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.

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

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

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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.

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This week on the Roundup, we took a closer look at the push to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida with Nick Hansen, Chairman, Make it Legal Florida; and John Kennedy, State Capital Reporter, GateHouse Media.

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Historic flooding in the Italian city of Venice is a reminder that the world’s coastal cities are incredibly vulnerable to flooding and sea level rise.

Closer to home, another coastal city that depends on tourism is getting proactive about planning for the future. St. Augustine has been looking at ways to become more resilient, and recently created a new position dedicated to the task. Mike Cullum, St. Augustine’s new Chief Resiliency Officer, joined us with more.

Longest Table

Former First Coast News anchor Donna Deegan is a Jacksonville native, a public figure, and an activist.

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A series of landlord disputes in different neighborhoods across Jacksonville has communities across the region either up in arms, or at the very least, confused about what’s next.

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It’s Veterans Day, an important day of remembrance to honor all those in this country who have served and sacrificed in the armed forces.

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A small Florida county jumped into the ongoing fight between President Trump and the media this week when its county commission's dissing of the New York Times made national headlines.

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