Ryan Benk

REPORTER / HOST "Indie Endeavour"

Ryan Benk joined WJCT News in 2015 after working as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU in Tallahassee.

Originally from Miami, he graduated with a bachelor's in English literature from Florida State University. During his time in Tallahassee, Ryan also worked as a policy and research analyst for legislative-research firm LobbyTools.

When he’s not tracking down news, Ryan likes watching films, writing fiction and poetry, and exploring Florida's natural beauty.

Ryan is also the host of "Indie Endeavor."

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Employees of one Jacksonville company will be the first in the region to test-drive a telemedicine kiosk.

By using cameras, Crowley Maritime employees can see a doctor for minor illnesses without ever leaving their workplace.  

Some state lawmakers are trying to expand telemedicine among the general public.

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Jacksonville’s utility company is in hot water after emails revealed possible violations of  state public-records law.

A Florida Times-Union investigation found JEA’s board may have used prepared statements to discuss decisions made ahead of public meetings.

The possible infraction is the latest issue straining JEA’s relationship with the mayor’s office.

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Ten days after the anniversary of the Spanish landing at St. Augustine, the king and queen of Spain landed on the First Coast to celebrate.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano’s visit marks 14 years since the last time Spanish royalty visited America’s oldest city.

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A building on the University of North Florida campus is getting high marks from voters in an American Institute of Architects poll.

UNF’s student-wellness complex is ranked this year’s seventh-best designed in Florida.

The 75,000-square-foot building is the only Jacksonville structure in the top 10, beating out the Duval County Courthouse for the honor.

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After the second Republican presidential debate, the Duval County GOP is lacking consensus on who should win the party’s nomination for president.

Almost all of the major candidates had supporters in a San Marco bar Thursday night, where the local GOP gathered to watch the candidates battle for the spotlight.


About a fifth of Floridians are over the age of 65.

But instead of planning for final expenses, a recent AAA survey found half of Sunshine State residents don’t have life insurance.

Myths about coverage could be driving the low enrollment.

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A federal judge is ordering a mental-health evaluation for an Orange Park man accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a Missouri September-11th ceremony.

Twenty-year-old Joshua Goldberg allegedly sent bomb-making plans to someone he didn’t realize was an FBI informant.

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Recently released federal data show a widening salary gap between private-college graduates and their public-school counterparts.

But in Jacksonville, both private and public colleges give students a relatively good return on investment.

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The trial of the man accused of murdering 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle has been set for early April.

Donald Smith is accused of kidnapping Perrywinkle from a Walmart on the city’s Northside two years ago.

Smith is also charged with rape and murder.

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A Northeast Florida lawmaker is predicting Medicaid expansion won't be a factor during the next legislative session.

Senate Health Policy Chairman Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) said his focus will be on bringing down health care costs, rather than expanding coverage in 2016.

That’s because the federal government agreed to extend funding for uninsured patients through next year.

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The Jacksonville Zoo is celebrating the hatching of two very different species of endangered animals.

The zoo recently welcomed Louisiana Pine Snakes...and a South American Magellanic penguin.

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Thousands of tourists flocked to St. Augustine this week to celebrate the founding of America’s oldest city. But one group at the ceremonies was calling for an end to the revelry. Indigenous protesters say the anniversary is a painful memory that’s too often forgotten by the masses.

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Several Civil Rights era historical sites in St. Augustine could soon get national designations. That’s after the city’s grant application got high marks from a state cultural panel last week.

But some of the sites have already been documented and commemorated by independent civil-rights advocates — and they feel they’re being left out of the city’s project.

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A First Coast conservationist celebrated the birth of one of the most endangered mammals in the world.

A baby pangolin took its first breaths in St. Augustine last week, thousands of miles away from its natural habitat.

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On Thursday, mental health professionals, county officials and law enforcement officers started planning to create a centralized facility meant to keep people with mental illness out of jail.