Karen Feagins

Chief Operating Officer

Karen  found her home in public broadcasting after working for several  years as a commercial television reporter. She joined WJCT in 2005 as the host of 89.9 FM’s Morning Edition and has held many different roles at the station in both radio and television. She has written and produced documentaries including Beluthahatchee: The Legacy of Stetson Kennedy and Jacksonville Beach: Against the Tide and directed the oral history project, Voices of the First Coast.

Karen holds a degree in broadcast journalism from The University of Missouri and lives in Jacksonville with her two daughters.

Ways to Connect

WNYC

As a valued WJCT listener, we want you to know about some upcoming changes to our program schedule.

Beginning Jan. 23, listeners will hear expanded news/talk programming in the evenings on 89.9 WJCT.

Sherry Spearman

Creatives: This is a perfect opportunity for someone who wants to tell the stories of a burgeoning city.

WJCT is hiring a Producer/Director with a focus on television and digital projects and some crossover with our radio team.

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The Jacksonville Public Library wants residents to submit their questions for City Council candidates. Debates are planned at four area libraries April 20 for candidates who advance to the General Election.

First Coast News

WJCT Public Broadcasting is partnering with First Coast News and The Florida Times-Union to provide voters with a comprehensive look at the 2015 mayor's race. 

The following are live updates from Election Day 2014.

The results of the August primary election and its historically low voter turnout are making news this week.

Peter Haden / WJCT

UPDATE 10:12

From reporter Rhema Thompson:

With 53 percent of the vote, Paula Wright will remain in office as District 4 School Board Member for another four years. She beat challenger Darryl Willie by about 740 votes.

District 4 seat oversees much of the so-called “transformation region” of Duval County, home to some of the district’s lowest performing schools and the focus of several privately funded efforts to turn them around.

 

Al Letson, host of the national NPR program State of the Re:Union and WJCT's Freestyle, traveled to Ferguson along with Florida Times-Union reporter Topher Sanders. Letson says there is a "gap in understanding" there.

News4Jax

Tallahassee Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said Wednesday that he will soon make a decision in the lawsuit over Florida’s Congressional district maps.

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In a closely watched issue for local food truck owners and fans, drafted legislation for Jacksonville’s food truck ordinance will go before City Council committees this week.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Saturday the Jacksonville Jaguars will unveil what the team is calling the world's largest video boards.

Clay Hackett

After a Jacksonville artist was arrested for painting city-owned utility boxes, the city could soon consider legislation that would pay artists to do the same thing.

Melissa Ross / WJCT

The case of the artist known as Keith Haring's Ghost, who was arrested for painting utility boxes in Jacksonville, was resolved on Monday without a conviction according to his attorney.

Emily Long / WJCT

Homeowners thinking about overhauling their yards or patios can conserve while they renovate by using existing spaces to create new looks.

Steven Raichlen/Primal Grill

Over the past few decades more and more men have gotten into the kitchen, including culinary writer and public television host Steven Raichlen.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

As rail transportation grows in popularity throughout Florida, what are the prospects for passenger rail on the First Coast?

Jacksonville Jaguars

New pool and party cabanas, field seats and other premium seating options at EverBank Field are all part of the Jacksonville Jaguars' strategy to bring in more revenue without raising ticket prices across the board.

Team President Mark Lamping said the Jaguars have some of the lowest ticket prices in the NFL.

"We have to find other ways to increase our average ticket price, and do it in a way that it doesn't disrupt or give any of our fans a disincentive to come to Jaguars games," he said.

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Last fall, the Dover Quartet won not only the grand prize, but all three special prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. 

Pete Souza / Official White House Photo

President Obama has taken executive action to address the rising cost of student loan debt.

Karen Feagins / WJCT

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, along with Mayor Alvin Brown, City Councilwoman Denise Lee and other city leaders, revealed at a Tuesday press conference the details of an anti-crime initiative called Operation Ceasefire, which began at the start of May.

Karen Feagins / WJCT

Monday was big day in WJCT history as CEO Michael Boylan joined partners from PBS stations across the country in cutting the ribbon on a new Network Operations Center in Jacksonville.

Republican Party of Florida

Peter Rummell, the powerful fundraiser who backed Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown's successful campaign in 2011, has publicly broken from the mayor.

Rummell told the editorial board for the Florida-Times Union this week that Brown "doesn’t know how to manage… he has no courage… he’s wimped out.”

Rummell has now said that he will support Florida GOP chairman,  Lenny Curry in the 2015 mayoral election. Curry told Florida Republican Party leaders Thursday that he was stepping down as state chair.

State legislators take on the zombie apocalypse in this week's edition of ONLY IN FLORIDA.

Lucy Gray / Flickr

As the number of charter schools in Florida grows, how well are these schools performing?

A new event begins Thursday night that brings together food trucks, farmers and artists in an attempt to bring people to downtown Jacksonville in the evenings.

North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition

Electric cars are no longer a thing of the future. More people are driving plug-in cars, even in Jacksonville.

Troy Cryder / NASA

We’re called the Sunshine State, but does Florida do enough to harness solar energy?

Karen Feagins

A Jacksonville developer has plans to turn the historic Barnett building in downtown Jacksonville into an innovation center which he believes will be a hub for the startup scene in the Southeastern United States.

The 18-story building will house the international headquarters for One Spark, an expanded Cowork Jacksonville and the business accelerator KYN, according to Steve Atkins, Managing Director of Southeast Development Group.

Generation W Profiles is a series highlighting influential women. The project is a collaborative effort between WJCT and the Generation W Women’s Leadership Conference, which is scheduled for April 4, 2014.

Gerri Elliott is Executive Vice President and Strategic Advisor to the CEO of Juniper Networks.

University of Florida

The University of Florida  men's basketball team is still moving forward in the big dance. Cole Pepper joined Karen Feagins on First Coast Connect to talk March Madness and more in our weekly sports wrap.

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