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 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 Rivers can be reached at brivers@wjct.org, 904-358-6396 or on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.

Hip-Hop duo Stono Echo: Paten Locke (left) and Jay Myztroh (right).
C. L. McCain / Obscura Lux fine Art Photography

A new podcast from Berklee College of Music features four musical acts from across the country, including Jacksonville’s own Stono Echo.

Chicago Pizza at the Jacksonville Landing.
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Chicago Pizza at the Jacksonville Landing is trying to reopen its video game bar, closed since a deadly shooting there last August, as another restaurant at the shopping center closes its doors.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
News Service of Florida

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis followed up on a campaign promise Thursday by signing an executive order designed to address the environmental issues that have been plaguing the state.

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

During a presentation on nutrient loads caused by septic systems before the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government, Dr. Brian E. Lapointe, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University, said septic tanks are a major factor behind a recent spike in harmful algal blooms. A problem that, in his opinion, is “the most important and urgent issue facing our state.”

Adam M. Levine, George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Cummer Museum.
Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens.

The Cummer Museum’s new Director and CEO says he plans to seek input from community stakeholders as he looks to make the institution as relevant as possible for Northeast Florida.

Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs.
ClayClerk.com

The Clay County Clerk’s Office will host a Vulnerable Adult Injunction Workshop on Thursday to help residents better understand a recently enacted law that aims to protect vulnerable adults of any age from financial exploitation.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Frederica S. Wilson (D-Miami) have introduced the Safe Temperature Act and re-introduced the Liberty City Rising Act, two pieces of legislation designed to address safety concerns in low income communities.


City Councilman Terrance Freeman has filed to run for the At-Large Group 1 seat currently held by Anna Brosche - a fellow Republican who has hinted at challenging incumbent Mayor Lenny Curry. But Brenda Priestly Jackson, who’s running for the seat Freeman is now vacating, said he doesn’t meet the residency requirements to run.

Denise Smith Amos / The Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville saw a high of 83 degrees on January 1, 2019 - the city’s hottest New Year’s Day on record.

Scott and Rubio in office
Marco Rubio via Facebook

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) hosted a press event Friday to highlight his accomplishments over the past two years, but he spent most of his time fielding questions from reporters about the ongoing government shutdown and border security.

Chef Robert Scambia (center, in black) with Orange County Fire Rescue.
ChefRobHeroesCookBook.org

Ever since Sept. 11, 2001, Chef Robert Scambia has been on a mission to cook for every fire station in the state of Florida in honor of the 343 firefighters who died in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. Now Scambia plans to publish a cookbook to benefit firefighters right here in Duval County.

Climate Central

It’s that time of year when children start to ask, “Are we going to have a white Christmas?” In Jacksonville this year, the answer is a pretty resounding no.

Migrant workers at Kirby Farms in Mechanicsville, VA.
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Florida businesses would have to use a federal database to verify the immigration status of new employees, under proposals filed in the House and Senate for the 2019 legislative session.

Incoming Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Executive Director Joy Young speaking at the Times-Union Center.
Jihan Grant / Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville introduced its next Executive Director to the public on Thursday.

City and school officials join the state champions Mandarin Mustangs for a photo op.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Players and coaches from the Raines and Mandarin high school football teams were handed keys to the city on Wednesday after bringing state titles back to Duval County.

2018 Jacksons' Music Scholarship Fund recipients flanked by city and school officials.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Four Jacksonville area college freshmen are benefiting from a donation given to the city by the King of Pop, 34 years ago.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry giving Bishop Kenny High School 9th-grader Arisa Nakamichi advice after presenting her with a 2019 Tomorrow's Leaders Award.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has visited three Duval County schools since Friday to surprise the winners of the 2019 Tomorrow’s Leaders Award.

Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Núñez (left) and Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis (right).
Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis Transition

The chair of Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture says the environment will be a priority under the DeSantis administration.

Exterior of FSCJ.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Florida State College at Jacksonville will be hosting an open information session and waiving application fees for students affected by the sudden closing of Virginia College.

Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis Campaign / Twitter

In an interview with the Palm Beach Post, Florida Governor-elect, Ron DeSantis, said that Amendment 4, approved by 64.55 percent of the state’s voters, should not go into effect until “implementing language” is approved by the Legislature and then signed by him.

Gillum talking to a group of people.
Andrew Gillum, Democrat, for Governor

In the weeks after Democrat Andrew Gillum lost the Nov. 6 Florida gubernatorial election, money continued to flow into a political committee that played a major role in his campaign.

Algal bloom in the Indian River Lagoon.
St. Johns River Water Management District

Over the past decade nearly 90,000 tons of sewage sludge have been trucked up from South Florida and dumped into the St. Johns River watershed and conservationists say it’s having a devastating effect.

Attorney Sean Cronin discussing the lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of his clients, Amy and Charles Bright.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

A lawsuit was filed against the federal government Tuesday alleging Naval Hospital Jacksonville staff allowed a piece of needle to break off in a woman’s spine during a caesarian section performed 15 years ago, never told her about it and then tried to cover it up.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry speaking to the Duval County Legislative Delegation at City Hall.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

In their Monday morning meeting at City Hall, the Duval County Legislative Delegation unanimously elected both their next chair and vice chair before ceding the floor to constituents as they look for input before heading to Tallahassee for committee meetings ahead of the 2019 legislative session.

Jacksonville City Hall
Steven Martin / Flickr.com

The Duval County Legislative Delegation will meet at City Hall on Monday to elect a new chair and vice chair and to hear from constituents.

The late Sen. Dorothy Hukill (left) with her friend and colleague Sen. Travis Hutson (right) at the Coke Zero 400 in July, 2017.
From the late Dorothy Hukill's Facebook page

A Northeast Florida state senator has filed a proposal that would require high-school students to take financial-literacy courses in honor of the late state Sen. Dorothy Hukill, who died this year after battling cancer.

Connell Crooms, Jacksonville mayoral candidate.
Connell Crooms

Update: Connell Crooms switched his campaign plans after this story's publication. He is running for a At Large Group 1 City Council seat.

Mayoral, constitutional and city council candidates have many hoops to jump through in order to qualify for candidacy and a big deadline is fast approaching.

Incoming Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Executive Director Joy Young
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The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville has named their next executive director - a 14 year veteran of the South Carolina Arts Commission.

A fully lit Hanukkah menorah.
B.R. Guest Hospitality / Flickr.com

For the first time ever a giant six-foot menorah will be lit on the University of North Florida campus to celebrate Hanukkah and to “spread light” amidst an increase in anti-semitic acts like the recent mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Lulu, who's up for adoption at this weekend's Mega Pet Adoption event at the Jacksonville Fairground.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Hundreds of cats and dogs are up for adoption at the Jacksonville Fairground through 6 p.m. Saturday.

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