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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The coronavirus crisis has hit the restaurant business particularly hard. They have been closed to dining for weeks now, and as such, have had to shift to takeout and delivery only, or close altogether.

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The coronavirus pandemic has put a number of local projects on hold, including in the art world.

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On Monday's program we looked at how homeschooling - which will continue for the remainder of the school year - has been going.



Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says it’s time to take incremental steps to partially reopen the city’s economy. He’s assembled a group of local civic leaders to advise him.

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As the COVID-19 shutdown continues, restaurants have had to adapt to keep their business running.

One of the ways some eateries have pivoted , especially fast-casual ones, is by selling a small selection of groceries to their customers. That’s in addition to switching to take out only.


On Saturday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said his administration would release the names of the state’s long-term care facilities that have active COVID 19 cases.

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Three people who work at postal facilities in the Jacksonville area have tested positive for coronavirus, a United States Postal Service (USPS) spokesman confirmed to WJCT News. 

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The food and beverage industry has been hit particularly hard by the  coronavirus crisis, with restaurants shifting to takeout and delivery orders to try to stay in business.


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A Florida girl recently got a huge surprise for her 9th birthday. 

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The bakery team at Publix has managed to outdo themselves  — and give people a much-needed reason to smile  —  again.

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Update: Publix has now confirmed that an employee at its Sawgrass Village location in Ponte Vedra Beach has tested positive for COVID-19.


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.

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


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

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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: 


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.

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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.

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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.
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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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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.