Heather Schatz

Talk Show Producer

Heather spent close to 10 years at CBS News in New York City, where she worked for CBS Network Radio, CBS This Morning and The Early Show, producing news and feature stories for television and radio. While there, she was nominated for a national Emmy Award for a feature series and received National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Certificates of Recognition for the reporting of the September 11 events and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Since returning to Florida in 2007, Heather has worked as the communications director for Best Buddies International and the National YoungArts Foundation and as a communications consultant for a number of businesses. 

She is also a long-standing member of the Writer’s Guild of America, East, and contributes to Edible Northeast Florida magazine. Heather has a master's degree in journalism and mass communications from New York University and a bachelor's degree in public policy from Cornell University. 

Heather lives at the Beaches with her husband and two children.

exterior of the store
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

An employee at the Sawgrass Village Publix in Ponte Vedra Beach tested positive for COVID-19, according to what appears to be an internal message sent to the store’s employees.

STILFEHLER / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Publix will now allow some of its workers to wear personal protective equipment while on duty, Maria Brous, director of communications for the grocer, told WJCT News in an email.

Jacksonville Symphony

One segment of the economy that’s been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis is the arts.

 

Southern Swells Brewing Co.


  As COVID-19 shutdowns take effect all over the state of Florida, local restaurants, bars and other small businesses have been seriously impacted. 

Bill Bortzfeld/WJCT

 

On a special edition of the program - The Florida Roundup: Primary Night - we took a closer look at Florida’s presidential primary, which took place Tuesday, March 17, amidst coronavirus concerns, with: 

GEORGE CALIN / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Dr. Joseph Sirven, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, which will have a COVID-19 test that was developed at the hospital’s Rochester Campus available in April, joined us to take a look at all of the latest coronavirus news.

The Chainsmokers
Contributed photo

Tuesday is Military Appreciation Day at THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, a day that typically culminates with a ceremony of nationally-ranked dignitaries, military pageantry and a concert.

A marijuana plant
Mohammad Faisal Pirzada / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

We’re just a little more than a week away from the Florida Presidential Primary, which takes place on March 17, with early voting already underway around the First Coast.

Image: Jason Tetlak shows off a draft of mural of comedian and actor Bill Murray, which is planning to paint on the side of a building in Murray Hill.
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

Actor Bill Murray’s mug may be the new ambassador for a Jacksonville's Murray Hill neighborhood if a local artist gets his way.

ALEJANDRA MARTINEZ/WLRN

On today’s program we discussed teacher pay and E-Verify, as Florida lawmakers prepare to reconvene on January 14.

Heather Schatz / WJCT News

Public pressure continues to mount for accountability and a thorough investigation into JEA's senior leadership and the now-halted negotiations to sell the public utility along with a controversial employee bonus plan that would have paid millions to top brass in the event of a sale.

Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News

The Duval County Democratic Party is calling on State Attorney Melissa Nelson to recuse herself from investigating JEA.

EBRAHIM NOROOZI / AP

Nancy Soderberg, a foreign policy strategist who served as the third-ranking official on the Clinton Administration's National Security Council, and as an Alternate Representative to the United Nations as a Presidential Appointee with the rank of Ambassador, joined us for a closer look at what the escalating tensions in Iran might mean for the military community in Northeast Florida.

ROBERTO ROLDAN / WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

On today’s program, we spent the full hour looking ahead to the 2020 elections in November, including what’s being done to ensure votes are secure and counted properly.

THE NATIONAL GUARD / FLICKR.COM

We devoted today’s program to Florida’s environment, how climate change is impacting it, and what it will take to become more resilient with:

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PORTRAIT / VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

On today's progrm we looked at how Florida lawmakers reacted to this week’s impeachment vote with Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL 27).

Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News

The Jacksonville Civic Council is calling for a grand jury investigation into JEA board and senior management.  Michael Ward, the retired CEO of CSX Transportation and Co-Chair of the Council’s JEA Special Committee, joined us to explain why.

Heather Schatz/WJCT

District 10 Jacksonville City Councilwoman Brenda Priestly-Jackson, who introduced an emergency resolution last week calling JEA to stop seeking bids to privatize, joined us with her thoughts about the latest developments.

Heather Schatz/WJCT

Over the weekend, Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci called for a grand jury investigation into JEA.

RYAN STANTON / FLICKR

On Friday’s Roundup we discussed school safety in Florida. Reporting by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel this week found that a disturbing number of violent threats against students and teachers come from mentally impaired children who are fixated on violence, and have easy access to guns.

SUSAN WALSH / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Congressman Ted Yoho - who represents North-Central Florida, including parts of Orange Park, Palatka, Gainesville and Ocala - is retiring. He says he’ll leave Washington when the 116th Congress closes in January 2021. His seat will be on the ballot during next year's presidential election.

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PORTRAIT / VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

On Friday’s Roundup, two members of the House Judiciary Committee from Florida joined us to discuss the latest in the impeachment inquiry, and how it’s playing out in the Sunshine State.

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PORTRAIT / VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The House Intelligence Committee released the results of its investigation into President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The committee claims the evidence shows Trump placed his political interests above the national interest in his conduct toward Ukraine.

Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News

JEA’s leadership is pushing back against critics of its move to potentially privatize the utility.

Heather Schatz/WJCT

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci is publicly urging JEA CEO Aaron Zahn to resign. This, as the debate continues over a possible sale of the city-owned utility to a private owner.

HIV In Florida

Nov 29, 2019
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES (NIAID) / FLICKR

With World AIDS Day approaching, we spent the full program taking a closer look at HIV in Florida with:

SAMANTHA KINDLER / WJCT

This week, the FDA issued warning letters to 15 companies for illegally selling products containing cannabidiol - that’s CBD - in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA also published a revised Consumer Update detailing safety concerns about CBD products more broadly. 

Whether you like to shop for holiday gifts online or in-store, we've got you covered this season with a curated selection of locally produced gift ideas that will delight your friends and family, and also help support the First Coast small business community.

Richard Spencer, Secretary of the Navy, has apparently been forced out over the handling of the case involving Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was acquitted of killing an ISIS prisoner.

Pages