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.

Blood donation file photo
Michael Conroy / Associated Press

Testing for COVID-19 antibodies is being expanded to everyone who gives blood at a LifeSouth Community Blood Center or bloodmobile.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events

When COVID-19 hit, it slammed the brakes on Jacksonville’s Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events, resulting in 62 layoffs. But now the Southside entertainment complex is revving back up.

 St. Johns County Pier in St. Augustine Beach.
Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

The St. Johns County fishing pier in St. Augustine Beach reopens to the public Friday morning.

The city has given the Riverside Arts Market (RAM) the okay to move up its reopening under the Fuller Warren Bridge to this Saturday, May 23.

Former University of North Florida President John Delaney
University of North Florida

There are at least three potential class-action lawsuits facing Florida’s public university system as some students contend they should receive refunds for what they see as “inferior” products as universities were forced to shift to online learning during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Riverside Arts Market

Saturday, May 16, will mark the return of the Riverside Arts Market (RAM), although it will be virtual-only for now.

Picture of men in Facemasks walking by closed sign
NAM Y. HUH / Associated Press

Another 221,905 Floridians filed unemployment claims last week.

Jacksonville University President Tim Cost announces plans for the fall semester.
Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University President Tim Cost is planning for a fall semester return to the traditional on-campus experience.

Former Clay County Sheriff's Office Deputy Travis Ryan Pritchard
News4Jax

Clay County Sheriff's Office Deputy Travis Ryan Pritchard, 36, is accused of having sex with a minor after his arrest on May 2.

Memorial Hospital's main entrance on University Blvd.
MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Memorial Hospital and Orange Park Medical Center are participating in a national COVID-19 plasma study.

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

The city of St. Augustine has set up a web form where local business owners can order face masks for their employees.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

While Mother’s Day weekend has been far from normal, some people are heading back out to visit the bars and restaurants that have reopened around town with social distancing restrictions in place.

A bicyclist pedals along the northside Arlington Expressway service road in 2019, just before the sidewalk expansion project got underway. Construction on the project is being speeded up, according to FDOT.
CYD HOSKINSON / WJCT NEWS

More than 40 road projects across the state are being accelerated by a week to 70 days to take advantage of a reduction in traffic because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced.

News4Jax

COVID-19 antibody testing will start Saturday outside of TIAA Bank Field, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who made the announcement Friday at Dolphin Pointe Health Care near Jacksonville University.

The Navy's Blue Angels will be flying over Jacksonville on Friday to salute and thank healthcare workers, first responders and other essential employees who continue to put themselves as risk during the pandemic.

Jacksonville International Airport is pictured on April 7, 2020.
BOB SELF / THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

Jacksonville International Airport’s traffic has plunged from about 12,000 passengers on a normal day to approximately 400 a day since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has announced the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will hold a virtual roundtable with African American leaders in Jacksonville on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Southeastern Grocers, Inc.

As Feeding Northeast Florida sees a dramatic rise in food insecurity since COVID-19 hit, an outpouring of help has come from local donors and corporations.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

As Jacksonville and Florida relax restrictions meant to keep people at home, some area doctors are warning against heading back to work or shopping right away.

Photo of eyechart with glasses
Ken Teegardin / Wikimedia Commons

Visionworks has "temporarily separated" 287 employees across Florida and the First Coast.

Photo of a Publix store
SCOTT ISKOWITZ / ASSOCIATED PRESS

While the COVID-19 pandemic has hammered the stock prices of many companies, grocers like Lakeland-based Publix have gotten a boost. Publix saw its stock price rise and sales jump 16.1% in the first quarter to $11.2 billion, as compared to the same time period in 2019.

Panda Express gas price sign
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The days of constantly dropping gas prices may soon be over.

Downtown Jacksonville as seen from the Southbank.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

A new study finds Florida has seen the biggest unemployment increase in the country over the past week, due to COVID-19.

Picture of TV in scan mode.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Antenna TV viewers will need do a “rescan” so their TV tuners find the new locations of their favorite channels. That's because the Federal Communications Commission is requiring Jacksonville broadcasters to make some changes that affect TV sets that get signals over the air.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

A new report by an ecommerce software company asserts the workforces in Jacksonville and Florida are among the hardest hit in the country by COVID-19.

Jacksonville Regional Transportation  Center at LaVilla
JTA

A big shift is coming for many Jacksonville bus riders on Monday, May 4.

Tomás Del Coro / Wikimedia Commons

JetBlue, which offers flight service from Jacksonville International Airport, will require all flyers to wear face coverings starting Monday, May 4.

Jacksonville International Airport is pictured on April 7, 2020.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville International Airport, which has seen air travel plunge, is temporarily slashing its parking rates and reducing available parking.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stay-at-home order is currently scheduled to expire at the end of the month, but most Florida voters surveyed by Quinnipiac University believe social distancing rules should not be loosened yet.

Jacksonville University

Many Jacksonville University employees will see a reduction in pay, likely lasting more than a year.

Pages