Gabrielle Garay

Gabrielle Garay is a WJCT News intern for spring 2018.

Gabrielle is a senior at Flagler College studying journalism and media production with a minor in advertising. 

Originally from Orlando, Gabrielle attended the Osceola County School for the Arts, where she majored in creative writing.

Before joining the team at WJCT, she was an intern for Ancient City Stories and Folio Weekly, where she has had several bylines. Her published work ranges from breaking news to in-depth feature stories.

In addition to sharing amazing stories, Gabrielle enjoys pugs and cooking recipes she finds on Buzzfeed.



The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is urging beachgoers to avoid a 1,200 foot long construction site on St. Augustine Beach while it undergoes renourishment.

Andrew Harnik - Associated Press / Carl Van Vechten via Wikimedia Commons

Beyoncé brought a significant piece of Jacksonville’s history to a national stage over the weekend at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

Herschel street.
Gabrielle Garay / WJCT News

A petition that asks the Florida Department of Transportation to add a crosswalk, signage and lighting to the 4100 block of Herschel Street has been circulating in Avondale.

A man sweeps outside of his buisness after Hurricane Mathew passed.
Ryan Benk / WJCT News

St. Augustine home owners will have the opportunity to attend two educational disaster recovery workshops this week.

March for our lives protestors protesting outside of the Duval County Court House.
Steve Patrick / News4Jax

It's been two weeks since the nationwide March For Our Lives took place. Millions of people gathered around the county. In Jacksonville hundreds met at Hemming Park and marched to demand gun reform.

The students that worked to organize the marches are ready to keep the momentum going with their next movement: town hall meetings.


A new radio ad was released Monday, attacking the mayor of Jacksonville and the potential sale of JEA.

Exterior of Saint Augustine Youth Services
Gabrielle Garay / WJCT News

St. Augustine Youth Services can now be able to help more young boys at their therapeutic group homes.

Exterior of Jacksonville City Hall.
Joslyn Simmons / WJCT

Council members and their constituents are becoming frustrated with the lack of visible progress being made clean-up of toxic ash in the soil in Jacksonville’s northwest side.

HeyDay toy store sign
Gabrielle Garay

The iconic Toys R Us chain is going out of business and has already begun liquidating some stores. All physical locations will be closing down after 70 years of business. 

Students gather outside of school by a stage.
MaryBeth Garrison

Students across the nation are planning to walk out of their classes at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 for National School Walkout day. Students and advocates say they will walk out of class for 17 minutes to press Congress for tighter gun laws as well as honor the 17 lives that were lost last month during the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.

Jacksonville Baseball Grounds exterior
Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

The Stoneman Douglas High School Baseball team will play their first tournament of the season at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Friday, March 9.

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JEA is warning its customers to keep an eye out for phone calls coming from scammers posing as public utility employees.

“Today alone JEA has received almost 30 reports from customers, both residential and commercial, who have received a call from a scammer demanding payment,” Gerri Boyce, Manager of Media Relations with JEA, said Tuesday.

Those 30 calls were all received before 2 p.m.

Terry Renna / Associated Press

The Florida House and Senate will vote Friday on similar bills that would make it easier for first responders dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to get the treatment they need.

The chambers will vote on HB 227 and SB 376. The similar bills are aimed at revising compensation for first responders dealing with job-related PTSD.

Gabrielle Garay

It has been one week since the Valentine's Day massacre on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 students and teachers dead and many others wounded.

Gabrielle Garay / WJCT News

The Florida Constitutional Revision Commission met at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville Tuesday to hear from residents about 37 proposed amendments. 

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The battle to determine the future of Confederate monuments in Florida rages on. The fight for change has moved from protests and rallies to include a new platform: Florida state legislation.

Jennifer Shoaf Richardson

Local attorney Jennifer Shoaf Richardson lives, breaths, and works law. 

Hindu Society of Northeast Florida / Via Facebook

A resolution to honor the Hindu Society of Northeast Florida has been introduced to the Jacksonville City Council. The resolution, introduced by City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche, commends the organization for, “supporting community causes and helping to improve the Jacksonville community.”

The society was formed in 1991 to do community outreach.

Gabrielle Garay / WJCT News

Friends of Hemming Park are celebrating the downtown gathering spot's past and future.

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As the one year anniversary of the Women's March on Washington draws near men and women across the country are preparing to come together again to take action. 

Art Walk
Downtown Vision

This year Art Walk will continue to be a local staple, but with changes.

Gabrielle Garay / WJCT

The St. Augustine Fire Department will be getting a new all-terrain emergency services vehicle later this year.

Gabrielle Garay / WJCT News

Visitors and residents of St. Augustine will be able to take a free, self-guided walking tour through significant locations of the civil rights movement in St. Augustine’s Lincolnville neighborhood starting Monday, January 15.