Tristan Wood

SUMMER INTERN 2021

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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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry speaks to campers at the Carpenter's Shop Center on June 15, 2021.
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After being halted or reduced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Jacksonville-sponsored summer camps are returning to normal operations.

DCPS Superintendent Diana Greene speaks at a press conference at the DCPS administration building on June 14, 2021.
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Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Superintendent Diana Greene held a press conference Monday morning where she discussed the district’s expanded summer programs along with how district curriculum will be impacted by Florida’s critical race theory ban.

An American Airlines aircraft at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va on June 2, 2021.
Jenny Kane / ASSOCIATED PRESS

American Airlines will soon offer non-stop flights from Jacksonville to Austin, Texas.

JASMYN leaders prepare to break ground for JASMYN's Safety Net Resource Center on Dec. 10, 2018.
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The Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN) announced the public phase of its $1.5 million fundraising campaign on Wednesday to complete its Riverside campus.

 

It has already raised $1.3 million for its Safe Place campaign, said JASMYN CEO Cindy Watson. It is looking for community support to raise the remaining $200,000.

 

UNF students dig for artifacts at the Big Talbot Island dig site on June 8, 2021.
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  The University of North Florida archaeology team believes it may have located the lost Indigenous Northeast Florida community of Sarabay.

Artist and Congregation Ahavath temple member Clifford Buckley poses with "Ebb & Flow."
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A local synagogue has unveiled "Ebb & Flow," a new 3D origami mural made of 5,640 pieces of paper.

File photo of Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking at the Florida Capitol on April 30, 2021.
Wilfredo Lee / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday at the American Legion Palm Valley post in Ponte Vedra Beach that will create a program designed to help children with guardians in the military acclimate to changing schools.

Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson DeVille cheers on the crowd during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are purchasing uniforms for schools in Duval County that are changing their Confederate names next year.

JSO Undersheriff Pat Ivey discusses Zachary Taylor's DUI arrest Thursday Morning at a press conference. Taylor has been with JSO for 3-and-a-half years.
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An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been arrested for being under the influence while driving a police car.

Jessie Jacobson / Flickr

Outdoor graduations at some Duval County Public Schools Thursday, June 3, and Friday, June 4, have been rescheduled because of predicted bad weather.

Fireworks are launched from the Acosta Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville on Nov. 30, 2019.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The city of Jacksonville will launch fireworks celebrating the 4th of July at six locations across town for the second year in a row.

JAXEVENTS.COM

Hamilton is coming to Jacksonville this fall.

The Museum of Science & History is hosting "The Lost World of Dragons" exhibit from May 29 to Sept. 5
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  The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is bringing dragons to Jacksonville for the summer.

Tristyn Bailey and Aiden Fucci
News4Jax

Editor's Note: This story contains graphic details. 

ENERGY.GOV

The local gas tax in Jacksonville will be doubling next year.

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The Duval County Public School District has removed its mask requirement and the Clay County School District is considering removing its mask requirement starting next year. The moves come after the St. Johns County and Nassau County school districts announced last week their mask mandates will be dropped next year.

Fans enjoy a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp home game during the 2019 season.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are returning to full capacity.

Jacksonville City Hall
BRENDAN RIVERS / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council has a busy week ahead. Here are three big items on the agenda:

File photo of masked elementary school students attending a math lesson.
Mary Altaffer / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The CDC has changed its COVID-19 guidelines to no longer recommend fully vaccinated people wear masks in most scenarios, but with children under 12 still not eligible for vaccines, and many teens still unvaccinated, here is how local school districts’ COVID-19 policies stand after the change:

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council has voted 5-13 against an amendment that would have required voter approval for a proposed 6-cent gas tax increase.

Courtesy: Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)

A program by Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida (PPSENFL) is offering virtual mental health counseling sessions for people struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Justin Bieber is performing at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 7, 2022
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After a year of virtual events, small gatherings and social distancing, concerts are returning to Jacksonville in 2021! Here are some of the biggest artists coming to the 904 this year and the next. 

JON SUPER / ASSOCIATED PRESS

 Duval County Public Schools is asking parents, students and staff what COVID-19 safety measures they think the district should implement next school year.

RYAN KETTERMAN / VIA WINN-DIXIE

Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket stores, has announced it will allow fully vaccinated customers and employees to shop and work maskless.

This unrelated file photo is being used for illustrative purposes.
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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved overnight orthokeratology contact lenses that manage myopia, also known as nearsightedness.

IAN WALTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The National Football League announced Wednesday morning it will resume International Series Games during the 2021 season after the coronavirus pandemic halted all international games last season.