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.

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Former fire chief Randy White was officially sworn in on Wednesday afternoon after running unopposed in last month’s primary for the Jacksonville City Council District 12 seat.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has announced plans to offer all full-time city employees six weeks of paid parental leave.

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City leaders say they plan to award $350,000 in mini grants to small community organizations as part of an effort to stem the tide of gang violence.

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Gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis will likely dominate the airways up until the November election, but there are other options, including Jacksonville’s own Darcy Richardson.

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Andrew Gillum's Facebook page

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic nomination for Florida Governor by well over 40,000 votes, and about half of those votes were cast in Jacksonville.

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Come November, Wyman Duggan will be facing off against Democrat Tracye Polson in the race to become District 15’s next State Representative after he came out on top against his Republican opponents in Tuesday night’s primary election.

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Police say they have a 16-year-old suspect in custody in connection with last Friday’s shooting after a Raines High School football game, which left one dead and two wounded.

Of the 12 people who were shot at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday, ten survived and were treated at Memorial Hospital and UF Health Jacksonville.

CAN Community Health

A new HIV clinic is open on Jacksonville’s Southside.

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Several local agencies are trying to get a $25 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fund what’s been dubbed the Bay Street Innovation Corridor in Jacksonville.

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Elite Airways has announced it is canceling service between Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST) in St. Augustine, Rochester International Airport (RST) in Minnesota and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in Arizona.

JAX Chamber

The JAX Chamber hosted its 5th annual Tech Coast Conference on Wednesday, featuring a new $2,500 IT scholarship which was awarded to two University of North Florida freshmen.

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Curaleaf opened its first Jacksonville-area medical marijuana dispensary on the city’s Westside on Tuesday.

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Several bars and breweries have found themselves at odds with the Florida Department of Health over a recent crackdown on a rule that prohibits pets inside businesses that serve food.

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Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan says he is talking to the University of North Florida about a potential early voting site on the campus for the November elections, but it’s unlikely to happen due to logistical issues.

Exterior of Jacksonville City Hall.
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The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is asking the city to increase its investment in arts and culture by more than $1 million. 

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Students attending four Jacksonville colleges and universities could reap the rewards of a $100,000 donation gifted to the city by the King of Pop 34 years ago.

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The Florida Department of Health in Duval County is reminding bar owners that pets are not allowed inside facilities that serve food or beverages.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Monday evening he will not step down from his position to be Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis’ running mate.

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Early voting is officially underway in Duval County in this month’s primary elections, and voter turnout is expected to be on the rise.

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The Florida Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval) announced Thursday morning that there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in the area.

Wilkinson Jr. High School's Facebook Page

The Children’s Home Society of Florida has announced it is hosting a “Farm Share Food Giveaway” event at Wilkinson Jr. High School in Middleburg on Thursday, Aug. 9, which is expected to help feed more than 1,000 Clay County families with fresh produce and groceries.

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The Jacksonville-based blues-rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band recently donated 38 brand new musical instruments, valued at $48,000, to Englewood High School.

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Elite Airways has announced it is postponing the start of twice weekly service between Rochester (Minn.) International Airport (RST) and Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST) in St. Augustine as well as Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

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The Jacksonville Jaguars unveiled the NFL’s first in-stadium dog park on Monday, which officials say will help raise tens of thousands of dollars for the Jacksonville Humane Society.

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