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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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:

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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