Steven Ponson Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 email

Steven Ponson has six years of experience covering news in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.

Prior to arriving on the First Coast, Steven also worked in radio in Orlando. He attended the University of Central Florida where he earned a degree in radio and television. Steven has been a reporter, producer, anchor and board operator.

Outside of work, Steven loves to watch sports, cook delicious cajun food (as any good Louisiana native does) and spend time outdoors.

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A woman moves through one of the nine TSA checkpoints at Jacksonville International Airport l Steven Ponson, Jacksonville Today
14 hours ago

Fewer guns confiscated at Jacksonville’s airport

The number of guns seized at Jacksonville International Airport has declined by 25% from last year.…

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Florida Memorial defeated Edward Waters 38-21 in The Big Cat Classic on Sept. 2, 2023, in Jacksonville. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
1 day ago

Edward Waters University officially joins NCAA Division ll

The move to the NCAA means stronger competition for student-athletes and more money for the athletics department.…

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The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida is offering rental and utility assistance for low-income residents in Duval County. l Google Maps.
2 days ago

Salvation Army offers rent and utility assistance

The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida is offering rent and utility assistance for low income residents in Duval County.…

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Lofts at San Marco East is accepting applications. | The Jaxson
3 days ago

Affordable housing begins leasing at San Marco East

The Lofts at San Marco East is a 172-unit affordable housing complex at Philips Highway and St. Augustine Road. …

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The Cathedral District-Jax is looking for artists to beautify two intersections in the Cathedral District of Downtown Jacksonville. l Steven Ponson, Jacksonville Today.
July 9, 2024

Artists sought for new entryways to Cathedral Hill

The Cathedral District-Jax, a local nonprofit, is seeking artists to beautify two intersections in Downtown Jacksonville.…

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Sinsations on Emerson Street is one of the businesses suing the state over its entertainer age limit. | Google Maps
July 2, 2024

2 Jacksonville adult businesses sue state of Florida over employee age limit

The federal lawsuit alleges the new Florida law violates the rights of 18- to-20-year-old adult entertainers.…

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All three buidlings in the Laura Street Trio were built in the early 20th century. | The Jaxson
June 28, 2024

DIA backs out of Laura Street Trio negotiations

The developer, Southeast Development Group, wants to work directly with the Jacksonville City Council.…

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Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia lawmakers are asking questions about the operations at the Jacksonville Regional Processing and Distribution Center after receiving complaints for months. l News4Jax.
June 27, 2024

Lawmakers question delayed mail at USPS center in Jax

Lawmakers say they receive countless complaints about the Regional Processing and Distribution Center in Jacksonville.…

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The Ocearch ship sits in Mayport ready for its departure. | Steven Ponson, Jacksonville Today
June 18, 2024

Jacksonville expedition will study white sharks in Europe

The nonprofit research group Ocearch is leaving Mayport to study white sharks in the waters off western Europe and the…

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June 18, 2024

Former cop sentenced for giving information to criminals

Christopher Barr was accused of accessing police databases to share information with criminals.…

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A black skimmer protects its chick in a nest. | Florida Fish and Wildlilfe Conservation Commission, WGCU
June 14, 2024

Shorebird nests delay Amelia Island dredging

A project to dredge the Nassau River and nearby waterways has been delayed until early October.…

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The Jaguars are proposing a $1.4 billion renovation of EverBank Stadium. | Jacksonville Jaguars
June 13, 2024

Public hearing scheduled on stadium renovation

The hearing will take place Monday as a debate continues over the community benefits segment of the stadium agreement.…

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A new type of loan scam targets sailors on the First Coast. l Rodion Kutsaiev, Unsplash.
June 11, 2024

Loan scam targets sailors along the First Coast

About 20 sailors in Northeast Florida have fallen victim to the scammers, who ask to use their phones and then…

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Pat McCullough served in the U.S. Marine Corps before working in politics and serving as the city of Jacksonville's special assistant to the mayor on civic engagement and youth participation. She is shown marching during the city's Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, 2023. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
June 10, 2024

Honoring female veterans in Northeast Florida

Events are planned all week for Women Veterans Recognition Week, which honors female vets and highlights their daily challenges.…

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are proposing a $1.4 billion renovation of EveryBank Stadium. | Jacksonville Jaguars
June 10, 2024

Second workshop set on stadium renovation

The agenda will include the community benefits portion of the agreement, which would funnel $300 million into the community.…

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Jay Stowe resigned as CEO of JEA in April. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
June 6, 2024

JEA CEO resigned over spending concerns, mayor says

Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan said she is not aware of any wrondoing by former CEO Jay Stowe.…

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The Beach Bowl on Beach Boulevard has been renovated and expanded. | News4Jax
June 6, 2024

Historic Beach Bowl will reopen this month

The bowling alley on Beach Boulevard has been renovated and expanded since closing in 2019.…

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A controversial Chick-fil-A would be built on this land on Bradley Cove Road and Lady Lake Road. The site is next to the North Creek subdivision and across the street from First Coast High School. | News4Jax
June 5, 2024

Controversial Chick-fil-A moves ahead in Oceanway

A City Council committee approved the proposal over residents’ objections. The full City Council is expected to vote June 11.…

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The amount of contaminated recyclables in Jacksonville has dropped by 22%.
June 4, 2024

Jacksonville is doing a better job of recycling

The rate of contaminated recycling in the city has dropped nearly 22% due to efforts to educate the public.…

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Silkie’s Chicken and Champagne Bar closed Monday. | Google
June 4, 2024

Popular Silkie’s restaurant closes in Springfield

The owner, former Top Chef contestant Kenny Gilbert, blamed reduced customers, inflation and employee turnover.…

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Blue Cypress Golf Course is undergoing an expansion, adding three new holes and a clubhouse. l Steven Ponson, Jacksonville Today
May 29, 2024

Blue Cypress Golf Course adding 3 holes and clubhouse

The city-owned course in Jacksonville’s University Park area will add three par-3 holes to the nine-hole layout.…

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have proposed renovating EverBank Stadium into the "Stadium of the Future."
May 28, 2024

Public supports stadium plan if community needs are funded

Fifty-six percent of people in a University of North Florida poll supported renovation of EverBank Stadium if the deal includes…

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Melanie Patz, CEO of the United Way of Northeast Florida, said more families are struggling, even with the pandemic ending. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
May 23, 2024

More than a third of local families struggle, study says

Even households above the poverty line are living paycheck to paycheck as costs rise faster than wages, according to the…

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Grunthal Park in the Grand Park neighborhood was renovated in 2023 to convert tennis courts into basketball courts with a playground space. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
May 22, 2024

Jax parks improving, but work remains, report says

A national nonprofit organization, the Trust for Public Land, ranked Jacksonville’s parks 69th of 100 cities nationwide — an improvement…