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.

Davide Tanasi taking 3D digital images at Tolomato Cemetery in St. Augustine.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

In coastal cities like St. Augustine, historic sites are facing modern threats - climate change and sea level rise. Now historians and preservationists are turning to technologies like 3D imaging as they look to protect those cultural resources for future generations.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT NEws

Members of a Jacksonville committee looking at infrastructure and resiliency against storms agree they need to bring in a consultant as they look to protect the city.

A basking Florida softshell turtle.
Bill White / NASA

The nonprofit Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida has announced they’re awarding a $30,000 grant to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for freshwater turtle disease research to investigate a rash of mysterious deaths.

Welcome to Atlantic Beach sign.
Davide Santoriello / Flickr.com

The City of Atlantic Beach is trying to become Florida’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified city under a new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) pilot program.

Jacksonville City Hall
Steven Martin / Flickr.com

More than two months after its first meeting, members of Jacksonville’s Storm Resiliency and Infrastructure Development Review Committee are beginning to spend less time learning and listening and more time putting together proposals they think will help prepare the city for sea level rise and flooding.

Green algae bloom in Palatka.
Sam Carr

The St. Johns Riverkeeper says multiple blue-green algal blooms have been reported in the Welaka, Satsuma and Palatka areas of Florida.

Sam Mousa
Jacksonville Daily Record

Retiring Jacksonville Chief Administrative Officer Sam Mousa says his successor, Mayor Lenny Curry’s Chief of Staff Brian Hughes, has a lot to learn but is up to the task.

Aerial view of Naval Station Mayport
PH1 Slaugenhaupt, USN / Wikimedia Commons

Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville, along with other Navy commands around the country, are getting ready to conduct drills designed to train emergency responders ahead of hurricane season.

Courtney Bryan, the Jacksonville Symphony's Mary Carr Patton Composer-in-Residence, with students from KIPP: Jacksonville Schools.
Courtney Bryan

A new composition inspired by the city of Jacksonville, written by the Jacksonville Symphony’s first ever composer-in-residence, is making its world premiere this weekend.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, beach project.
Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District is working on more than $4 billion in storm disaster recovery projects in Florida and Puerto Rico.

Curator April Collum (left) and artist Kevin Author (right) hanging a Jeffrey Luque painting.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The founder and curator of a new art gallery opening this month in San Marco said she plans to use the space to promote the work of local artists.

The Jacksonville Townhouse Apartments.
News4Jax

A group of Jacksonville property owners and their management company have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after a federal investigation revealed the building’s sprinkler system didn’t work during a 2017 fire at a senior housing complex.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams (left) and State Attorney Melissa Nelson (right).
Ryan Benk / WJCT News

People from more than 38 Duval County religious congregations are expected to come together Monday night to push city officials on criminal justice reform at the Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office and in public schools.

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis, joined by Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams and Mayor Lenny Curry, anouncing the city's participating in Fraud Free Florida.
MyFloridaCFO.com

Jacksonville has joined Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis’ Fraud Free Florida initiative, a partnership designed to improve investigative efforts to fight fraud in the state.

Re. Tracie Davis debating on the House floor.
MyFloridaHouse.gov

A Jacksonville state representative’s bill aimed at easing the burden on victims of housing discrimination who are pursuing civil action passed unanimously in its first committee stop this week.

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