Brendan Rivers


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, 904-358-6396 or on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.

Outside of the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office on Jacksonville's Northside.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A voting machine at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Center polling location on Jacksonville’s Eastside was temporarily down on Tuesday morning, and while the problem was quickly fixed, some residents may not have cast their vote because of it.

Photo of JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The JEA Board has chosen the city-owned utility’s next CEO.

Vials with samples taken for the new coronavirus are seen before they are prepared for RNA testing.
Gerald Herbert / Associated Press

Two coronavirus testing sites in Jacksonville will be temporarily closed on Election Day.

Voters line up on Oct. 19 to cast their ballots at the San Marco Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library.

A new poll finds that a majority of Floridians believe climate action should be a priority for the president, and most trust Joe Biden to better handle climate change than Donald Trump.

A conceptual site plan of the proposed Lot J redevelopment.
City of Jacksonville

Dozens of Jacksonville residents spoke out Thursday night against Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s proposed $450 million Lot J project.

Early voting sign
David Luckin / WJCT News

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Florida has launched a pro bono legal hotline for ex-felons to have their voting rights status checked by a legal representative.

vote by mail ballot envelope
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

A new statewide coalition of four progressive Florida organizations is helping Black and Brown voters cure rejected vote-by-mail ballots.

These shipping containers are part of the Ashley St. Container Lofts project.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Construction of the Ashley Street Container Lofts, built from converted shipping containers, in Downtown’s Cathedral District is expected to be finished by the end of the year, despite setbacks.

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

A Jacksonville defense attorney says Northeast Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit is more lenient when prosecuting crimes if the perpetrator is a police or corrections officer.

The St. Johns River
The University of North Florida

The 2020 State of the River Report points to some positive developments in the health of the St. Johns River, but also highlights several concerning trends.

Clay County Sheriff's vehicle
Clay County Sheriff's Office

A former Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy has pleaded guilty to producing and possessing child pornography.

FSCJ's Deerwood Center
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s fall career fair is going virtual this month.

Close-up of Oxycodone bottle.
Cindy Shebley /

Local law enforcement agencies are partnering with area health care providers to host free drug take back events around the First Coast on Saturday.

A Florida Blue Drive-Up Flu Shot Clinic
Florida Blue

If you want to get a flu shot, Florida Blue is offering free drive-thru vaccination clinics at the St. Johns Town Center and the Winston Family YMCA through December.

Vote here sign
Jay Phagan / Wikimedia Commons

Early voting begins on Monday across much of Florida and here on the First Coast.

Duval County Courthouse
Excel23 / Wikimedia Commons

The public is being asked to weigh in on potential replacements for Judge David Gooding, who is retiring from Northeast Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit.

A Jeep drives through a flooded street in St. Augustine.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

St. Augustine is looking for residents to be on a new committee tasked with updating the city’s building code to reduce flooding.

The City Commission on Monday agreed to form the five-member advisory committee. It will be chaired by Commissioner John Valdes, who has worked in the construction industry for decades.

A vote here sign
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Clay County’s Supervisor of Elections is encouraging people to vote by mail or vote early in person ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

A flooded street in St. Augustine.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The St. Augustine City Commission is moving forward with plans to form a new advisory committee tasked with amending the city’s land development code to reduce flooding.

Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate Jeremy "Spike" Cohen
Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

Jeremy "Spike" Cohen, the Libertarian Party candidate running for vice president, will be speaking Tuesday, Oct. 13, at James Weldon Johnson Park in Downtown Jacksonville.

John Lennon at a press conference in 1971.
Associated Press

October 9, 2020, would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, and to honor his life, Feeding Florida is giving residents the opportunity to help fight hunger in the state by buying a special "Imagine" license plate tag.

The intersection of Orange and Riberia St. in St. Augustine on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.
City of St. Augustine

The St. Augustine City Commission is looking for ways to alleviate the chronic flooding the city has been dealing with increasingly in recent years.

Close-up of Oxycodone bottle.
Cindy Shebley /

A free at-home medication disposal program is looking to address opioid overdoses, which have spiked in Jacksonville and across the country since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

An economic impact payment check
Eric Gay / Associated Press

More than 567,000 Floridians are among the estimated 9 million Americans who don’t regularly file taxes and still have not received their pandemic stimulus checks from the federal government.

A view of the Cummer Museum & Gardens.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Riverside has chosen Andrea Barnwell Brownlee to be the institution’s next director and CEO.

A flu shot being given
Indiana Public Media

If you want to get a flu shot, Florida Blue is offering a drive-thru vaccination clinic at the St. Johns Town Center on Wednesday.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Cordish Companies said Monday they are planning to move forward with a project to develop Lot J next to TIAA Bank Field.

A sign reading "Still Open" hangs outside of a restaurant.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

An infectious disease specialist is warning that as Florida pulls back on business and capacity restrictions, more people are likely to die of the coronavirus.

Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing Park rendering
City of Jacksonville

The city of Jacksonville has released design plans for the Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing Park in the historic LaVilla neighborhood near Downtown.

A OneBlood Big Red Bus sitting at FSCJ's Downtown Campus.
Blake Allen / WJCT News

Federal and local law enforcement officials who have recovered from COVID-19 are partnering with OneBlood to raise awareness about plasma donations.