Brendan Rivers

Reporter

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Reporter Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates six radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.

Originally from Clifton Park, New York, Brendan moved to Florida in high school. He has a bachelor's degree in music from New College of Florida and an associate's degree in music production and technology from Daytona State College.

Brendan originally planned to pursue a career as a composer, arranger, music producer and recording engineer, but an internship at WGCU, the NPR and PBS member station in Fort Myers, convinced him he belongs in broadcasting and public media.

Brendan is the lead reporter for ADAPT, WJCT’s digital magazine exploring how Northeast Florida is adapting to sea level rise and other effects of climate change. He also hosts the ADAPT podcast.

Brendan's bylines include NPR, The Guardian, InsideClimate News, Living On Earth, The Florida Times-Union, and Folio Weekly. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and a former fellow with InsideClimate News and Climate Matters in the Newsroom.

Brendan Rivers can be reached at brivers@wjct.org, 904-358-6396 or on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.

Left to right, with Mayor Lenny Curry front and center: Bill Gulliford, Ellen Glasser, Rory Diamond, Elaine Brown and Charlie Latham.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Wednesday he’s putting together a committee on sea-level rise, shortly after he announced the renourishment project to repair Jacksonville-area beaches damaged by recent hurricanes is complete.

Flooding at Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach during Hurricane Irma.
City of Atlantic Beach

At Monday’s meeting, the Atlantic Beach City Commission took steps to acknowledge the threat of sea level rise and to begin exploring coastal resiliency strategies.

Bathers at American Beach.
Courtesy of the Amelia Island Museum of History

The Nassau Board of County Commissioners has made historic American Beach’s conversion from septic tanks to general sewer a priority and they’re lobbying the state government for financial aid.

Life Builders Program "students" Hilliard and Michelle making chocolate at City Rescue Mission.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

City Rescue Mission, a nonprofit that serves the homeless and addicted in Jacksonville, is now selling chocolate to help offset the costs of its free programs thanks to a generous donation.

Flooding in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

According to a new report from Climate Central and Zillow, 2,659 homes (at a value of $871.9 million) in Duval County are at risk of coastal flooding by the year 2050 under an unchecked pollution scenario and 19,121 ($7.2 billion) could be underwater by 2100.

Pedestrian crosswalk.
M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia Commons

According to a new report, Florida is the deadliest state and Jacksonville is the sixth deadliest city in the nation for pedestrians.

Four Fathers Distillery owner Tim Daniels smelling a batch of his Black Copper Rum.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

A steam-boiler powered by new solar technology manufactured in Jacksonville is now being used to make whiskey, bourbon, vodka and rum at a local distillery.

The Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens.
The Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens will host a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event, featuring art engagement and special commemorations along with free admission.

St. Johns State Rep. Seeks Records Exemption For Teen Information

Jan 17, 2019
Rep. Cyndi Stevenson debates on the House floor on April 25, 2017.
Florida House of Representatives

Two Republican lawmakers this week have filed proposals that would shield from public disclosure information that 16-year-old and 17-year-old Floridians provide when they register to vote.

Left to right: Jacksonville Legal Aid Intake Director Missy Davenport, Northeast Florida Women Veterans President Deloris Quaranta, Changing Homelessness President/CEO Dawn Gilman and Head of Community Impact, Basic Needs at United Way Jeff Winkler.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Nearly one out of every seven women in Florida live in poverty, and that number is even higher in Duval County. Meanwhile, about 76 percent of single-parent families headed by women in Jacksonville are struggling to afford basic needs.

View from inside the courtyard of Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.
Tim Trick / Creative Commons

The City of St. Augustine is collaborating with Flagler College to get input from the community ahead of an upcoming workshop on resilience, sea level rise and the future impact of flooding on historic places.

