Lindsey Kilbride

Special Projects Producer

Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.

As a WJCT News journliast since 2015, Lindsey also took home national and state honors including Reporter of the Year and Best Arts Reporting for her wide-ranging audio storytelling. Lindsey reported on everything from LGBT rights to education and local music.  

Before joining WJCT, Lindsey completed the radio documentary program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. She also has a degree in multimedia journalism from the University of North Florida.

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The Allman Brothers Band was one of the most critically admired and commercially successful rock groups of the 1970s and beyond. Although many of the band’s best songs were created in Jacksonville, VOIDCAST host Matt Shaw argues the band is wildly underappreciated locally. 


Large groups of protestors are still showing up to Northeast Florida demonstrations, with more scheduled this week. 

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Long before Brian Dawkins landed a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he was playing for Duval County’s William M. Raines High School. Now he wants Jacksonville teens to know about a free online mental health course.

The “Brian Dawkins Values Program - Owning Your Cerebral Wellness” initiative is aimed at grades 8-10.

Lindsey looks into where the sphere really is. And will she ever get to talk to Gerri?

Odd Ball is made possible by supporters of WJCT Public Media, with additional support from Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

Respected scientists come to different conclusions about the sphere’s behavior and origin. Today, more scientists weigh in with their own theories and questions. Lindsey begins exploring another shocking twist.

Odd Ball is made possible by supporters of WJCT Public Media, with additional support from Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

As the attention surrounding the "Betz Sphere" continues to grow,  so do the theories behind its origin and the number of investigations. The family even claims a famous scientist insisted on sleeping in the same room as the ball. People Gerri confided in tell tales of seemingly sinister behavior by some of the investigators. 

Odd Ball is made possible by supporters of WJCT Public Media, with additional support from Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

Gerri Betz was known in Jacksonville as a strong community leader and entrepreneur who happened to live in a beautiful castle with her husband and kids and the family dog. When a metal sphere lands on her property and disrupts that life, she talks to reporters about it for many weeks — but suddenly stops. Who is Gerri Betz? Can she be trusted?

Odd Ball is made possible by supporters of WJCT Public Media, with additional support from Bold Bean Coffee Roasters.

In 1974 a metal sphere was discovered on a prominent family’s property in Jacksonville, Florida.  What at first was a mere curiosity soon seemed more otherworldly as, witnesses say, it rolled around on its own. A media frenzy erupted as the ball sparked interest from the Navy and nationally renowned scientists. The obsession with the mysterious ball ultimately silenced the family.

Odd Ball is made possible by supporters of WJCT Public Media, with additional support from Bold Bean Coffee Roasters. 

Odd Ball Trailer

Sep 13, 2019

Odd Ball is a story about a UFO investigation, a mansion in the woods and how one shiny object sent a Jacksonville, Florida family into hiding. Each week host Lindsey Kilbride dives deeper into the 1974 mystery of the “Betz sphere.”

Odd Ball is made possible by supporters of WJCT Public Media, with additional support from Bold Bean Coffee Roasters. If you want to hear the entire series, you can binge all the episodes right now. Go to, and for a $20 contribution you can get the All-Access Pass.

Florida National Guard soldiers going door to door in the Jacksonville area around Ortega Island following Hurricane Irma, Sept. 11, 2017.
The National Guard

A photo album of Hurricane Irma could include shots of waves splashing the statue in Riverside’s Memorial Park, homes fully submerged in Black Creek, and the aftermath of flooded homes in San Marco and along the Northside’s Ribault River.

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About two years ago, the Northwest Jacksonville community of Ken Knight Drive experienced flooding like it had never seen before. Several feet of water spilled into homes from the nearby Ribault River during Hurricane Irma. 

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As Jacksonville prepares for the effects of Hurricane Dorian starting Tuesday night into Wednesday, Mayor Lenny Curry said residents who planned to evacuate should already be gone. And if you’re not, shelter in place. 

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is warning against getting complacent as Hurricane Dorian on Tuesday morning is forecast to pass off shore slightly more eastward than before. Florida Public Radio Emergency Network meteorologists warn that track can still change, like Hurricane Matthew’s did in 2016, wobbling closer to the First Coast than projected. 

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With mandatory evacuations ordered up and down the First Coast, people are being asked to check their evacuation zone. But some people don’t have one. 

The pier is pictured in the background at St. Augustine Beach.

St. Johns County emergency officials are asking residents living on barrier islands to be patient as there could likely be bridge closures while Hurricane Dorian makes it way northward.

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The Clay County School district has been given approval from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI to start forming its own police department.

Kompheak and Louna were kids when their family escaped the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Older brother Louna has had frequent nightmares where he relives watching his brother die. His younger sister Kompheak struggles with having been too young to remember.

Silvia, who was an undocumented immigrant for over a decade, talks to her lawyer and friend Andrea about being brought to the U.S. as a child and fearing deportation. Andrea helped Silvia get a green card against great odds.

Mary, a 64-year-old with an intellectual disability, opens up to 25-year-old Claire about times she’s been treated differently. Claire shares what’s she’s learned living in a group home as someone without a disability.

It took almost a whole decade for Antwoine to realize he was experiencing depression, something he says isn’t talked about enough among African-Americans. He and his wife Tiffany reflect on 10 years of marriage and the multiple stillbirths they’ve endured.

4. David and Adam

Jan 31, 2019

Army veterans David and Adam fought in Iraq when Adam was a 19-year-old soldier and David was his sergeant. David has a major regret. Adam deals with psychological and physical scars.

Anunnaki, who was born intersex, was raised as a female, the gender his parents chose. Annunaki and James’ marriage survived Anunnaki’s transition to living as a man — how he identifies — and James’ adjustment to life as a gay man.

Jessica — a mom of three teenage daughters — and Winter, her free-spirited 17-year-old, talk about body image, peer pressure and boys. Winter says she’s been taken advantage of by the opposite sex. Jessica shares her own struggles, including the difficulties of being a parent.

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A political action committee linked to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is throwing jabs at his top mayoral competitor Anna Lopez Brosche with a negative TV ad that started airing in late December, before she filed to run against him.

Patricia and her son talk about her addiction and how it affected both their lives. Now sober, Patricia still deals with the guilt of her actions as an addict and speaks about her ultimate test of sobriety. Her son Rod developed his own coping mechanism.

"What It's Like" is a WJCT podcast where people share just that: What it's like to go through life-changing experiences. We're starting with some of the most compelling conversations the national story-archiving nonprofit StoryCorps recorded in Jacksonville and then diving deeper into the stories behind those conversations. Some people are still figuring things out. Others have come out the other side. All of them share what it's like.

In Florida, if someone claims to be eligible to vote, but their voting status can’t be confirmed at the voting precinct, it’s likely they’ll be handed what’s called a provisional ballot.


Amendment 6, also known as Marsy’s Law passed Tuesday.  Click here for the results.

Duval County’s three school board races were decided Tuesday. Elizabeth Andersen, Darryl Willie and Charlotte Joyce will take seats on the seven-member board.


Daylight saving time means folks get an extra hour of sleep, but in Jacksonville it also means they’re not allowed to water their grass as much.