Mackenzie Guiry

WJCT News 2021 summer intern

Mackenzie Guiry is a senior multimedia journalism major at the University of North Florida. She spent her first two years of college at Florida Atlantic University.

At Florida Atlantic University, she wrote for the school paper, The University Press, where she covered campus events and did long-form feature stories. She also completed a copywriting and public relations study abroad program in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

After graduation, she hopes to move to New York to pursue a career in radio and podcasting with a focus on covering film, pop culture and current events.

Gov. Ron DeSantis puts on his mask as he leaves a news conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Miami.
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COVID cases have surged in Florida in the past few weeks amid a plateau of vaccination rates and the spread of the Delta variant.  

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We devoted today’s Media Roundtable to the surge in COVID cases in Northeast Florida and around the state and how local officials and Gov. Ron DeSantis are handling it.

The panelists were: 

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his proposed budget for the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year to the Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday.
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has presented his proposed budget for the city, which has re-ignited a debate about how the city's money should be spent.

A new study says on average someone would have to earn $24.90 per hour to rent a modest two-bedroom home on no more than 30% of their pay. That's far more than the federal minimum wage.
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The National Low Income Housing Coalition has released its annual outreach report, which found that affordable housing is out of reach for many Americans. 

In this June 22, 2021, file photo prepped COVID-19 vaccine filled syringes are at ready for use at a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., prior to a visit by first Lady Jill Biden, as part of the Biden administration's
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The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida has nearly doubled since last week.

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The Friday Media Roundtable covered these top stories from the First Coast: 

Prepped COVID-19 vaccine filled syringes are at ready for use at a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.
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Florida's COVID-19 numbers have been facing a sharp rise, and the surge in infections is linked to the arrival of the new Delta variant. 

Donna Deegan takes the stage to campaign for Andrew Gillum on Oct. 22, 2018, at a Jacksonville rally.
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First Coast News anchor, and marathon founder Donna Deegan, one of Duval County's most prominent Democrats, is strongly considering running for Jacksonville mayor. 

Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., is running for the U.S. Senate in 2022.
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Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings is hoping to take on Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the 2022 election. 

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This week’s Friday Media Roundtable covered these top stories on the First Coast:

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A partnership between the Kids Hope Alliance and the State Attorney's Office for the Fourth Judicial Court has resulted in the transfer of Juvenile Diversion Programming to the Kids Hope Alliance, which is a child welfare agency. 

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President Joe Biden arrived this week in Surfside, where he met with the first responders and families affected by the Champlain Towers collapse and pledged that the federal government will pick up 100% of the costs of the response to the collapse. 

Gov. DeSantis' bill challenging social media platforms was shot down
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The Friday media roundtable covered these stories affecting the First Coast:

A woman wearing a protective mask watches television in her home.
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As the pandemic enters its 16th month amid increased vaccination rates and the spread of the Delta variant, people are confused as to whether they need to continue to wear masks.

The site of the former Jacksonville Landing.
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After the demolition of The Jacksonville Landing, at least some public park space at Riverfront Plaza looks to be in Downtown Jacksonville's future.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center left, and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, center right, arrive for a news conference near the scene where a wing of a 12-story beachfront condo building collapsed, Thursday, June 24, 2021, in the Surfside area of Miami
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Early Thursday morning, part of the 12-story Champlain Towers South in Surfside, near Miami Beach, collapsed.  

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On today’s Friday Media Roundtable we discussed these topics affecting the First Coast: 

This rendering illustrates a Four Seasons hotel and office building that is part of the 1st Downtown Jacksonville plan.
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Earlier this week, Jaguars owner Shad Khan made a fresh pitch for his plan to redevelop the Shipyards.

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International Yoga Day is June 21, and First Coast yoga and meditation instructor Dan Nevins wants people to know that yoga is for “every body.”

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The arrival of the Delta COVID-19 variant may pose a threat to the slow reintroduction to normal life that we have gotten used to, as it is expected to become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States.

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Florida residents, more so than in any other state, are facing criminal charges for their participation in the January 6 Capitol insurrection. According to a USA Today analysis, about 1 in 10 people charged for the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol have been Floridians. The charges range from being in an unauthorized area to conspiracy and assault of a police officer.

This screengrab from video shows a past Orange Crush festival event
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On today's Friday Media Roundtable we covered these stories from the First Coast:

This screengrab from video shows a past Orange Crush festival event.
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This weekend's upcoming Orange Crush Festival is generating some controversy among the Beaches community.

Nikki Fried, Democratic candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, speaks during a campaign rally, in Miami on Nov. 2, 2019.
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Agricultural Commissioner and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried joined us to discuss her campaign, during which she has been highly critical of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Some Businesses Are Struggling To Find People To Fill Positions
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More jobs are returning to Florida as the pandemic-induced recession - which put thousands out of work - comes to an end. However, many companies say that they are having a hard time finding people to fill them.

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On today's Friday Media Roundtable we covered these stories from the First Coast:

this rendering illustrates the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences the Jaguars are proposing to build.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars will be holding town hall-style meetings called Community Huddles to promote their new plan for the Shipyards and sports complex area of Jacksonville, which is dubbed 1st Downtown Jacksonville. 

Sean Shaw is the founder of People Over Profit
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Three new ballot initiatives that will help make it easier for Floridians to vote have been proposed. The initiatives are being led by former State Representative and founder of People Over ProfitsSean Shaw

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Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried, who announced her run for governor this week, joined us.

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