Tristan Wood


Tristan is WJCT’s 2021 Summer Reporting Intern. He has previously worked as the City and County Commission reporter for the Independent Florida Alligator, Gainesville’s student-run newspaper, and Fresh Take Florida, a news service working in partnership with the Associated Press to cover the Florida Legislature and select political news stories across the state.

Tristan is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. He expects to graduate in Fall 2021.

A South Florida native, Tristan enjoys drinking tea, photographing historic landmarks and walking his dog, String Bean.


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Agustin Cortez, 13, gets a COVID-19 test Thursday, July 15, 2021,
Marta Lavandier / ASSOCIATED PRESS

St. Johns County is asking residents to pre-register for appointments at its COVID-19 testing site, which is opening Monday, Aug. 16. 

USS Orleck
Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA)

Jacksonville is set to welcome the USS Orleck, a naval museum ship that while in service was awarded 18 battle stars, enough to make it the most decorated post-World War II ship ever built.

Republic Services

The Clay County Board of Commissioners announced curbside recycling collections will be temporarily suspended in all unincorporated areas of Clay County and the city of Keystone Heights starting August 16.

Marta Lavandier / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The city of Jacksonville announced legislation that would fund three new COVID testing sites across the city, with two additional new sites to be operated by the Department of Health in Duval County. 

JEA's headquarters building is seen in the distance behind the Main Street Bridge.

JEA is hosting a community COVID-19 vaccination event Thursday, Aug. 5, to honor a local medical expert who was killed in a personal watercraft accident last month.

Todd Dowd closes his eyes as he receives the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Thursday, May 13, 2021, at a mobile vaccination site at the Greater Bethel Church in Miami.

A University of Florida medical communications expert said the local “Get The Facts Jax” pro-vaccination campaign may only be effective at reaching some groups.

Rev. Mark Griffin of Wayman Temple A.M.E. Church gives a speech on  June 8, 2020.
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union

A Jacksonville pastor is offering $25 gift cards to young adults who get vaccinated at his church’s vaccine event in a couple of weeks.

Hilltop Village Apartments in February 2019.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration said Monday it is “re-evaluating” its support of a company that has ownership and management ties to the troubled Hilltop Village Apartments. 


The IRS wants taxpayers to know that scammers are trying to get their private information using tactics surrounding the recently expanded child tax credits.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry promotes  COVID-19 vaccines during a virtual press conference with local health organizations on July 21, 2021.
City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry promoted vaccines while shooting down bringing back mask or stay-at-home mandates during a Wednesday news conference with local health organizations.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s help in uncovering more potential victims in the case of a local pastor accused of child molestation. 

University President A. Zachary Faison announces that EWU's NCAA acceptance during a press conference on July 19, 2021.
Edward Waters University

The recently renamed Edward Waters University is joining the NCAA for the first time in the school’s 155-year history.

Secret Woods, on Jacksonville's Southside, is among the neighborhoods that has seen delayed yard waste pickups recently.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville yard waste complaints have skyrocketed, and city officials are pointing their fingers at labor shortages.

A Nov. 2, 2018 file photo of Nikki Fried at a campaign rally during her 2018 campaign for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture.

Florida Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried held a news conference in Jacksonville Tuesday to highlight her department's upcoming energy equity study.

Concept design of Orange Park Medical Center's planned $14.4 million emergency center in Clay County.
Orange Park Medical Center

Orange Park Medical Center announced Tuesday its planning to build a $14.4 million emergency center in Southwest Clay County.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announces grant funding for Green Cove Springs in Clay County.
WJXT - News4Jax

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that Green Cove Springs will be receiving $700,000 in state infrastructure funding.

A file photo of Deshawn Levon Johnson, who was killed in an accident caused by Tropical Storm Elsa.
U.S. Navy

A U.S. Navy Sailor is identified as the man killed in an accident caused by Tropical Storm Elsa on Wednesday.

large tree trunk lying on the ground

Tropical Storm Elsa brought tornadoes, inches of rainfall and heavy wind to Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. Here is how the First Coast was affected, according to the National Weather Service’s (NWS) preliminary report.

Black Creek receiving rain from Tropical Storm Elsa.
Credit: News4Jax

The Black Creek River Basin in Clay County is flooding docks and yards after rainfall from Tropical Storm Elsa.

According to the National Weather Service, the basin’s North prong is currently at 16.28 feet and the South prong is at 15.33 feet, enough to meet the minor flooding stage. Both prongs were at less than 4 feet before Elsa rains.

City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Western Duval County is under a Tropical Storm Watch as the city prepares for Tropical Storm Elsa.

EWU President A. Zachary Faison announces the name change on June 30, 2021.
Edward Waters University

Edward Waters College is being renamed Edward Waters University following its new accreditation that will allow it to have master’s programs.

Fireworks are pictured being launched from the Acosta Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville on Nov. 30, 2019.

The July 4th holiday weekend is looking like a rainy one in Northeast Florida, as the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network forecasts several rounds of thunderstorms through Monday. 


But the city of Jacksonville told WJCT News that Sunday evening’s fireworks displays will happen rain or shine.


Here's where the festivities will be happening in Jacksonville and all along the First Coast:

UF Health Jacksonville Hospital
UF Health Jacksonville / UF Health Jacksonville

A UF Health Jacksonville official does not recommend fully vaccinated people in North Florida wear masks.

The grant is funding a UNF study into if and why there were disparities in Telehealth usage by gender and race during the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of North Florida COVID-19 researchers have been awarded a $39,160 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

UNF President David Szymanski (left), Crowley Maritime Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley (middle) and UNF's College of Business Dean Richard Buttimer, (right) pose for photographs at the endowment's announcement ceremony on June 25, 2021.
Tristan Wood / WJCT NEWS

The University of North Florida on Friday announced a $2.5 million endowment from the Crowley Maritime Corp. to strengthen the school’s transportation and logistics programs.


The Mayo Clinic has advice for people looking to travel this summer after a year of staying home to avoid exposure to the coronavirus.

Perkins and Will

Three teams presented their proposals for the former site of the Jacksonville Landing on Thursday.

Jacksonville City Hall

The Jacksonville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to pass legislation reallocating $19.9 million in federal CARES Act funding.

A file photo of a cyclist competing in the 2020 Road Cycling World Championships in Imola, Italy.
Andrew Medichini / ASSOCIATED PRESS

More than 400 young cyclists are coming to Clay County Thursday, June 24, for the four-day 2021 USA Cycling Amateur Road Nationals.

Jacksonville City Hall

The Jacksonville City Council is considering sending $16.7 million to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) and Jacksonville and Fire Department (JFRD) to reimburse the departments for employee overtime pay since March 2020, which is when Jacksonville and much of the United States started implementing COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions.