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.

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Jacksonville residents are following a nationwide trend of staying in their homes longer.


The benefits of human touch are well documented. But we find ourselves increasingly isolated.

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JTA’s autonomous vehicle program for Jacksonville’s urban core is coming together, marking a new milestone on Thursday.

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In 1938 a live radio play directed and narrated by actor and filmmaker Orson Welles was so realistic that it scared some listeners into believing the world was being invaded by aliens from Mars.

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There are nearly three billion fewer birds in North America today as compared to 1970, according to Science News.

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Waste Pro, the city of Jacksonville’s garbage vendor, is making some changes to its residential waste collection schedule, starting Monday, November 4.

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“We wanted to build something that’s an experience, not just another activity,” said Jax Rides co-owner Katie Derringer as she launches the fat-tire e-bike tour service in Jacksonville's urban core with her wife, Amy.

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The grace period has ended in Atlantic and Neptune beaches. Police can now issue tickets for those who don’t pay to park in city spaces around the Beaches Town Center, which straddles the city line of the two beachfront communities.

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Chef Kenny Gilbert has closed his Gilbert’s Social restaurant at 4021 Southside Blvd.

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An agreement has been reached to keep one of Jacksonville’s longest-running traditions going until at least 2023, with an option to extend the terms of the deal to 2025.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

A large majority of voters approve of the job Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is doing, according to the University of North Florida’s Opinion Research Lab.

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A new report card from The League of Women Voters In Florida ranks counties and cities on how accessible electric vehicle charging stations are.

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With employees being thrown out of work as a result of the city's ordering the shutdown of internet cafes, an upcoming job fair aimed at helping them is quickly growing in size. 

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Election supervisors are reminding Floridians: Signatures change over time.

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Drivers who use the Stockton Street exit at the I-10/I-95 interchange should start looking for a new route.