About

Jacksonville Today is a nonprofit local journalism service that includes a weekday email newsletter.
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  • The local news you need to know about, from a variety of sources and presented in an easy-reading format 
  • Original reporting you won’t see anywhere else, sometimes based on input from you, our readers 
  • A heads-up on how to get connected with local decision making 
  • Exclusive analysis and perspectives on local politics, culture, and urban planning from a diverse set of contributors
  • A calendar of cultural happenings 
  • Photo essays that capture our region through the eyes of local photographers 
  • And more (but if you want to just scan the top news of the day, that’s OK too).

Jacksonville today is a different place than it was yesterday, and the decisions we make as a community now will shape the Jacksonville of tomorrow. Our goal is to help our readers feel more connected to where we live and to each other, so they can make those decisions in a more informed way.

Jacksonville Today is independent and locally owned and operated by WJCT Public Media.

Mission Statement

Jacksonville Today produces and distributes audience-engaged journalism that expands civic discourse and fosters a vibrant, inclusive, and knowledgeable community.

Our Team

Jessica Palombo Editor
Jacksonville is Jessica’s hometown, and today, she hopes to contribute toward making sense of our collective past and present, with an eye toward the future she wants for her own children. Her work as an editor and journalist has been recognized with national and statewide awards, and her bylines include NPR, Jacksonville Magazine, and Experience Magazine. She has a master’s in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University. In her previous life, you may have seen her on stage at one of the area’s community theaters. Her favorite breakfast is the double down biscuit from Sweet Theory.
Ric Anderson Newsletter Writer / Engagement Editor

Ric Anderson got his first job in a newsroom as a teenager in the 1980s, and he's been in the news business virtually ever since as a news and sports reporter, news editor and opinion editor. A native Kansan, he came to Jacksonville Today after 11 years as an editor at the Las Vegas Sun.

Randy Roguski Senior News Editor
Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 35 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. 
Matthew Shaw Arts & Culture Editor
Matthew Shaw is a writer, editor and musician. His writing has appeared in Folio Weekly, Edible Northeast Florida, The Surfer's Journal, and SURFER Magazine, and he's reported on national stories for The New York Times. He was previously editor in chief of the Void Magazine.
Brendan Rivers Lead Reporter, ADAPT

Brendan Rivers is the lead reporter for ADAPT, where he also writes the ADAPT email newsletter, hosts live events, and hosts and produces the ADAPT podcast profiling local people who are working on the issue of climate change. 

Brendan's climate bylines include NPR, The Guardian, Grist, The Miami Herald, and The Florida Times-Union. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and a former fellow with InsideClimate News and Climate Matters in the Newsroom.

Brendan has worked as a reporter for WJCT News and as a news director at Southern Stone Communications radio stations in the Daytona Beach area. 

Brendan Rivers can be reached at brivers@wjct.org and on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.

Will Brown Reporter

Will Brown is a Report for America corps member focusing on race, poverty and inequality for Jacksonville Today.

 He previously reported for the Jacksonville Business Journal. And before that, he spent more than a decade as a sports reporter at The St. Augustine Record, Victoria (Texas) Advocate and the Tallahassee Democrat.

 Over his 15-year career, Brown has won awards for breaking news, social media and photography. And in 2020, he contributed photographs for WFSU News/Health News Florida’s national Murrow Award-winning series “Committed: How and Why Children Became the Fastest Growing Group Under Florida’s Baker Act.”

 Brown has an undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University and a master’s from the University of South Florida. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and soccer. He lives in Clay County with his wife and son.

Claire Heddles Reporter

Claire Heddles comes to Jacksonville Today from WJCT News 89.9. She was previously the local host of NPR's Morning Edition at WUOT in East Tennessee, where she earned a Public Media Journalists’ Association award for investigative reporting. Claire received a master’s in journalism from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and as a student, her work with Al Jazeera's Contrast VR won a Webby award. After graduation, Claire worked at NPR as a national desk intern.

You can reach Claire with tips, ideas or comments at claire@jaxtoday.org and on Twitter at @ClaireHeddles.


Contributors

A.G. Gancarski Jacksonville Today Contributor
A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. His columns were a staple in Folio Weekly for nearly two decades. He specializes in the intersection of state and local politics and policy.
Nikesha Elise Williams Jacksonville Today Contributor
Nikesha Elise Williams is an Emmy-winning TV producer, an award-winning author, and host/producer of the Black & Published podcast. Her latest novel, Beyond Bourbon Street, was awarded Best Fiction by the Black Caucus of African-American Librarians in the 2021 Self-Published eBook Literary Awards, as well as the 2020 Outstanding Book Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Nikesha’s debut novel Four Women received the 2018 NABJ Outstanding Literary Work Award and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Award for Adult Contemporary/Literary Fiction. Her bylines include The Washington Post, ESSENCE, and Vox. Nikesha lives in Jacksonville with her family.
Rob Bradley Jacksonville Today Contributor
Rob Bradley is an attorney and current chairman of the governing board of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Rob is managing partner of Bradley, Garrison & Komando, P.A., an Orange Park law firm. He represented the north Florida region in the Florida Senate from 2012-2020, serving as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations from 2017-2020, where he crafted three state budgets, each in excess of $90 billion. Rob has been married to Senator Jennifer Bradley, R-Fleming Island, for 26 years. They have three children, Connor, Stephanie and Caroline.
Bill Delaney The Jaxson

Bill is a writer, marketing director and higher education professional whose writing focuses on the culture and history of the First Coast. He is co-owner and editor of The Jaxson, Modern Cities, and Edible Northeast Florida magazine, and author of the book Secret Jacksonville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of North Florida. Reach Bill at wdelaney@moderncities.com.

    Ennis Davis The Jaxson
    Ennis Davis, AICP is an urban planner and co-owner of The Jaxson and Modern Cities. A civic activist dedicated to improving communities, Ennis is also vice president of membership services and outreach for the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, a Florida Trust for Historic Preservation trustee, Groundwork Jacksonville board member, and author of award-winning books Reclaiming JacksonvilleCohen Brothers: The Big Store and Images of Modern America: Jacksonville. He holds a bachelor’s of architecture degree from Florida A&M University. Reach Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com.
    Mike Field The Jaxson
    Mike Field is a banking analyst and real estate developer who holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Florida State University. In 2015, he was named the state of Florida’s small business advocate of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. A member of the 2014 Next City Vanguard and 2019 Hightower Fellowship class, Mike is the co-founder of Modern Cities and TransForm Jax.

    Financial Support


    Jacksonville Today is supported by individuals, corporations, and foundations with an interest in the vital role journalism plays in our civic life.

    Funders have no influence on editorial decision making.

    Support is provided through the Local Journalism Initiative at WJCT Public Media.

    Major support provided by*:

    • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
    • The Jessie Ball duPont Equity and Placemaking Fund

    Additional support provided by*:

    • The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
    • Florida Blue
    • Report For America
    • VyStar Credit Union
    • The Martha and Tom Baker Family Fund
    • Gilchrist and Amy Berg
    • Holly and Tim Finchem
    • Cynthia and Walter Graham, Jr.
    • The Ann and David Hicks Family Charitable Fund
    • The David M. Hicks Jr. Family Fund
    • The J.B. Foundation
    • Barney and Edward Lane, III
    • David and Katharine Loeb
    • The David C. Miller Family Foundation
    • Pamela Y. Paul
    • In Honor of Timothy D. Payne
    • Farley Kern and Mike Petro
    • Matthew Rapp
    • Susan and Fred Schantz
    • The Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund

    * As of June 2022

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