Joy Kader

"First Coast Connect" Intern

Joy Kader is a senior at the University of North Florida, pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in multimedia journalism and production.

Joy discovered her passion for broadcast journalism at age 16 when she pre-recorded and edited interviews with a non-profit organization in her hometown of Palm Beach. Joy hopes her love for traveling, food, fashion and pop culture will contribute to her writing.

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A New York Times bestselling author, based on the First Coast, released a new book about buried treasures right at home.

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A former inmate has turned his life around by using art to spotlight issues in the state’s criminal justice system.

A local nonprofit is supporting local victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault by raising awareness for victims rights week, which coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness month.

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Religious restrictions may have driven Basya Schechter away from her community, but it couldn’t take away her love of traditional music.

The Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment held its annual Nehemiah Assembly at the Abyssinia Baptist Church, where more than 1,500 Jacksonville residents addressed the need to pursue social justice concerns Monday.

 A proposed settlement between Jacksonville and two nonprofits might lead to more housing options for the homeless in Springfield.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and a local nonprofit organization is a lifeline for survivors of sexual assault, as the only certified rape crisis center for Duval, Baker and Nassau counties.

A recent study by professors at the University of North Florida say Jacksonville’s water quality ranks poorly among residents.


Broadway legend Audra McDonald will perform with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus Sunday night at the Times-Union Center.

The University of North Florida will face a major change next year, after its longest serving president announced his retirement last week.

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Local organizations are joining forces to help the youngest and most vulnerable homeless people of the First Coast.

The cast of the Broadway and classic film “Show Boat” is performing at the Alhambra Theatre through April 2.

 It’s the little things in life that matter the most, like sno-cones. That’s what local author Abby Vega talks about in her memoir “Sno-Cone Diaries: A Sweet Route to Happiness.”

A Florida house budget panel recently voted against funding an economic development agency as well as the state’s tourism bureau.

Mission House is being recognized by Jacksonville as the only day facility meeting the needs of the homeless by offering assistance at an individual level. It will host a community open house and tour Saturday, in honor of their 20th anniversary of service to the Beaches area.

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What started off as a grin quickly turned into goosebumps.

Bestselling children’s author R.L. Stine joined First Coast Connect by phone Friday to discuss his top-selling children’s series "Goosebumps." Stine will also speak at the Amelia Island Book Festival in Fernandina Beach on Saturday. The event is sold out.


Stine said the launch of his Goosebumps empire in 1992 happened unexpectedly.


Jacksonville’s Grammy-winning R&B band Tedeschi Trucks, led by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, will be the opening act to debut Daily’s Place, the new 5,500 seat amphitheater at EverBank Field scheduled to open this summer.

Former Central Intelligence Agency operative and local author T. L. Williams said government leaders are overlooking a national security threat.

After “Joanne the Scammer crashed” the MTV Video Music Awards last year, a few people on the internet wondered who she is. Since then, 25-year-old Branden Miller took over social media with his creation of internet personality on Youtube, “Joanne the Scammer.”

February is American Heart Month, and Baptist Health is joining with the American Heart Association for its “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign, where mothers at each Baptist hospital in Jacksonville receive a red hat for their baby to raise awareness of heart disease.

Interest in football is growing, especially among a female audience. A recent study found a 33 percent increase in women who watch regular season NFL football games — and the level of their interest isn’t stopping there, said Kim Brown, coach of Jacksonville's only all-woman football team.

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Jacksonville has been ranked as having one of the worst dating scenes in the country, according to the latest studies and statistics of WalletHub, a personal finance website.

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Protests at airports around the country occurred this weekend, after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspending all refugee admission for 120 days.

In 2015 and 2016, all 20 actors nominated for the Oscars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the lead and supporting acting categories were white, inspiring the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite by April Reign.

The Jacksonville Symphony will present “Violins of Hope” this weekend, a concert started by Amnon Weinstein, featuring 16 violins he recovered and restored from the Holocaust.

Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke “started off as two guys playing toy instruments in the basement” in Jacksonville. Now, the duo is the internationally acclaimed musical act, the Melodica Men.

Buono and Clarke joined host Melissa Ross Monday on First Coast Connect for a live studio performance.

The Downtown Art Walk returns to Jacksonville’s urban core Feb. 1 with a special theme of peace and love. Downtown Vision Inc. CEO says to not be afraid to take part in the Wednesday night event despite recent shootings.

Darryl Daniels, a Navy veteran who served 24 years with the JSO, is the first African-American to be sworn in as Clay County’s new Sheriff. He replaces the retiring Rick Beesler.

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The Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus features its first female ringmaster center stage just months before announcing the iconic circus will shut down this spring after 146 years.

The Alhambra Theatre is kicking off its 50th anniversary season with “Come Blow Your Horn,” the first-ever production performed at the theater.