Brendan Rivers

Reporter

Credit Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

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.

Pet therapist Susan Smalling (left), Mandy Rhoden (center) and Rosie Rhoden (right) play with Molly Mae, a therapy dog.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Several local foster children found their forever homes during a special Halloween event at the Duval County Courthouse Wednesday, just in time to go trick-or-treating with their new adoptive families.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says he’s ready to invest in a new approach to addressing violence.

Future Farmers of America picking tomatoes in Palmetto, Florida.
State Library and Archives of Florida / Wikimedia Commons

A new report shows that people who work outdoors in all 67 Florida counties frequently work in dangerously hot conditions as climate change leads to hotter days and more of them.

Ballot tabulator at the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Early voting has been underway in Duval County for more than a week now, and the numbers show that voters are more interested this year than in past midterm elections, but many are unfamiliar with the process.

Val Vigoda performing.
ValVigoda.com

The musical Striking 12 will be performed for the first time ever in Florida at Episcopal School of Jacksonville and one of the writers/composers has flown down from Seattle to work with theater students ahead of their November performances.

Officials break ground at Village at Hyde Park in Jacksonville's Westside.
Ability Housing

A new multifamily housing development in the works will make 80 affordable apartment homes available to the homeless, disabled and low income people in Jacksonville’s Westside.

Joe Peppers
Jennifer Blalock / Kids Hope Alliance

The City of Jacksonville’s Kids Hope Alliance is hoping to stem the tide of youth violence in Duval County with its new $364,000 Stop the Violence Neighborhood Intervention and Prevention Mini Grants Program.

A new Quinnipiac Poll shows Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum with a six point lead over his Republican counterpart, former U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis, in the increasingly tight race to become Florida’s next governor.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson (left) and Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott (right).
FLGOV.COM AND SENATE.GOV

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Democratic incumbent Senator Bill Nelson with a six point lead over his Republican challenger, Florida Governor Rick Scott, but a prominent University of North Florida pollster says that result is skewed because the poll’s sample of likely voters has too many self identified independents and non-party affiliated voters.

BestBet Jacksonville.
BestBetJax.com

When Florida voters head to the polls next month they’ll be faced with a slew of amendments, and two of them, three and 13, could determine the fate of gambling and greyhound racing in the state.

BestBet Jacksonville has come out in opposition to both of those amendments, but the League of Women Voters of Florida is urging voters to say yes.

9th grader Dionte Hill, 14, driving Wolfson High School's new Apex Virtual Vehicle.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

October 21 - 27 is National Teen Driver Safety Week and in recognition Coker Law has partnered with Samuel W. Wolfson High School and Apex Resource Center to provide the school with a driving simulator, known as the Apex Virtual Vehicle.

Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens.

Adam M. Levine, Ph.D. will become the next leader of the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens.

Shahid Khan.
Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is withdrawing his offer to buy Wembley Stadium in London.

Jamie Shelton (left), Chairman of this year's TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, greets Country music star Cole Swindell at TIAA Bank Field.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Platinum-selling country artist Cole Swindell will perform a free postgame concert following the 2018 Gator Bowl, which is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Brenda Priestly Jackson and Terrance Freeman.
Brenda Priestly Jackson's Facebook page and the Florida Times-Union

Brenda Priestly Jackson has filed to run for City Council District 10, shortly after asking a judge to reconsider the dismissal of her lawsuit challenging current District 10 Councilman Terrance Freeman’s appointment by Governor Rick Scott.

Left to right: Liston Gregory III on piano leading a jazz lesson with Isaiah Mac, 8, on drums and Ayanna Nelson, 13, on bass.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The City of Jacksonville’s Kids Hope Alliance is offering mini grants for programs designed to fight youth violence, and organizations like Don’t Miss a Beat are benefiting from those dollars.

JEA building.
News4Jax

In the November general election voters in Jacksonville will get the chance to tell the City Council whether or not they want their voices to be heard in any possible future discussions regarding the sale of the public utility company JEA.

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis was in Jacksonville Wednesday morning for a Hurricane Michael supply drive that was originally billed as a veteran round table campaign event.

BRENDAN RIVERS / WJCT NEWS

Members of Jacksonville’s Hispanic community got to meet with and hear from several candidates for state and federal offices at a forum on Tuesday night.

Duval Elections Supervisor building
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

Floridians who plan to vote in the November midterm election have until Tuesday, October 9th, to register.

Kenny Lamberti presents $100,000 grant to JHS CEO Denise Deisler (3rd from left) and Humane Society staff.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Humane Society was awarded a $100,000 grant on Friday for a new mentorship program aimed at helping other communities in Florida reach no-kill status.

Left to Right: Councilmembers Bill Gulliford, Terrance Freeman and Ju'Coby Pittman discussing homelessness in Jacksonville.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

City Council members attending a Thursday meeting agree more affordable housing options are needed to help fight homelessness in Jacksonville, but funding development projects could be difficult.

Left to Right: Visual artists Joseph Provenza and Kedgar Volta working at Castano Group's office in downtown Jacksonville.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Avant and the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) are hosting an audio visual concert at the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium this weekend, featuring new visual pieces by three local artists and performances by the New York-based jazz trio Rashanim and guest musician Jamie Saft, also from New York.

Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

With their search for an executive director ongoing, the board of directors for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (CCGJ) has decided to forego an interim director rather than appoint City Council candidate Michael Boylan.

Left to Right: Joyce Mahr (CEO of the Betty Griffin Center), Gail Patin (CEO of Hubbard House), Ana Martinez-Mullen (CEO of Quigley House) & Lauren Goode (Outreach & Community Engagement Director at Micah's Place) flanked by law enforcement officials.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

A new report shows that while there has been an overall decline in homicides, both nationally and locally, the rate of domestic violence homicides hasn’t improved.

Brenda Priestly Jackson and Terrance Freeman.
Brenda Priestly Jackson's Facebook page and the Florida Times-Union

Brenda Priestly Jackson, an attorney and a former Duval County School Board member, is vowing to continue her fight against City Councilman Terrance Freeman's appointment by Governor Rick Scott, despite a judge dismissing her lawsuit.

Erin Gillespie speaking at Friday's launch of the Rebuild Florida Center in Jacksonville.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

On Friday, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) opened its Rebuild Florida Center in Jacksonville, offering aid to families who still need help repairing or rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Irma.

City Councilman Terrance Freeman
The Florida Times-Union

Terrance Freeman says the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging his appointment by Gov. Rick Scott to the Jacksonville City Council “opens the door” for his district to “move forward.”

Campaign photos

Democrat Andrew Gillum has a slight lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the upcoming Florida gubernatorial election while Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott are neck and neck in the Senate race, according to a new poll of likely voters from the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida.

Assorted pills.
ParentingPatch / Wikimedia Commons

A new not-for-profit drug company, called Civica Rx, is looking to help combat drug shortages and rising prices with the help of health systems and hospitals across the nation, including several in Jacksonville.

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