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Measles and the crisis of public health in the Sunshine State


Today we talk with experts about the measles outbreak in Florida and the demise of public health here. Currently, there are about 60 cases nationwide, but the state of Florida ranks second-highest with 10 cases reported. Although the state says everything is under control, it comes at a time when vaccination rates are declining.


  • Dr. Paul Arons, former HIV/AIDS medical director, Florida Department of Health. 
  • Dr. Leslie Beitsch, faculty member in the Florida State University College of Medicine. 
  • Dr. Jeffrey Goldhagen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine. 

Scenic Jacksonville 

Scenic Visions is a new initiative to uncover the often-overlooked history of architectural gems across the First Coast. The goal is to spotlight the vibrant life and heritage of areas beyond Jacksonville’s urban core, starting with Arlington.


  • Nancy Powell, executive director at Scenic Jacksonville. 
  • Steve Matchett, director of Old Arlington Inc. 

Tom Papa

With two decades of comedic expertise under his belt, Tom Papa joins us to preview his upcoming performance at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Friday.

You can find tickets here.

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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.