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 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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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.

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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.

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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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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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