Hip-Hop duo Stono Echo: Paten Locke (left) and Jay Myztroh (right).
C. L. McCain / Obscura Lux fine Art Photography

A new podcast from Berklee College of Music features four musical acts from across the country, including Jacksonville’s own Stono Echo.

Chicago Pizza at the Jacksonville Landing.
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Chicago Pizza at the Jacksonville Landing is trying to reopen its video game bar, closed since a deadly shooting there last August, as another restaurant at the shopping center closes its doors.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
News Service of Florida

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis followed up on a campaign promise Thursday by signing an executive order designed to address the environmental issues that have been plaguing the state.

Blue green algae in the St. Johns River.
Edie Widder / St. Johns Riverkeeper

During a presentation on nutrient loads caused by septic systems before the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government, Dr. Brian E. Lapointe, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University, said septic tanks are a major factor behind a recent spike in harmful algal blooms. A problem that, in his opinion, is “the most important and urgent issue facing our state.”

Adam M. Levine, George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Cummer Museum.
Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens.

The Cummer Museum’s new Director and CEO says he plans to seek input from community stakeholders as he looks to make the institution as relevant as possible for Northeast Florida.

Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs.
ClayClerk.com

The Clay County Clerk’s Office will host a Vulnerable Adult Injunction Workshop on Thursday to help residents better understand a recently enacted law that aims to protect vulnerable adults of any age from financial exploitation.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Frederica S. Wilson (D-Miami) have introduced the Safe Temperature Act and re-introduced the Liberty City Rising Act, two pieces of legislation designed to address safety concerns in low income communities.


City Councilman Terrance Freeman has filed to run for the At-Large Group 1 seat currently held by Anna Brosche - a fellow Republican who has hinted at challenging incumbent Mayor Lenny Curry. But Brenda Priestly Jackson, who’s running for the seat Freeman is now vacating, said he doesn’t meet the residency requirements to run.

Denise Smith Amos / The Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville saw a high of 83 degrees on January 1, 2019 - the city’s hottest New Year’s Day on record.

Scott and Rubio in office
Marco Rubio via Facebook

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) hosted a press event Friday to highlight his accomplishments over the past two years, but he spent most of his time fielding questions from reporters about the ongoing government shutdown and border security.

Chef Robert Scambia (center, in black) with Orange County Fire Rescue.
ChefRobHeroesCookBook.org

Ever since Sept. 11, 2001, Chef Robert Scambia has been on a mission to cook for every fire station in the state of Florida in honor of the 343 firefighters who died in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. Now Scambia plans to publish a cookbook to benefit firefighters right here in Duval County.

Climate Central

It’s that time of year when children start to ask, “Are we going to have a white Christmas?” In Jacksonville this year, the answer is a pretty resounding no.

Migrant workers at Kirby Farms in Mechanicsville, VA.
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Florida businesses would have to use a federal database to verify the immigration status of new employees, under proposals filed in the House and Senate for the 2019 legislative session.

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Executive Director Joy Young speaking at the Times-Union Center.
Jihan Grant / Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville introduced its next Executive Director to the public on Thursday.

City and school officials join the state champions Mandarin Mustangs for a photo op.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Players and coaches from the Raines and Mandarin high school football teams were handed keys to the city on Wednesday after bringing state titles back to Duval County.

2018 Jacksons' Music Scholarship Fund recipients flanked by city and school officials.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Four Jacksonville area college freshmen are benefiting from a donation given to the city by the King of Pop, 34 years ago.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry giving Bishop Kenny High School 9th-grader Arisa Nakamichi advice after presenting her with a 2019 Tomorrow's Leaders Award.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has visited three Duval County schools since Friday to surprise the winners of the 2019 Tomorrow’s Leaders Award.

Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Núñez (left) and Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis (right).
Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis Transition

The chair of Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture says the environment will be a priority under the DeSantis administration.

Exterior of FSCJ.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Florida State College at Jacksonville will be hosting an open information session and waiving application fees for students affected by the sudden closing of Virginia College.

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