Katherine Hobbs

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Katherine Hobbs is joining WJCT as an assistant producer of talk shows following her internship at WJCT in May 2020. 

Born in London, Katherine has lived across the United States since 2001 with the First Coast serving as her home base. Her bylines include Jacksonville MagazineAutism Parenting MagazineEU JacksonvilleExclamation! Magazine, and others. 

Katherine grew up listening to WJCT and is thrilled to begin her broadcast career with her favorite NPR affiliate station.

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At Tuesday night’s Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Board meeting, parents rallied and school board members heard intense public comments.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest COVID-19 data confirms Florida’s place as the epicenter for the current wave. According to federal data, Florida broke a previous record for current hospitalizations with 10,207 on Sunday, just one day after it recorded the most new daily COVID cases, 21,683, since the start of the pandemic.

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COVID-19 infections are rising in Florida and hospitals are filling up with patients sick with the Delta variant. Public hospitals serve a large portion of the 9,000 people currently hospitalized, with numbers rising daily.

Justin Senior, CEO of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, joined us on the program to discuss why so many people are ill and how public hospitals are coping.

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Today’s Media Roundtable was all about COVID-19 on the First Coast. We discussed masks in schools, business’ rights, hospitals' reaching capacity, and the politicization of the virus.

Across the First Coast, ICUs are overwhelmed with patients admitting with COVID-19, a large number of them unvaccinated. This week, the Jacksonville Civic Council (JCC) launched a new campaign called Get the Facts Jax aimed at increasing the city’s vaccination rate.

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Florida seniors continue to face problems as they try to make appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Florida leaders say they are working hard to vaccinate seniors and other residents, but the state's pandemic response has come under criticism. In turn, Florida officials are pointing fingers at the federal government over a slowdown in the supply of vaccines.

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

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COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise locally and statewide, as concerns continue to grow over the vaccine's rollout.

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Physicians and public officials warn infection rates and death tolls are still rising, despite the arrival of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine and likely approval of the Moderna vaccine, so Floridians need to keep masking up.

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

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As the pandemic blazes on, more than 50 million people in America are facing food insecurity - including thousands here in Northeast Florida.

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This week, health care workers begin receiving the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Two doeses are required for maximum effectiveness.

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The first round of COVID-19 vaccines could be administered here in Florida next week.

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

Flooding in San Marco is pictured in this file photo.
SHERRY KROL

The South often gets the Hollywood treatment, but movies often get the region wrong.

World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.

Wayne Hogan, President of the Terrell Hogan personal injury and wrongful death law firm, is speaking out to protect children from dangerous toys this holiday season. 

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases have continued to rise around the state, surpassing one million infections this week. Despite these numbers, Governor Ron DeSantis says Florida schools will stay open for the rest of the year.

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

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The Jacksonville City Council continued to review Shad Khan’s controversial Lot J proposal Thursday.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says that Devon Gregory died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but the Southern Poverty Law Center is demanding an independent federal investigation into the 18-years-old’s death. The group, and other activists have been calling for more transparency and accountability in examining the police shootings of African Americans.

Cars lined up for COVID-19 testing.
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Colleges are working hard to control the spread of COVID-19. But how will the vector of college students on the move this Thanksgiving weekend impact the pandemic, both on campus and off?

What can we say about a year unlike any other? 2020 will forever be known for a divisive election, the toll of coronavirus, and economic hard times. Many are glad this challenging year is nearly over. But while a global pandemic and deep recession have changed all of our lives, one thing that hasn’t changed is the joy of the holiday season and the enduring spirit of giving.

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The pressure is on. Jacksonville lawmakers and residents have a lot to say ahead of the City Council’s vote on whether or not to approve or deny Shad Khan’s request for taxpayer funding for his proposed Lot J development.

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As Florida refines its plan to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov Ron DeSantis is facing criticism for his handling of the pandemic.

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

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As the COVID-19 pandemic spikes in many parts of the country, reports in recent days show consumers are hoarding at local stores, especially items like toilet paper. This trend is reminiscent of the panic buying we experienced at the start of the pandemic.

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Thousands of children across the First Coast are learning remotely on Duval Homeroom, the Duval County Public Schools virtual learning platform. However, some are concerned that it could come to an end in January.

GOV. RON DESANTIS TRANSITION TEAM

COVID-19 numbers are, once again, on the rise across Florida. This week, more than 5,000 Floridians received positive test results every day — the highest numbers since early August.

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