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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A new UNF poll shows there is strong, bipartisan opposition to selling JEA to a private company, with 59% of the Duval County voters polled saying they do not favor a sale.

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Corporate leaders know having a diverse workforce that stresses inclusion and equity is good for the bottom line. But sometimes getting there is easier said than done.

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Ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Sunday game in London, owner Shad Khan alluded to what he called a “50 year curse” when it comes down to Downtown development. Khan said he’s hopeful his plans to develop the area around the stadium will help downtown take off.

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On Friday’s program, we took a closer look at Florida’s Republican Party with Mike Haridopolos, author of  The Modern Republican Party of Florida and George Will, a columnist and the author of The Conservative Sensibility.

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According to the Human Trafficking Hotline, Florida ranks third for human trafficking cases in the U.S., behind California and Texas. Human trafficking can include both forced labor and sexual exploitation.

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Publix says it plans to close its Gateway Town Center store in late December, which has raised concerns about the area becoming a food desert.

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On Friday's program, we took a closer look at the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, it’s ties to Florida, and two new University of North Florida (UNF) polls. 

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Do Florida voters want President Trump impeached?

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We took a closer look at the fractured state of Florida’s cannabis activist community - and its attempts to get a recreational marijuana initiative on next year’s ballot - as well as several other cannabis-related issues, with Georgio Valentino, the Editor of Folio Weekly; Shelton Hull, who covers the subject for Folio Weekly; and Sally Peebles, a partner at Vicente Sederberg and member of the state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.

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The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Florida launched a new campaign about media literacy Tuesday. 

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The American Flood Coalition is hosting its first-ever Florida Mayors Summit in the nation’s capitol. Nineteen current mayors representing more than 2.6 million Floridians will hear from experts and talk to members of Congress about flooding and sea level rise.

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On this week's Florida Roundup, we discussed the Florida connection to the impeachment inquiry surrounding President Donald Trump with Emily Mahoney, Florida Government Reporter, Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald.

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Jacksonville’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a public town hall at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 17, to ask what changes residents want in their city’s governance.

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Plans are in the works to bring a new spaceport to Camden County, Georgia.

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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens' newest exhibit, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection, opens to the public this Friday, Oct. 18.

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