Brendan Rivers

Reporter

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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 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.

Left to right: Alan Light, Jimmy Safechuck (one of Jackson's accusers) and Michael Jackson.
Alan Light / Flickr.com

HBO released the documentary Leaving Neverland in early March detailing child sex abuse allegations against Michael Jackson. 

Lippi standing near trees
James Gilbert / Climate Central

Walking along a wooden path winding through Nease Beachfront Park in St. Augustine, Danny Lippi pointed to coastal trees sprouting from the shrubbery around him. The exotic species were brought here by warming temperatures — bringing business opportunities for the local arborist.

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Mayor Lenny Curry will be spending the next four years at City Hall after Jacksonville voters re-elected him to a second term on Tuesday.

The misleading text sent to a Duval resident on election day.
WJCT News

A text message sent to a Duval County resident Tuesday morning requesting turnout for incumbent Mayor Lenny Curry and other Republicans falsely implied Wednesday is election day.

Overflowing dumpster at Hampton Villa Apartments.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Residents at an affordable housing community in Northwest Jacksonville say they regularly struggle with overflowing Dumpsters as well as mold and mildew in their apartments.

The Florida state capitol.
Michael Riviera / Wikimedia Commons

A bill that would prohibit local governments from regulating any requirements imposed on employers relating to minimum wage and conditions of employment cleared its first hurdle in the Florida Senate Tuesday in a party line vote.

Senator Rob Bradley.
Florida Channel

A Florida Senate bill that would ban the practice of “bundling” proposed constitutional amendments by the state’s Constitution Revision Commission cleared the Rules Committee Wednesday and is now headed to the Senate floor for a full vote.

The Star of David.
Alex Proimos / Wikimedia Commons

Critics of a Florida House bill that aims to crack down on anti-Semitism say the legislation is too narrow because it fails to address other forms of xenophobia and hate crimes, and that it violates the First Amendment by criminalizing legitimate criticisms of the State of Israel.

Jacksonville City Hall
Steven Martin / Flickr.com

In response to a recent criminal investigation of several Jacksonville City Council members, the Jacksonville Ethics Commission is asking Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to issue a legal opinion on local ethics commissions’ ability to enforce the state’s Sunshine Laws.

Florida Senator Rob Bradley.
Rob Bradley

A bill that would regulate hemp growing and sales, bringing Florida in line with federal laws, unanimously passed in its first Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

Volunteers pose for a picture Wednesday morning before loading the truck with supplies for Hurricane Michael victims in Fountain.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

A Mandarin woman was on her way to the Florida Panhandle Wednesday morning, driving a 26-foot box truck filled with food and supplies she collected for Hurricane Michael victims who are still dealing with the aftermath of the historic storm.

Plastic straws.
Kevin Rheese / Flickr.com

What started as an effort to prevent local governments from regulating plastic straws morphed Monday into a push for a study on the issue, lumped in with an attempt to prohibit cities and counties from banning certain sunscreens.

Tracy Upchurch (right) with a student (left) at Flagler College.
Flagler College

The St. Augustine City Commission unanimously appointed former Mayor Tracy Upchurch to replace Nancy Shaver, who resigned last week to focus on her health after suffering a stroke.

A1A in Flagler Beach after Hurricane Matthew.
Mark Fetters / Flickr.com

A study commissioned by the Florida Department of Transportation finds that several parts of A1A in St. Johns County could be vulnerable to erosion, primarily during extreme weather events like Hurricanes Irma and Matthew.

Trees in downtown Jacksonville.
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With a grant from the U.S. Forest Service, Jacksonville has hired a Virginia-based nonprofit to study the city’s trees and how they can be better utilized to address the problems of urban stormwater runoff, among other things.

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