Pulse Shooting

Pulse nightclub exterior
Amy Green / WMFE

Today on “First Coast Connect,” we marked the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting with director of the University of North Florida LGBT Resource Center Kaitlin Legg and Brendan Byrne (01:04), reporter for WMFE in Orlando. We heard how to be financially ready for hurricane season with Gerri Sexsion (22:24), president and CEO of Jax Federal Credit Union. We talked about June being Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month with Eldersource Institute Executive Director Linda Levin and director of Business Innovation Heidi Katz (29:56). Cole Pepper (43:51) brought us the latest sports news.  


2016 Best Of WJCT News — #17

Dec 29, 2016
Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

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.

Boxes and stacks of wedding RSVPs crowd Kelly Bardier and Jaci Pfeiffer’s dining room in Oviedo, just outside Orlando. The couple is getting ready to tie the knot in Cocoa Beach.

“We have a wedding shower on Sunday and a wedding on October 28, so it’s crazy!” said Pfeiffer.

After they say “I do” they’ll hop on a Disney cruise with their three young boys to celebrate. They’re calling it a “familymoon.”

Allie George / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s "Dear Orlando" postcard initiative is in full swing, and organizers have already seen an overwhelming response.

Next week is the deadline for those who visit any of Jacksonville's public libraries to share condolences with Orlando residents still grieving from last month’s Pulse Nightclub shootings.

Haroon Moghul

The deadly attack on Turkey’s Ataturk International Airport claimed the lives of more than 40 people in Istanbul, just weeks after a similar attack killed 49 at a gay Orlando nightclub.

But where the Orlando massacre spurred an outpouring of support from communities around the world, the response to three suicide bombers detonating devices in Istanbul seems muted.

Although yet to be confirmed, Turkish officials say the self-proclaimed Islamic State or Daesh terror group is responsible for sending three suicide bombers into the crowded Ataturk International Airport Tuesday.

The attackers began firing weapons at the airport’s terminal entrance and later detonated suicide vests, killing more than 40 and wounding close to 240.

Author and commentator Haroon Moghul, senior fellow and director of development at the Center for Global Policy, joins us to discuss the difference in responses between the Turkish and Orlando attacks.

Moghul is the keynote speaker at the Atlantic Institute of Jacksonville's Table of Abraham interfaith event Thursday night.

Attorney Eric Friday, professor Parvez Ahmed and attorney Jimmy Midyette appeared on Monday’s First Coast Connect to discuss the mass shooting in Orlando with a focus on three issues: gun control, LGBT equality and religious radicalization.

Orlando Shooting

Investigators continue their efforts to piece together what led to a shooting rampage Sunday at an Orlando gay nightclub.

The mass shooting is the worst in modern American history, with at least 50 people killed and at least 53 injured.

Twenty-nine-year-old Omar Mateen was killed by police at the Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning after opening fire on clubgoers inside

WMFE reporter Brendan Byrne joins us with the latest from Orlando.

We then hear local reaction from Jimmy Midyette, attorney and member of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality, Dr. Parvez Ahmed, UNF professor and member of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, and Eric Friday, attorney and 2nd Amendment advocate.

Names Of 33 Victims In Pulse Nightclub Shooting Released

Jun 13, 2016

ORLANDO — Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said 48 of 49 victims slain in the mass shooting inside the Pulse nightclub were identified by Monday morning.

The city has released the names of 33 victims after notifying next of kin.