2016 Best Of WJCT News — #17

Dec 29, 2016

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On this episode of Redux, we bring you the best of 2016 from WJCT News.

Now what exactly do we mean by best? Well, we left that up to each WJCT News staff member.

You’ll hear from First Coast Connect host Melissa Ross, WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, Morning Edition host Michelle Corum and reporters Ryan Benk and Lindsey Kilbride on what they feel were their best stories and interviews of 2016.

Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, left, appears Tuesday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.


First Coast Connect: From Illegal Immigrant To Brain Surgeon

Of the roughly 1,000 interviews First Coast Connect throughout the year, host Melissa Ross selected this guest from September: Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa.

Annette Nathan in front of her house in Jacksonville's Northwest side.
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Chasing The Dream: When Public Housing Isn't An Option

From WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, her favorite story from 2016 was part of our "Chasing the Dream" series, which examined the options available to people who qualify for public housing but, for one reason or another, chose to live somewhere else.

A crowd gathers to celebrate the opening of the school house at Walter Jones Historical Park.
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Historic African-American Schoolhouse Opens As Museum In Mandarin

This is a selection from Morning Edition host Michelle Corum, who told the story about a one-room schoolhouse built in 1898 to educate the children of freed slaves.

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At Jacksonville Vigil For Orlando Shooting Victims, A Call For LGBT Protections

Reporter Lindsey Kilbride remembers one of the events that defined 2016: the Orlando nightclub shooting. Kilbride's most memorable moment of the year was covering a vigil after the tragic events of June 12. 

Ramona Quimby performs in St. Augustine.
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St. Augustine Musicians Vocally Oppose New Noise Restrictions

Reporter Ryan Benk examines the nightlife of St. Augustine and those who are determined to stop it. Benk's sound-rich story of a clash between cultures was his favorite story of 2016.

Digital Content Editor Vince Kong can be reached at vkong@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter @teamvincek