Melissa Ross

Talk Show Host/Producer

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. 

In addition to hosting First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, she also co-hosts the weekly Florida Roundup, which airs Fridays on NPR stations across the state.

Her many accolades include a fellowship with the Metcalf Institute Science Immersion Workshop, where she learned hands on about the science of climate change. 

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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Publix will now allow some of its workers to wear personal protective equipment while on duty, Maria Brous, director of communications for the grocer, told WJCT News in an email.


Health care workers are among those on the front lines of the coronavius outbreak. As more of them start to become sick, they're starting to speak out about the risks they're facing and asking for changes to working conditions in hospitals.

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Public pressure continues to mount for accountability and a thorough investigation into JEA's senior leadership and the now-halted negotiations to sell the public utility along with a controversial employee bonus plan that would have paid millions to top brass in the event of a sale.


The chair of the Duval County Democratic Party said Tuesday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross he’s seriously considering starting a recall petition against Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.

Whether you like to shop for holiday gifts online or in-store, we've got you covered this season with a curated selection of locally produced gift ideas that will delight your friends and family, and also help support the First Coast small business community.

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Mak Kapetanovic is a 22-year-old, well-spoken, mild-mannered University of North Florida student. He's also a former white supremacist who's now devoted to deprogramming other young men like himself.

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Three high-profile Jacksonville lawyers representing the Duval County School Board say their goal is simple.


While he hasn't supported impeachment yet, North Florida Congressman Al Lawson says a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the matter is likely to happen soon.

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Duval County Public Schools Board Chair Lori Hershey said Wednesday she believes the City of Jacksonville's controversial involvement in the school board's struggle to get a half-cent sales tax referendum on the ballot this fall "feels more like extortion, as well as being held hostage."

UF Health

UF Health Jacksonville hospital recently underwent a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) study from the Urban Land Institute.

Florida Children's Week

Children’s Week in Tallahassee is an annual event in which legislators, policy makers, business leaders and child advocates from across the state come together to focus on the needs of kids.

Flooding at Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach during Hurricane Irma.
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The City of Atlantic Beach is proactively addressing sea level rise and climate adaptation by developing a coastal vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan. 

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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


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.


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.

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Progressives are on the march within the Democratic Party.

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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.

Fanatics started as a small Jacksonville firm. Over the years it has built a global business in online sports retail. But now the firm faces a major obstacle.

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Jacksonville At-Large Group 1 City Councilwoman Anna Lopez Brosche first floated the possibility that she might run for mayor several months ago during an appearance on First Coast Connect. She was City Council President at the time.

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Here’s a reminder: if you live in Duval County it is officially illegal to shoot off fireworks. Unofficially of course, thousands of people will do it anyway.

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The largest survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex adults ever conducted in Northeast Florida finds 74.5 percent of LGBTI respondents have experienced “everyday discrimination,” such as being disrespected, threatened or harassed.