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

Flooding in downtown Jacksonville from Hurricane Irma.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

After several months, Jacksonville’s sea level rise task force plans to wrap up its work by the end of August. 

Downtown Jacksonville
Ryan Ketterman / Visit Jacksonville

Gobally, June 2019 was the hottest June on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the World Meteorological Organization believes this past July may have been the hottest month on record

View of Tampa's Sunshine Skyway Bridge as seen from Fort De Soto Park.
Ronnie Boone / Wikimedia Commons

The state’s Department of Environmental Protections Environmental Crimes Unit has arrested a Tampa man and business owner for littering and storing more than 50,000 pounds of untreated biomedical waste.

A tree fell onto a home in Valdosta, Georgia, during Hurricane Hermine.
Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved new rates for Citizens Property Insurance Corp. that will increase average rates for residential personal-lines policies by just under 4.7%, down from an earlier plan for an 8.2% hike. 

The St. Johns Riverkeeper, Lisa Rinaman (right), speaking with Donna Lerrin.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The St. Johns Riverkeeper is lending support to a group of residents who oppose the rezoning of more than 5,300 acres of timberland on Jacksonville’s Southside to allow for future development.

Victor Rugg / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Flagler County has announced it’s partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a beach renourishment project in Flagler Beach.

Flooding in San Marco.
Sherry Krol

Jacksonville is getting ready to conduct a resiliency analysis, looking at the city’s critical infrastructure and areas that may be susceptible to increasing levels of precipitation as well as rising sea levels and its related risks.

Flooding in Flagler County.
Flagler County Emergency Services

Flagler County residents with homes that were damaged during Hurricane Irma or are located in high risk areas have until the end of July to sell their property to the government at its assessed pre-storm value.

Palatka's South Historic District.
Peter Jensen / The South Historic District Neighborhood Association

The St. Johns River Water Management District is funding a $1.5 million project in Palatka to improve the quality of stormwater discharges to the St. Johns River.

Estuary LLC's attorney, Paul Harden, speaks to residents at the Southeast Regional Library.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

A zoning workshop on Jacksonville’s Southside got heated Wednesday night as residents voiced their concerns over 5,300 acres of timberland that could be rezoned to allow for development.

An airman assigned to the 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE drinks water while working on a construction site.
Senior Airman Damon Kasberg / U.S. Air Force

In the days after Hurricane Irma tore up the center of Florida in September 2017, 14 residents at a South Florida nursing home died after the facility lost power to its air-conditioning system.

A red cockaded woodpecker.
North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust says an endangered woodpecker recently found at Camp Blanding in Clay County proves that a big preservation project is working.

The Sheltering Tree in Bunnell.
The Sheltering Tree

The Bunnell City Commission voted unanimously Monday night to uphold a decision to shut down Flagler County’s only cold-weather homeless shelter.

Flooding in Jacksonville during Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

A new survey asks residents of Northeast Florida how they think the region should prepare for sea level rise and worsening floods.

Flooding on Ken Knight Drive during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Cherisse Lamb

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced it will be giving out almost $1.6 million in grant funding to help 24 coastal communities around the state prepare for sea level rise, including Jacksonville.

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