Sky Lebron

REPORTER

Sky Lebron joined WJCT News as a reporter in January 2020, after an internship with WJCT News in the summer of 2019. 

Originally from Hollywood, Florida, Sky is a graduate of the University of Florida and previously worked at the local NPR affiliate in Gainesville, WUFT 89.1 FM, as a producer and reporter for three years. He has also anchored the sports segment for WUFT's First at Five daily newscast.

Sky has a background in both news and sports. For three years he served as the voice of Sante Fe College athletics in Gainesville. He now does play-by-play broadcasts for the University of Florida Gators and University of North Florida Ospreys athletics teams.

Brenda Priestly Jackson speaking to a crowd with other members of the city and state government standing behind her at the entrance of City Hall.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council’s Social Justice and Community Investment Committee is outlining potential projects to work on with its more than $2 million in funding.

Starling using a Tibetan singing bowl while he's sitting on a picnic table with a hat and the Night Sanders Campers logo on it, in the background is a boardwalk that leads to the shore of American Beach
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Ron Starling comes to historic American Beach at least once a week. 

huge crowd of people primarily wearing red while Trump is in the center talking to them. Very large plane in the background, starting to turn into nighttime
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Thousands of supporters gathered outside of a hangar at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville to hear President Donald Trump speak Thursday night.

Joe Biden speaking with a micrphone in one hand, and a fist raised. Squinting his eyes while speaking. A large window in the background.
Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

Ahead of President Donald Trump’s campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville Thursday, the Florida Democratic Party held a virtual roundtable with local veterans to talk about why they will be supporting Joe Biden in November.

State Senator Audrey Gibson with her hand raised, a pen is in her hand, at the Florida Capitol.
Via News Service of Florida

State senators Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, and Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, are split on their reaction to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposal this week to create harsher penalties for people who participate in “disorderly assemblies” and cities that “slash” law enforcement budgets.

a black woman using a nose swab to test for COVID-19 on another black man, who has his head titled back.
Matt Rourke / Associated Press

African Americans are 2.4 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than white people, while Hispanic, Latinx, and indigenous groups are 1.5 more likely to die, according to the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Mark Wieland.

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis held a public meeting Monday to discuss an amendment he plans to propose during the approval of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s 2020-21 budget.

JSO patrol vehicle in a parking lot
Via News4Jax

An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been arrested and charged with felony bribery. 

Pedestal in the middle of Hemming Park where a confederate mounment used to be on top, downtown buildings in the background, and the skyrail
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Councilman Garrett Dennis filed a bill this week that would urge the city to give the recently taken down Charles Hemming monument back to the Hemming family. 

Person with gloves on holding a vaccine in their hand, about to flick it with their finger.
Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press

With flu season rapidly approaching, medical professionals are warning of potentially high hospitalizations and deaths if precautions aren’t taken, when combined with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States.

Side of Sanford Stadium, can partially see the field inside of it, along the backdrop of the sky.
Via Wikimedia Commons

After facing a social media backlash, the University of Georgia announced Thursday afternoon that there will be an on-campus voting location for students and faculty to go to.

People farming in a large Florida field
Alan Diaz / Associated Press

Florida Democratic political leaders held a virtual discussion on improvements they expect presidential candidate Joe Biden to work on for rural Florida if he were to win the presidency in November. 

Monkey looking up at the sky. Looks like its in a tree
Via Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

In an effort to recoup some of its financial losses after a two-month closure due to COVID-19, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is holding a fundraiser to try to bring in $250,000 by this Sunday, Sept. 20.

Outside of Clay County Jail, large grey building with multiple levels, the american flag and florida flag waving up above it.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A little more than a week after the Clay County Sheriff's Office confirmed its first positive COVID-19 cases in the Clay County Jail, the department says 156 of the inmates have tested positive.

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A pair of emergency COVID-19 relief bills could provide housing assistance to families in Jacksonville, and give the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office money to better prepare for the November election. 

