Patrick Cantin


Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.

He currently majors in communications with a concentration in production and works with  First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.

COVID-19 vaccine being administered.
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Misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine is prolific across social media platforms. One myth in particular is receiving extra attention from women concerned about their fertility.

Vanessa Arroyo receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot.
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Thursday the Biden Administration is expected to announce new vaccination requirements for federal employees and contractors.

File photo of an individual being tested for COVID in Florida.
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Across the First Coast there is a high demand for COVID tests, as people try to find out if they are positive with the rapidly spreading Delta variant of the virus.  

In this Jan. 19, 2021, photo, Robert Owens, 90, stands in line with other residents to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach.

On Wednesday, Mayor Lenny Curry and Jacksonville's top health officials urged the public to get vaccinated as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our area again. 

File photo of people waiting in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID is on the rise yet again. The Jacksonville area has recently become a hotspot for the virus, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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People across Florida have been demonstrating in solidarity with Cubans protesting their country's communist dictatorship over the past few days.

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Thousands of Cubans have protesting food shortages and high prices amid the coronavirus crisis, in one of biggest anti-government moments in memory.  

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The First Coast is recovering from Tropical Storm Elsa. Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry joined us to share an update on how the city is doing post-storm, and discuss his pick for the city’s first Chief Resiliency Officer.

In this Feb. 8, 2021, file photo, Florida seniors have their temperatures taken before receiving the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Health System in Miami.
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Friends and family of Jacksonville City Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman are asking for prayers as she battles COVID-19.

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New state and federal legislation could be proposed to address construction or engineering issues after the deadly condominium-building collapse in Surfside, where crews are continuing their search for survivors.

A cargo ship carrying 12 thousand tons of residual coal ash ran aground near the mouth of the St. Johns River nearly three months ago.

This image shows how a photo was altered in the Bartram Trail High School yearbook. The student's face has been blurred to protect the student's privacy.

The recent yearbook fiasco in St. Johns County has drawn national attention, even from the feds. 

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The Acosta Bridge rainbow lights display is back for Pride month after a controversy over the LED lighting system being temporarily changed to the color blue.

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The owners of Cinotti’s Bakery in Jacksonville Beach have issued an apology after one of its owners posted anti-LGBTQ messages on her social media page during Pride Month.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars unveiled their development plans for Downtown’s riverfront on Thursday.

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The Jacksonville City Council on Wednesday voted 14 - 5 to  double the local gas tax from six cents to 12 cents a gallon.   


Calling it "indoctrination," Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran say critical race theory shouldn’t be taught to kids and are trying to change state curriculum rules to prevent teachers from using the lens of race to analyze society.

City leaders are considering an increase in the local gas tax to pay for some much-needed infrastructure projects across the city.  



Many small businesses and restaurants have gone through repeated closures and reopenings during the pandemic.  However, now they are facing a new issue: many are unable to find workers.

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The FEMA vaccination site at Jacksonville's Gateway Town Center is scheduled to close around the end of the month

Skyline view of the St. Johns River and Downtown Jax.
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For the past few months, there’s been a community-wide conversation on how best to activate Jacksonville’s riverfront.

Andy Wong / Associated Press file photo

As more adults get vaccinated, the question of when kids can become vaccinated remains.   


Florida is about to become a more powerful player in national politics based on Census reapportionment numbers released Monday, with the state picking up a new congressional seat.

While the gain isn’t as big as predicted, it's still an important increase.  Mike Binder, head of UNF’s Public OpinionResearch Lab, explained why.