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 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.

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.

Then Florida Governor Rick Scott and Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels survey Black Creek flooding after Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
Former Governor Rick Scott's Office


More than 2,500 flood insurance policies bought in Florida after Hurricane Irma are expiring this year, including hundreds along the First Coast.

Wetland Preserve
North Florida Land Trust

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency is weighing the costs and benefits of pursuing nature-based solutions as members explore how best to defend the city against flooding, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change.

Rep. Cord Byrd debates on the House floor.
MyFloridaHouse.gov

A Republican state representative from Neptune Beach has failed to respond to invitations to a non-partisan community forum for candidates in the race for Florida House, District 11.

vote by mail ballot envelope
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Duval County’s Supervisor of Elections is warning voters to be careful when voting by mail to make sure their ballots are counted as he gets ready to send out 138,000 ballots by mail on Thursday, Sept. 24. Military and overseas ballots were mailed on Sept. 19.  

Hungarian Jews on the ramp at Auschwitz II-Birkenau in German-occupied Poland, around May 1944.
Anonymous photographer / Auschwitz Album

A recent survey of U.S. adults under 40 shows a glaring lack of basic knowledge about the Holocaust.

Caridad Smith uses hand sanitizer before eating lunch at Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County, Inc., on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Miami.
Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

With coronavirus-related restrictions at long-term care facilities being eased, an industry leader is warning that without protections against civil liability there will be more legal cases and eventually an increase in insurance rates.

JSO Undersheriff Pat Ivey
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office / Via Facebook

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has arrested one of its own for the sixth time this year.

A man paddles a kayak near a flooded home after storm surge from Hurricane Irma pushed water into the low lying area.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

More than 130 groups across the country, including eight in Florida, are calling on Congress to create a federal flood risk disclosure requirement.

Edward Waters College
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Fall enrollment numbers at Jacksonville-area colleges and universities are surprisingly high given the economic toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken, and some schools are even reporting record numbers.

William Loring monument, etched in it is a confederate flag, in a park, with two people sitting in a bench behind it.
Mary Cobb

More than 100 Confederate monuments and symbols have been removed across the country this year and Florida is taking them down faster than 46 other states.

James Weldon Johnson Park, then Hemming Park, is pictured on June 9, 2020, shortly after the city removed its Confederate statue.
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council is set to hold a public hearing on a proposed two year moratorium on the renaming of public parks, buildings and streets during Tuesday’s meeting. The council is also considering more buyouts of homes in flood-prone areas.

A woman riding a horse on the beach at Amelia Island, featured in the "Day Trips in Florida" section of VisitFlorida.com.
Patrick Farrell / Visit Florida

Visit Florida is launching an advertising campaign aimed at encouraging in-state travel to try to help Florida’s tourism industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Florida added fewer than 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus Monday for the first time since mid-June.

Miami Dade County Chief Resiliency Officer James Murley.
The University of Miami

Miami Dade County’s Chief Resilience Officer says the best thing Jacksonville can do as it starts trying to deal with climate change is to appoint someone who will spearhead the city’s efforts.

people mill around a plaza in front of a 60th anniversary backdrop
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The newly named James Weldon Johnson Park in Downtown Jacksonville has been added to the African American Civil Rights Network on Thursday, the 60th anniversary of Ax Handle Saturday.

A restored tabby slave cabin at the Kingsley Plantation.
The National Park Service

The Timucuan Parks Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant for programming that highlights the historic and continued role slavery plays in the U.S.

Blue green algae in the St. Johns River.
Edie Widder / St. Johns Riverkeeper

A new study finds that Florida has spent close to $20 million trying to deal with algae blooms over the past 10 years.

Florida National Guard soldiers going door to door in the Jacksonville area around Ortega Island following Hurricane Irma, Sept. 11, 2017.
The National Guard

The Democratic candidate for Florida House District 16, a seat currently held by Republican Jason Fischer, says Jacksonville needs to invest more in its infrastructure to prepare for future sea level rise, and it needs funding from the state to do so.

A Facebook logo
Thibault Camus / Associated Press

Facebook is apologizing for mistakenly taking down the page of a local climate advocacy organization.

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office exterior
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

The Duval County Supervisor of Elections’ call center was shut down this week after several employees who worked during the primary tested positive for COVID-19.

An iPhone displays a Facebook page.
Jenny Kane / Associated Press

Update on August 21, 2020: Facebook has since apologized for taking down the Jacksonville chapter's page.  Original story below:

The Facebook pages of several local chapters of a national climate change advocacy nonprofit, including Jacksonville’s, have been suspended with no warning or explanation.

Duval County vote-by-mail ballot.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Tuesday, August 18, is Florida’s Primary Day. 

Grevy's zebras at White Oak
White Oak Conservation

Four Grevy’s zebras, the world’s largest and most endangered species of zebra, were recently born at White Oak Conservation in Yulee.

The Confederate War Memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
Ebyabe / Wikimedia Commons

St. Augustine’s contractor has started the process of relocating the Confederate monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion.

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

This month is Jacksonville Climate Month, which state and local advocacy organizations are using to raise awareness around issues related to climate change and sea level rise in Northeast Florida.

Mayor Lenny Curry speaking during a virtual press conference.
City of Jacksonville

The city of Jacksonville has partnered with local hospitals and hospital administrators on a public service announcement urging residents to wear masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The Confederate War Memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
Ebyabe / Wikimedia Commons

In a 3-to-2 vote Monday night, the St. Augustine City Commission approved a plan to move the Confederate monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion to the Trout Creek Fish Camp.

A custodian cleans a desk in a classroom.
Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

Baker County students headed back to school Monday morning with no mask requirement in place.

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

An executive order signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis loosens the criteria for restaurant employees with coronavirus to return to work.

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