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.

Courtesy of Christian McBeth / Via Target

Target has set a goal to have rooftop solar panels on 500 of its stores and other properties by 2020, and that includes in Jacksonville.

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Despite the advances made in lowering vehicle emissions since 1990, the amount of pollution generated by vehicles in Jacksonville has gone up 53% over roughly the past three decades.

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Reporters at The Florida Times-Union spent their lunch hour on Thursday handing out flyers and urging people to support local news coverage.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

LifeSouth organizers are hoping to see a boost in blood donations on Friday, October 11 and Monday, October 14.

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Jacksonville area Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5th District) joined us to talk about the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

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St. Augustine Beach residents will have to wait a while longer to find out how the e-scooter trend might play out in their St. Johns County community.

Derby House Diner's Facebook page

The Derby House Diner in Five Points has closed.

Larry Junstrom
38 Special's Facebook page

Larry Junstrom, who performed with two of Jacksonville’s best known bands, has died at the age of 70.

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Friday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our panel of journalists on the media roundtable looked at the top stories of the week, including:

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nikita Custer / U.S. Navy

A piece of Jacksonville’s military history has completed its final mission.

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A new Tallahassee-based cable news network is scheduled to launch November 15, and among its financial backers is Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

At Large Group 4 City Councilman Matt Carlucci

“It’s about protecting [the] next generation’s taxpayers.”

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If you couldn’t tweet Wednesday morning you had plenty of company.

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Anglers take note: You now have six additional recreational red snapper fishing days to take advantage of this year.

As rents have been rising steadily across Jacksonville, a study released this month found five neighborhoods have seen the biggest increases in one-bedroom rents.