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.


A report in The Florida Times-Union shows Duval County Public Schools paid more than $9 million in air conditioning-related maintenance and repairs in just one year.

Ability Housing


A new report says affordable housing is out of reach for millions of Americans.


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The City of Jacksonville is marking Public Art Week with a number of events to celebrate the importance of public art in the city this week.

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Florida has more than 3.5 million no party affiliated voters, or NPAs, which make up some 27 percent of the electorate.


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and dozens of business and political leaders around Florida are back from a four-day trade mission to Israel.


Hurricane season begins on June, but the first named storm of the season, Andrea, has already formed in the Atlantic.


Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis has introduced legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. If passed, it would add Jacksonville to a growing list of states and cities moving to eliminate criminal penalties for recreational use of the drug. Councilman Dennis joined us to discuss his bill in more detail.

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For months, investors and companies had been lulled into a sense of security that the world’s two largest economies appeared to be getting closer to a deal to resolve their battle over trade. 

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For Friday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week, including:

What makes a “child-friendly” city? Speakers from UNICEF will shine a light on that question this week as they bring their Child-Friendly Cities Initiative to Jacksonville. Dr. Jeff GoldhagenUF Health Jacksonville; Garry Bevel, children’s ombudsperson at the Children’s Home Society; and student Alexis Evans joined us.


May 1 is Decision Day, when most high school seniors have to make their final decisions on where to go to college. That’s when many of them may face their biggest challenge: how to pay for it.

Melanie Lawson

WJXT-TV anchor Melanie Lawson caused a splash when she recently decided to grow out her natural hair and wear it that way on TV, too. We spoke with her about the change.


We took a closer look at plans to help make Northeast Florida a “smart region” with Jeff Sheffield, Executive Director, North Florida TPO; and John Schultz, Chief Innovation Officer for Allied Reliability, Inc.

Here & Now


State lawmakers are poised to expand a school security program allowing teachers to carry guns in the classroom. However, some school districts are lobbying against it.