Michelle Corum

Host, "Morning Edition" & Manager, Radio Reading Service

Michelle Corum joined WJCT as "Morning Edition" host in 2012 and brought with her more than 10 years of experience as an announcer and reporter for public radio stations in Lawrence, Kansas, and Interlochen, Michigan.

Her news and feature stories have aired on NPR and the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, and her anchoring and reporting have been recognized for numerous broadcasting awards, including the Florida AP Broadcasters Best Radio Newscast (large market) of 2015 and 2017.

Michelle earned a Master of Science in Administration (MSA) degree from Central Michigan University in 2000 and holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Troy State University in Alabama.

Michelle manages WJCT's Radio Reading Service for seeing-impaired listeners.  She is also on the adjunct faculty of American Public University where she teaches communication courses online.

Ways to Connect

For rent sign
Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

People who’ve fallen behind on their rent have a little more time in their homes, since a federal eviction moratorium has been extended to the end of January.

Barn decorated with colorful "celestial farms" lettering
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

A farm animal rescue on Jacksonville’s Northside that depends on donations is in danger of closing because of the pandemic. 

The nonprofit Celestial Farms animal sanctuary recently needed to refinance its property — a challenge in an already lean year, as people stopped booking events like weddings. 

Near Jacksonville’s airport, Celestial Farms is home to more than 200 rescue animals, including a cow, horses, goats, rabbits, chickens and pigs. Visitors can also take classes at the farm about nature, gardening and the humane treatment of animals – and even camp on site.

WUSF

State Attorney Melissa Nelson and her office are being recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice.   

The North Florida Land Trust is planning to buy land that includes part of American Beach's dune system.
NORTH FLORIDA LAND TRUST

The nonprofit North Florida Land Trust has contracted to buy and preserve three parcels of land in historic American Beach in Nassau County.

U.S. Army veteran and program participant Ryan McGrath (left) gives a tour of the IFAS Gulf Coast Research And Education Center.
Veterans Florida

A Veterans Florida program is getting a $745,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to give veterans experience planning, planting and harvesting.

Over three years, the USDA grant will pay for intense six-month-long fellowships in Florida for about 30 military veterans transitioning to civilian life.

Joe Marino is with Veterans Florida and says the vets may work on a ranch or citrus research farm.  He says many are looking for purpose-driven work in their community. 

Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville is the first in our area to offer a robot-assisted procedure for patients with lung nodules. The high-tech bronchoscopy is a step forward in lung cancer treatment.

UF Health Jacksonville hospital
UF Health Jacksonville

Five Florida hospitals, including UF Health Jacksonville, will be centers to store and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

Jacksonville City Council President Scott Wilson
News4Jax

Jacksonville City Council committee meetings have been canceled through next week due to Councilman Scott Wilson’s COVID-19 diagnosis, and that means the timeline considering Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s proposed Lot J project has been pushed back.

water in foreground, with grasses and sky behind
Fish Island Preserve

A new public park is expected to open by the end of year, now that the City of St. Augustine is responsible for the upkeep of Fish Island Preserve.

Congressman John Rutherford  (R-FL4) and Democratic challenger Donna Deegan
News4Jax

Northeast Florida Republican Congressman John Rutherford  (R-FL4) and Democratic challenger Donna Deegan squared off in their only debate last night. 

Michelle Corum/WJCT News

The University of North Florida and Nemours children’s health system certified its first-ever students Friday in an animal therapy program called Assisted Dog and Pony Therapy (ADAPT).

Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

It was a low voter turnout primary here in Northeast Florida  with just over 25% of registered voters casting ballots in Duval County. Out of 637,753 registered voters, 161,837 people exercised their right to vote, according to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections.  

Copper Country Intermediate School District via AP

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville is building a cluster of tiny rental homes on the Westside, with money coming from philanthropist Delores Barr Weaver.

Provided by Lori Hershey

A new online petition is demanding a way for family members to visit their loved ones in Florida’s long-term care facilities. 

Michelle Corum/WJCT News

Crowd restrictions and physical distancing are causing some Jacksonville couples to scale back plans for their nuptials. They're opting for what one local event planner calls, "micro-weddings." 

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

With election dates coming up on August 18 and November 3, the Duval County Supervisor of Elections says his office ready for all voters, including those with blindness.

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

As the U.S. Supreme Court this week affirms landmark legal protections for LGBTQ Americans, Florida employers will have to adjust to the new ban on discrimination.

JEA's downtown headquarters building is pictured behind Jacksonville's City Hall.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

After an announcement that JEA would resume utility shutoffs in a month, Jacksonville City Council Member Garrett Dennis led a meeting Tuesday to discuss options for customers at risk of disconnection.

line of protesters with signs and fists in the air
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Jacksonville is under a mandatory citywide curfew overnight, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced early Sunday evening. 

Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

Attorneys for the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd are calling for justice in the recent high-profile deaths.

A view Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County's campus.
Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County

Some 59,000 pounds of non-perishable goods are going to local food pantries after two weekend food-drives this month in St. Johns County.

The USS Philippine Sea is pictured in this U.S. Navy file photo.
U.S. Navy

The captain of a guided missile cruiser based at Naval Station Mayport was relieved of command this week. 

City of Jacksonville / Via News4Jax

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says he’s spoken to Gov. Ron DeSantis and is prepared to gradually move into a Phase 2 Covid-19 response. 

Diners enjoy brunch Sunday at J. Alexander's at the St. Johns Town Center.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

As stay-at-home orders are lifted, many diners in Florida are waiting a bit to see how things go before determining if they feel safe returning to restaurants, according to a recent dining survey.

JTA

The first JTA bus arrived at the new Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla on Monday morning, just after 4 a.m.

MICHELLE CORUM / WJCT NEWS

Another 3.8 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total to more than 30 million applying for unemployment in the six weeks since COVID-19 started hammering the economy.

Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

Grammy-nominated gospel singer Troy Sneed of Fleming Island has died of complications from the coronavirus. 

Provided by Sydney Cook

It’s been a very untraditional year for high school seniors who have to stay at home and finish their classes online, due to the coronavirus.

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
CDC via AP

Baptist Health is collecting plasma from recovered coronavirus patients to treat current patients in the Jacksonville area.

Georgia-Pacific

If you’ve shopped for toilet paper in Northeast Florida these past few weeks, you might be feeling desperate as you encounter empty store shelves.

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