorney Melissa Nelson released a memo Wednesday saying her office is reviewing its procedures.

Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville)
News Service of Florida

Florida Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, called Tuesday’s removal of a Confederate statue in Downtown Jacksonville "symbolic."

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson, D-FL5, has been hearing from constituents who say they want racial and religious profiling by police to end, along with more mandated racial bias training.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry

Amid a week filled with protests in Jacksonville – and across the country – Mayor Lenny Curry announced Friday he will be taking part in a walk next week.

Anne D'Innocenzio / AP File photo

  J.C. Penney, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, has announced its Regency Square Mall store in Jacksonville is among 154 stores closing nationwide.


Boeing has delivered the first F/A-18 Super Hornet test aircraft for the Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration squadron.


With President Donald Trump's tweet Tuesday night that the GOP is “forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention,” the Duval County Republican Party is renewing its call to bring the convention to Jacksonville.


The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is expanding its autonomous vehicle testing program to include Florida State College at Jacksonville after using test vehicles at a Downtown test track and the Mayo Clinic.


Jacksonville District 10 City Councilwoman Brenda Priestly Jackson is among those weighing in the protests and outbreaks of violence in Jacksonville and cities across the country.

Generic file photo of people voting
Tony Dejak / Associated Press file photo

The August 18 Florida Primary will be a big one in Clay County, with Sheriff, Clerk of the Court, and Superintendent of Schools among the local offices up for grabs, in addition to seats on the School Board and County Commission.

Jacksonville Beach flooding is pictured on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 after Hurricane Matthew passed through.
Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

A new AAA survey released Monday found that 42% of Floridians interviewed by the auto club group said they would be less likely to evacuate for a storm this year for fear of contracting the coronavirus.

Crews have been laying grass this week at the site of the now-demolished Jacksonville Landing.

What a difference a few months make.

Crews are laying grass at The Jacksonville Landing site this week as they finish the festival marketplace’s demolition.

Winn-Dixie's Neptune Beach location is pictured.

Four former Lucky's Markets and four former Earth Fare stores in Florida, including one in Jacksonville, will become Winn-Dixies.


The city will soon begin a phased reopening of city pools and summer youth activities, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Wednesday.

Downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has been quick to try and capitalize on the possibility of the August Republican National Convention's being moved out of North Carolina.

Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Summer camps across the First Coast are scrambling to figure out whether to open and how to do so safely.

Duval County's 11.3% Unemployment Rate Less Than State's

May 26, 2020
Downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

As bad as the unemployment numbers are, the Jacksonville metropolitan area’s four big counties are all doing better than the state as a whole.