Melissa Ross

Host/Producer, "First Coast Connect"

First Coast Connect host Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting. 

She also co-hosts The Florida Roundup, which airs on NPR stations across the state.

As executive producer of The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the documentary category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital.

WJCT’s First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross has received multiple national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. for best call-in program.

Prior to joining WJCT, Melissa spent three years in the corporate communications field at Jacksonville’s Dalton Agency. During her stint at Dalton, she was cast in the HBO film "Recount" playing — what else? — a reporter!

Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Communications.

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Flooding at Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach during Hurricane Irma.
City of Atlantic Beach

The City of Atlantic Beach is proactively addressing sea level rise and climate adaptation by developing a coastal vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan. 

Lindsay Fox / Wikimedia Commons

A new “State of Tobacco Control” report from the American Lung Association concludes there has been a 78 percent increase in high school e-cigarette use over the last year.

Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

The city’s newly-formed Task Force on Safety and Crime Reduction recently had its first meeting.

City of Jacksonville

After 32 years of one traditional event honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - this year, there will be two MLK celebrations in Jacksonville Friday, instead of one.

If this unusually warm winter weather has you thinking about climate change, you’re not alone.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Some City Council members are raising the alarm about JEA’s process for selecting a new CEO.

Melissa Ross / WJCT News

It's a modern alternative to a hard seawall that can soften the impact of strong storms and rising seas due to a warming planet.

Ryan Johnson / Wikimedia Commons

In recent years, a series of controversial police-involved shootings have led to calls for greater police accountability through the use of body cameras.

Left: U.S. House, Right: Kevin Meerschaert/WJCT News

Attorney Ges Selmont of Ponte Vedra Beach is the Democrat trying to unseat incumbent Republican Congressman John Rutherford.

ROBERT TORBERT

It’s an enlightening - and alarming - explanation of the climate challenge we face here in Florida and around the world. Author Jeff Nesbit claims climate change is no far-off threat. It’s here now.

WJCT

Ken Burns has used his camera lens to tell the essential tales of American history, from westward expansion and the dust bowl to the history of Jazz and the Vietnam War.

Left: Andrew Gillum's Facebook page, Right: Associated Press

Progressives are on the march within the Democratic Party.

Samantha Melamed/Philly.com / Via Associated Press

Inmates across America are on strike- inside their prisons - demanding an end to what they say is torture and abuse.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT News

Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown says he’s confident of an upset victory, even though polls show incumbent Congressman Al Lawson leading in Florida's 5th Congressional District race.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT News

Dr. Diana Greene has been on the job for a month now as Duval County's new superintendent, coming to Jacksonville after a stint leading the school system in Manatee County, Florida.

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