First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross

Weekdays 9 a.m. Rebroadcast 8 p.m.

Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, artists and people planning a variety of events across Northeast Florida, along with a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

First Coast Connect host Melissa Ross

First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross is sponsored in part by Baptist Health and North Florida TPO.

WJCT Sport Analyst Cole Pepper's Monday sports wrap is sponsored by Farah & Farah.

The What's Happening Around Town segment, which is heard every other Thursday, is sponsored by St. Augustine Distillery.  

The twice-a-month Going Green segment is sponsored in part by A1A Solar and the monthly First Coast Success segment is sponsored in part by Iberiabank.

Friday Media Roundtable; Wine & Trucks Festival

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Friday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable examined some of the top stories of the week, including:

Pictured: Dr. Robert Hayling (right) with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (center) and Rev. Andrew Young (left) during a press conference at the Elks Rest on Washington St. during the 1964 Civil Rights Movement actions in St. Augustine.

Monday marks Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  For the second year in a row, Jacksonville will have two major MLK breakfasts Friday in advance of the holiday. 


On this episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we examined the allegations of sexual abuse against the Catholic Church.

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The mushrooming JEA scandal is now in the sights of federal prosecutors. We spoke with City Councilman Ron Salem as the feds begin looking into JEA.

Picture: JSO investigates the scene at the Oakland Terrace Apartments, where a deadly shooting occurred Sunday.

On this episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we took a look at Jacksonville’s homicide rate.


On this episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, a panel of journalists discussed top stories in the first Media Roundtable of the decade, including:

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A new coalition of business and civic leaders is speaking out about the aborted attempt to sell JEA.

Cannabis 2020; IdeaFest; Self-Help Credit Union

Jan 8, 2020

New rules went into effect this month on the sale of CBD products in Florida.

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The Duval County Democratic Party is calling on State Attorney Melissa Nelson to recuse herself from investigating JEA.


Nancy Soderberg, a foreign policy strategist who served as the third-ranking official on the Clinton Administration's National Security Council, and as an Alternate Representative to the United Nations as a Presidential Appointee with the rank of Ambassador, joined us for a closer look at what the escalating tensions in Iran might mean for the military community in Northeast Florida.

Picture of JEA Building
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The Jacksonville Civic Council is calling for a grand jury investigation into JEA board and senior management.  Michael Ward, the retired CEO of CSX Transportation and Co-Chair of the Council’s JEA Special Committee, joined us to explain why.

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District 10 Jacksonville City Councilwoman Brenda Priestly-Jackson, who introduced an emergency resolution last week calling JEA to stop seeking bids to privatize, joined us with her thoughts about the latest developments.

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Over the weekend, Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci called for a grand jury investigation into JEA.

JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters building is pictured.

Friday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross featured some of the top stories of the week, including: