Samantha Kindler


Samantha Kindler

Samantha Kindler is a senior studying Multimedia Journalism at UNF. 

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First Coast area fans of the hit HBO show Game of Thrones have an opportunity to meet several of the HBO hit show's cast members in Jacksonville this weekend.

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On Friday's Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week, including:

Christina Meredith Foundation

A University of North Florida student is sharing the story of her difficult childhood in a new book and upcoming feature film. 

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Hundreds headed to Jacksonville’s Willowbranch Park in Riverside Friday afternoon in hopes of finding up to $2,000 hidden around the park.

Groundwork Jacksonville

With the first phase of the 30-mile Emerald Trail around downtown Jacksonville on track to be built by 2020, the nonprofit Groundwork Jacksonville is looking to hire a trail project manager. 

Giving Closet Project

A former Jacksonville teacher is stepping up to help students experiencing hardships.

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The 1990 GMAC mass shooting in Jacksonville was labeled the worst mass shooting to ever take place in Florida until the shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

The Jaxson

A high-paying scavenger hunt is coming to Jacksonville.

National Parks Conservation Association

The National Park Service is inviting the public to participate in the planning process for the Visitor Use Management Plan for Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Samantha Kindler / WJCT News

Jacksonville achieved no-kill status back in 2014 when the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) chose to not to euthanize at least 90% of the animals that enter its shelter.  


Over the last couple of decades, the opioid epidemic has hit the U.S. hard in a series of waves.


New research released last week by the Centers for Disease Control shows troubling trends in how the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic is impacting certain ethnic groups, as well as how the opioid abuse is disproportionately affecting certain age groups and genders in the U.S.

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Many stores and bars in Jacksonville sell products containing Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-euphoric substance derived from cannabis plants.

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With less than a week to go before election day, candidates in Duval County are making their final push to sway voters.


Being a homeless teenager wasn't going to stop First Coast High School student Seth Owen from achieving his dreams.

Martin Schoeller

A Florida teen is paying it forward and giving back in big ways. Seth Owen’s story was widely shared when his biology teacher raised $140,000 for his college education on GoFundMe and he was later presented with a $25,000 check on Ellen DeGeneres' TV talk show.

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More than 3,500 teachers and education staff professionals were expected to participate in rallies, sign waving, informational pickets and other activities throughout the state on Monday, including in Northeast Florida, for a "Day of Action." Their message: Fund public schools. Michelle Dillon, president of the St.

Cecil Spaceport in Jacksonville has its first commercial launch date on the calendar, a year later than originally planned.

Provided by Brian Ferlin

Brian Ferlin was the first Jacksonville native to make it to the NHL in 2014 when the Boston Bruins selected him in the fourth round, 121st overall pick.

Jacksonville On The Rise / Via YouTube

A political action committee associated with Mayor Lenny Curry, Jacksonville on the Rise, is behind another attack ad against mayoral candidate and Councilwoman Anna Lopez Brosche.

Screenshot of Jacksonville on the Rise ad from YouTube

A political action committee linked to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is throwing jabs at his top mayoral competitor Anna Lopez Brosche with a negative TV ad that started airing in late December, before she filed to run against him.