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.

FEEDING NORTHEAST FLORIDA

The first truck load of milk produced by Florida dairy farmers is due to arrive at a Jacksonville food bank Friday, as part of a new Publix donation program.

Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press April 15 File Photo

As the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so too are the layoff notices being filed with the state.

shelves with hats and folded t-shirts and sweatshirts
Beth J. Harpaz / AP File photo

If you are using time at home to do some spring cleaning, Jacksonville’s City Rescue Mission is offering to cart off your discarded treasures.

Now hiring sign
David Zalubowski / AP File photo

The devastation Florida's economy is experiencing from the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming more apparent each day with the launch of a new unemployment tracking tool by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

JOHN BURR / WJCT CONTRIBUTOR

A second Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) bus driver has tested positive for COVID-19.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

A Jacksonville factory managing director and his wife helped spread the message about the importance of social distancing in St. Augustine, while also helping the area’s first responders.

Duval County Public Schools headquarters
CYD HOSKINSON

It looks as though Duval County high school seniors graduating from public schools might get to take a walk across the stage after all.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville-based department store chain Stein Mart’s future is looking more uncertain as a planned stock buyout by Kingswood Capital Management, L.P. has fallen apart.

HEATHER SCHATZ/WJCT NEWS

Late Friday morning St. Johns County announced a partial reopening of its public beaches.

St. Johns County beaches are now open from 6 a.m. to noon seven days a week, but with many of the same limitations going into effect at Duval’s limited reopening of its beaches.

JOHN BURR / WJCT CONTRIBUTOR

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority said Thursday one of its bus operators has tested positive for COVID-19.

Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

WJCT on Wednesday launched the Jacksonville Music Experience, a set of new music services that include HD Radio and internet radio stations, live performances on Facebook, television shows and a new podcast produced in partnership with Void Magazine.

FSCJ's Deerwood Center
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Florida State College at Jacksonville is launching a new program in the midst of the uncertain times caused by COVID-19 to help low-income high school seniors receive "accelerated career-related training and personal critical soft-skill development."

Dan Scanlan / Florida Times-Union 2018 file photo

Well those didn't last long.

The signs pointing I-95 drivers to The Jacksonville Landing that were added to a Downtown service road as part of the Overland Bridge Interstate Reconstruction Project in 2018 are coming down.

The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market, which has five First Coast area locations, has announced customers will be required to wear facemasks starting Tuesday, April 14.

Steve Helber / Associated Press file photo

Glynn County, Ga., has decided to slightly relax its COVID-19 restrictions by reopening its county-maintained piers.

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Community Easter egg hunts may not be possible this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the kids might have some fun joining some big cats on a hunt of their own — virtually, of course.

Janet G. Owens
LISC Jacksonville

Janet G. Owens, who had been the executive director of LISC Jacksonville since 2010, passed away Wednesday following a long battle with cancer.

San Marco buildings acquired by Sleiman Enterprises
SLEIMAN ENTERPRISES

One of Jacksonville’s largest property managers is waiving rent payments for April and May for its small and locally owned tenants who are struggling with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jacksonville Cars & Coffee by Deremer Studios

Jacksonville Cars & Coffee is hosting its first virtual car show this weekend with an eye toward helping local charities during the coronavirus pandemic.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Major retailers, credit card companies and technology companies have been busy rolling out payment systems that don’t require any touching, with Lakeland-based Publix being the latest supermarket chain to announce it's rolling out the technology that supports Apple Pay, Google Pay, and other contactless options.

Mickler's Beach in Ponte Vedra Beach remained busy, despite COVID-19, until it was shutdown.
HEATHER SCHATZ/WJCT NEWS

More than 10,000 surfers and supporters are asking St. Johns County officials to reopen public beaches on a limited basis, while another petition is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare surfing an “essential activity" statewide. 

Pictured left to right: Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, President Donald Trump.
WJCT News, flgov.com, Associated Press

Forty-five percent of Florida voters strongly or somewhat approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing to address the coronavirus pandemic, while Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry received a 70% approval rating. 

The Carter family with their chalk art
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

While the COVID-19 pandemic is causing heartbreak and stress, it’s also bringing out some of the best in people.

One example is the #904rainbowhunt, which has been trending on local social media.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The elevated expressway next to TIAA Bank Field in Downtown Jacksonville will be closed Saturday, April 4, as the next phase of the Hart Bridge ramps' demolition gets underway.

JTA

Driverless electric-powered vehicles are being used for the first time in the U.S. – according to JTA – to transport medical supplies and COVID-19 tests.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Duval County ranked No. 3 in the country for travel, despite people being encouraged to stay at home, according to an analysis  by The New York Times.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is pictured at the White House on March 14, 2020.
Alex Brandon / Associated Press

For many, April 1 means the rent is due. But with record-setting jobless claims in Florida due to COVID-19, paying the rent this month – and the next few - may not be an option for some.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry issued a new executive order Wednesday morning mandating that people remain at home except for critical and essential needs.

Gas prices dipped below $1.50 a gallon for regular over the weekend at this Jacksonville gas station. This picture was taken Saturday at the Panda Express on Belfort Road.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Gas demand in Florida’s major metro areas is down by as much as 50%, according to  AAA - The Auto Club Group, as drivers are urged to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19.

I-95 traffic backup
News4Jax

Travel in and out of Florida is getting tougher on both sides of the Florida/Georgia border.

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