Sign outside of Robert E Lee High School on some of the school campus.
Via News4Jax

Melanie Love graduated from Jacksonville’s Robert E. Lee High School in 1979. She was junior class president and student body president during her time at the school. 

woman shushing a classroom of students sitting on the floor as she reads a book to them in what appears to be a library.
Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press

The Florida Chamber of Commerce unveiled an online dashboard Thursday that compares elementary school students’ reading levels across the state. 

people standing outside the courthouse next to the street, the statue in the middle of a pathway leading up to the courthouse, bloced off by big barriers. Courthouse in the background.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The Putnam County Commission formed its 11-person citizen’s committee during its Tuesday afternoon workshop. 

person with a glove on ready to stick a needle with some fluid in it into someone else's arm.
LM Otero / Associated Press

The city of Jacksonville is partnering with the Duval County Medical Society to launch FluVaxJax, a campaign to get more people vaccinated ahead of flu season. 

Clay County fire truck parked next to some trees
Clay County Fire Rescue via Facebook

Clay County has a higher rate of opioid overdoses than the state average, according to county health department officials. Young people in the county have a higher chance of using heroin, marijuana and other drugs. 

To combat the dangerous trend, the Clay County Health Department is partnering with Clay County Fire Rescue and Clay Behavioral Health Care to launch a program aimed at curbing the amount of overdoses.

People sitting in chairs, facing Hudson, who is at a podium speaking with a screen behind him, all over a large tent the people are under.
Via Nassau County

In an effort to preserve more natural land in the fast-growing Nassau County, officials with the Nassau County Planning Department are hoping to launch a Conservation Land Acquisition and Management Program  — called CLAM  —  along with the nonprofit North Florida Land Trust.

Photo of Michelle Cook being sworn in
Clay County Sheriff's Office

Clay County has its third Sheriff in the past three weeks, after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Republican Michelle Cook to take on the role, beginning immediately.

A woman in a wheelchair holding a sign that says I love you. With her other hand, she is holding someone's hand.
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Some long-term care facilities in Florida will be able to open their doors for visitors as soon as Wednesday, September 2, in Florida. 

JEA workers digging into the ground outside a home, replacing pipes
Peter Haden / WJCT News

Amidst a city phase-out, Jacksonville residents still have approximately 65,000 septic tanks and 35,000 private wells on their properties.

While around 42,000 of the septic tank systems are working well, Hai Vu, the interim GM of JEA’s water and wastewater systems, told a City Council committee Monday that the other third of the septic tanks need to be replaced to prevent leakage and groundwater contamination. 

JEA has pinpointed 35 areas of the city where septic systems should be replaced, according to Vu. 

“These are the top priority areas,” Vu said. 

Outside of the Duval County Public Schools building
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Students in public and private Duval County Schools will have their own lane for COVID-19 testing at certain city-run sites, as long as they get verification from their school. 

Outside TIAA Bank Field, a sign with different safety measures near the entrance of the stadium. Security people in the background
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be one of the only teams to host fans as they open the 2020 NFL season next month, and they’re implementing a number of safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

In a rare move, Tuesday’s City Council meeting saw City Councilman Matt Carlucci set a motion to appeal the decision of Acting Council President Sam Newby over the placement of four bills in certain committees.

Rodney Hurst speaking on a platform, with a picture of the young black demonstrators in the background, the podium that Hurst is speaking on has flowers in front of it.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Civil Rights activists, community leaders and Jacksonville City Council members attended a gathering Thursday in what is now called James Weldon Johnson Park right outside of City Hall to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Ax Handle Saturday. 

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Councilman Ron Salem wants to create a lengthier process to rename public parks and buildings, after the council two weeks ago struggled with changing the names of two parks. 

Confederate statue in the middle of the walkway outside the courthouse, large courthouse in the background.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

After a three-hour workshop that aired many different perspectives, the Putnam County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening decided to begin the process of relocating the large Confederate statue that stands outside the County Courthouse in Palatka.  

“After thinking about it for a month, are we gonna make everybody happy? No, we're not,” said Commission Chair Terry Turner. “We're not gonna make them happy if we leave it. We're not going to make them happy if we move it. We're not gonna make them happy if we put it on the ballot.”

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