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.


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


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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City Councilman Matt Carlucci joined us to discuss new legislation to replenish a trust fund for historic preservation, as well as several other local issues, including the possible JEA sale.


There is a lot of attention focused on Downtown Jacksonville these days. Between the new Ford on Bay, First Baptist Church’s decision to put about 90% of their properties on the market, plans for a mixed-use development at the old Independent Life Tower, and JEA’s plans for a new headquarters the urban core is changing. 

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Amendment 4 restored voting rights to more than a million Florida residents with a felony conviction.

JEA's downtown Jacksonville headquarters
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JEA, Jacksonville's publicly-owned utility, announced Monday it has received bids from 16 private companies. Next it will evaluate the bids as the utility continues on a path of potentially recommending a sale of all or part of the operation to a private vendor.


A push is underway in Duval County that organizers claim would improve the election process  and voter turnout for Jacksonville's municipal elections.


This week we took a closer look at what President Donald Trump wants to do with Medicare, and how it could affect the millions of Floridians who count on it for health care, with:

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Mapping Jax, a new local movement sparked by a rush of downtown demolitions, is asking the city to think more creatively about how we build the urban core.

On today’s show, we looked at how the impeachment inquiry is playing with Florida voters. 

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Florida voters passed Amendment 4 last year to restore voting rights for 1.4 million people in the state who had a felony conviction but had served their prison sentences. 


President Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. We took a look at this historic turn of events with Michael Binder, UNF associate director of political science.

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More First Coast residents are filing lawsuits against Monsanto, the makers of Roundup, the world’s most popular weed killer. They claim it caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

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A group of Duval County parents and grandparents are suing the City of Jacksonville for failing to put the School Board’s proposed half-cent sales tax on voters’ ballots this year. 

Climate strikers gather in front of Jacksonville City Hall in September of 2019.
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Millions of students and adults around the world took time off from school and work Friday to participate in a Global Climate Strike. The action comes ahead of a planned United Nations Climate Action Summit that takes place next week in New York.

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Jacksonville’s Cure Violence initiative was touted as a tool to lower shootings and violence when the city funded it this year. This week, it’s been raising some eyebrows on social media for a campaign calling for "No Shoot Zones." 


According to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Jacksonville ranks among the worst cities in the nation when it comes to energy efficiency and promoting clean energy.

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NPR’s new project, The Plastic Tide, explores the effects of plastic waste on our environment.


On Friday, September 20, hundreds of thousands of people across the U.S. — and the world — will take to the streets in Climate Strikes to demand that world leaders, our government, and the fossil fuel industry change course immediately to avoid a climate catastrophe. 

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The fight over abortion rights is heating up around the country. And, as several states around the country are making it harder for women to obtain an abortion, more women are getting involved in the issue and being recruited to run for office.


We spent the full hour taking a closer look at the growth of the charter school movement in Florida with:


Purdue Pharma and its owners, members of the Sackler family, have tentatively reached the first comprehensive settlement with thousands of different parties, for the devastation caused by the opioid epidemic.  Under the tentative deal, the Sackler family would pay $3 billion in cash over seven years.

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The Duval County Public Schoosl Board has hired lawyers in its fight to get a sales tax referendum before local voters.

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September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

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This week, Hurricane Dorian devastated the northern Bahamas and stalked Florida, which was spared a direct hit, for days.

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While the First Coast was spared from Hurricane Dorian’s wrath, others, especially in the Bahamas, weren’t as fortunate.

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We took a closer look at some of the ways Hurricane Dorian impacted the First Coast with Kerri Stewart, Senior VP and Chief Customer Officer at JEA.

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Wednesday's program was devoted to coverage of Hurricane Dorian.

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We devoted the full program to the latest on Hurricane Dorian, and how Northeast Florida is preparing for it.