Madison Roberts


Madison Roberts is a senior, studying multimedia journalism at the University of North Florida.

Her interest in radio broadcasting began her freshman year, when she produced a weekly live hour for Spinnaker Radio, UNF’s on campus radio station. 

She is ready to gain more experience in radio broadcasting as a WJCT Intern.

A spilled pill bottle of hydrocodone.
Recovery Concepts / FLICKR

New data shows the extent of the nation’s opioid crisis and the major role Florida played in it. 

Duval County Public Schools headquarters
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Friday on the First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at the top stories of the week, including:

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UF Health North will close its birth center on Wednesday, July 31.

Jacksonville skyline
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT NEWS

In the past year, Jacksonville’s unemployment rate has decreased from 3.7% to 3.5%. 

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Last week, a Florida appellate court ruled that the system set up for distributing medical marijuana in Florida is unconstitutional. This could be considered a victory for cannabis growers and sellers throughout the state.

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis was at First Coast High School Monday morning to talk about her initiative to help improve mental health in schools.

Oregon Department of Transportation / FLICKR

Local homeowners and businesses in Jacksonville and Neptune Beach are the latest groups to form a solar co-op. 

Heather Schatz / WJCT

Friday on the First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at the top stories of the week including:


On the Fourth of July, a video broadcast by WJXT news partner News4Jax, showed a white JSO officer slamming a black suspect’s head into the pavement. 

Heather Schatz / WJCT

Seth Owen has become a Jacksonville's LGBTQ icon. But before that he was shunned from his family for being gay, faced homelessness and couldn't pay for college, even though he was accepted to Georgetown University. 

Paul Scott / V For Victory

A Jacksonville pizza chain has started a nonprofit to support families coping with cancer. And now, V Pizza is raffling off a car as part of its charity to help the families. 

Patrice Ross / Visit Jacksonville

As America celebates the 243rd anniversary of its independence, communities across the First Coast are marking the occasion and long holiday weekend with fireworks and festivities.

The Humane Society of the United States

After almost being slaughtered by a South Korean meat farm, 15 dogs arrived safely at the Nassau Humane Society in Fernandina Beach on Monday morning. 


A new fire station opened near the Cecil Airport Friday.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

As Democratic presidential canidates prepare for the 2020 primary debates in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday nights, 74 medical and public health groups are pushing candiates to make commitments to help fight against climate change. The groups are framing climate change as a public health emergency.

University of North Florida

Eight students from Duval County Schools have been awarded the Holmes Scholarship to support under-represented groups pursuing a career in education.

Florida Highway Patrol

There were 232 traffic-related deaths and over 32,000 traffic accidents in Duval, Clay Nassau and St. Johns County in 2017.

Ability Housing


A new report says affordable housing is out of reach for millions of Americans.


Madison Roberts

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Wednesday that will allow insurance companies to offer incentives to patients who use a database to find lower-cost healthcare services.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

JTA plans to increase fares for fixed-route buses, the First Coast Connect Flyer, the St. Johns River Ferry and ReadiRide services. If its proposal is approved, fares will increase by up to $35 or as little as 25 cents, depending on the service. 

Health needs illustration
Alex Proimos / Flickr Creative Commons

A new study released Friday found access to health care services is the top health need in Northeast Florida.

City of Jacksonville

Hot weather, hot music and an extra day off for many adds up to plenty of entertainment opportunities across the First Coast over the Memorial Day weekend. 


Hurricane season begins on June, but the first named storm of the season, Andrea, has already formed in the Atlantic.

Provided by Jacksonville International Airport

Brooks Brothers and Brighton Collectibles, located in the Jacksonville International Airport, will be cutting their square footage and combining their stores into one location as the airport scales down its retail square footage to attract more food and beverage tenants.