Mark Wray

Mark Wray is a WJCT News intern for summer 2018.

Mark is a senior at the University of North Florida and is majoring in communication. He loves the water and when not on or by the water, he enjoys riding his motorcycle. He loves photography and creating videos. Mark wants to mix his love of scuba diving with his passion for production. 

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November 11 will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and two Frenchmen have found a unique way to say thanks to the vintage motorcycle that helped liberate Europe.

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Florida has become the first state in the U.S. to see 100% adoption of a cashless payment solution for the state’s growing medical marijuana market.

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The Coming Out Monologues (COM) incorporates monologues created by First Coast community members telling their ‘coming out’ stories. It also has helped raise money for two local nonprofits.

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The conservation community has been fighting since 2015 against what they say is  the state legislature’s repeated misuse of the amendment funding, which was intended by voters to acquire and restore conservation lands.

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If your Dad is a big Motown fan, here’s an idea for Father’s Day: Dinner and a show featuring some of the greatest hits from the Motown era.  

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At least one Northside Jacksonville homeowner has been targeted in an apparent utility scam.

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Jacksonville audiences will soon have the chance to see a play that tells the story of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, who was beaten to death for being gay.

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Local historian Scott A. Grant has made a name for himself, educating the public on little known facts that have shaped this region.

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No. 6 Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles women's softball team is on its way to the championship round after avoiding elimination twice on Sunday. The Seminoles beat No. 3 University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) twice to earn a spot in the championship series for the first time in the school’s history.

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Friday is the start of 2018 hurricane season. This year, meteorologists predict a near-average hurricane season. Colorado State University expects have predicted 13 named storms, which includes, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).

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The green economy has generated $9.3 trillion of private investments worldwide since 2007.

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The Filipino community is Jacksonville’s largest immigrant group, according to our Florida Times-Union partner. However, many do not know about the sacrifices made by the group during WWII.

Local photographer Agnes Lopez joined First Coast Connect Tuesday to discuss her passion to preserve the culture with some compelling portraits.

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The president-elect of the American Medical Association and the president of the Florida Medical Association are opening the 2018 Future of Healthcare Conference Monday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

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The gap between rich and poor is having a big effect on real estate and America’s housing market. With a shrinking middle class and real estate, home ownership is slipping out of reach for millions of people in this country, according to a survey by Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors.

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Whether your mom is into golf, funk or art, there’s plenty to do around the First Coast this weekend.

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John Delaney will officially step down as president of the University of North Florida on May 30. He spoke on Wednesday’s First Coast Connect about some of his successes during his 15 years leading UNF.

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As with any other older adults, LGBT seniors face the typical challenges of aging, but because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, they are at a higher risk for abuse, isolation, discrimination and exploitation.

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City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche acknowledged that many supporters have urged her to run for mayor, and said  she is “keeping all options open” when it comes to her political future in Jacksonville.

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Michelle Calloway, one of the founders of Space 42 and the group’s first-ever artist in residence, Luisa Posada Bleier, talked about the work going on at a warehouse described as at the convergence of art and technology on Monday’s on First Coast Connect.

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John Grab, Manager of New Teacher Development at Teach For America (TFA) and Lynette Jean Alumna at TFA and Associate Director of Programs at Jacksonville Common Threads were on Wednesday’s First Coast Connect.

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The Jaguars are dedicating part of the North Deck at EverBank Field to Jacksonville’s military heritage as part of the stadium's overall rebranding to TIAA Bank Field.

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Hope McMath, former director of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, joined First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross on Wednesday for a look at a much edgier project that she is involved with.

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Representatives from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund have arrived in Jacksonville to conduct interviews concerning the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s enforcement of pedestrian tickets.

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President of Professional Employees Association (PEA) Randy Hilton, and the president of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Valerie Gutierrez  (IBEW) spoke out against the idea of selling JEA on Wednesday’s First Coast Connect.

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Monday on First Coast Connect, City Councilman Tommy Hazouri reflected on JEA CEO Paul McElroy's decision to step down from day-to-day operations on Friday.

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For years he’s been one of few voices in city leadership advocating the sale of JEA.

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April is the start of Sexual Assault Awareness month. Events are being held around Jacksonville throughout April to bring attention to the issue.