Brendan Rivers


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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 several 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 Miami Herald, 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.

Flooding in San Marco.
Sherry Krol

During Monday’s meeting, members of Resilient Jax discussed how to grow the organization in the coming year to better help Jacksonville prepare for the effects of climate change.

City Council President Tommy Hazouri
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union file photo

After a tense meeting Thursday night, Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri is coming under fire from some of his fellow councilmembers.

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri
City Council President Tommy Hazouri's Facebook Page

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri is blaming the administration of Mayor Lenny Curry for the setbacks and confusion that have surrounded Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s proposed $450 million Lot J project.

A closed sign hangs in the door as a maintenance worker passes by.
Matt York / Associated Press

The Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) recently established the Northeast Florida Economic Resilience Taskforce, which aims to help the region recover from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bogey Creek Preserve
North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) has expanded the Bogey Creek Preserve in North Jacksonville by 12 acres thanks to an anonymous donor.

James Brown performing in the Musikhalle of Hamburg, in February 1973.
Heinrich Klaffs / Wikimedia Commons

Editor's Note: The lecture referenced in this story has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Reairings are scheduled at midnight and 6 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20.

A Flagler College Professor will deliver a lecture called “From Civil Rights to Black Power In Rock” from his Rock and Roll History class on C-SPAN this month.

Jacksonville City Council President Scott Wilson

Jacksonville City Council committee meetings have been canceled through next week due to Councilman Scott Wilson’s COVID-19 diagnosis, and that means the timeline considering Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s proposed Lot J project has been pushed back.

A man wades through flood water as he check out damage from Hurricane Matthew Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in St. Augustine , Fla.
John Bazemore / Associated Press

With more than a month-and-a-half left in 2020, Jacksonville has already seen more rainfall than the yearly average and new research suggests that all of Florida will likely see even more rain, particularly during the late summer, as the climate continues to change.

A Phlebotomist draws blood from a patient for COVID-19 antibody testing.
David J. Phillip / Associated Press

A medical company near Orlando is offering up to 5,000 COVID-19 antibody test kits to nonprofits in the Jacksonville area.


A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Clay and Putnam counties  due to Tropical Storm Eta. The storm is expected to affect the First Coast as a depression beginning overnight on Thursday, with the worst effects expected in Jacksonville around sunrise on Thursday.

Conditions are expected to rapidly improve by Thursday afternoon across most areas of the state.

Egans Creek Greenway
Fernandina Beach

 The city of Fernandina Beach has bought three acres of land for conservation on Amelia Island.

Murray Hill mural
Murray Hill Preservation Society

The Jacksonville Environmental Quality Division (EQD) is investigating a chemical smell in Murray Hill, which in some cases is manifesting in a visible plume that makes it difficult to breathe and stings the skin. Some residents have said this issue has persisted for years.

Rendering of the proposed redevelopment of Lot J and the nearby area.
City of Jacksonville / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci is calling for an independent external review of the $450 million Lot J project proposed by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

The Jacksonville Community Action Committee protesting outside of City Hall.
Jacksonville Community Action Committee

Organizers of a protest planned for outside of Jacksonville City Hall Wednesday evening are calling for more police oversight.

Andrew Harnik
Associated Press

Joe Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Duval County since Jimmy Carter in 1976, but the former vice president’s success didn’t translate down the ballot.

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.


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