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A resilient Jax; Tristyn Bailey Foundation; Beyond King Tut

The sun sets over the Main Street Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville.
The sun sets over the Main Street Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville.

Today, we step into the heart of Jacksonville’s resilience journey, where Chief Resilience Officer Anne Coglianese has been at the forefront since 2021.

Appointed under the Curry administration, Coglianese embarked on a mission to fortify the city against the escalating challenges posed by climate change, marking a pivotal moment in Jacksonville’s commitment to sustainability.

Over two years, Coglianese has meticulously collected and scrutinized data, engaging in meaningful conversations with experts from various fields. On today’s episode, we delve into the intricacies of this transformative report.

Then, our own WJCT news editorial director, Jessica Palombo, gives us a sneak peak into an upcoming panel discussion centered around the groundbreaking resilience report. Scheduled for next Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, the panel presents an exceptional lineup, including Coglianese and Mayor Donna Deegan, among other distinguished participants.

Tristyn Bailey Foundation

Today we also have the honor of speaking with Brittney and Stacey Bailey, the sister and mother of Tristyn Bailey, the St.Johns County teen tragically stabbed to death in 2021. We explore the purpose and mission of the Tristyn Bailey Foundation. Brittney and Stacey share their vision for remembering Tristyn not for how she died but for the vibrant way she lived.

The foundation’s four pillars — scholarship, victim advocacy, self-defense and self-confidence, and education on the dangers of social media — reveal a commitment to honoring Tristyn's spirit through positive action.

Beyond King Tut

This year marks the 101st anniversary of the momentous discovery of King Tut’s tomb. This Saturday, National Geographic’s Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience commemorates the extraordinary find.

Providing a captivating insight into the exhibit, Fred Heibert, archaeologist and explorer with National Geographic Society, joins us with more details.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.