Steven Ponson

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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The Jacksonville Humane Society is dealing with an influx of kittens. l Jacksonville Humane Society
1 day ago

Hundreds of kittens land at Jax Humane Society

The Jacksonville Humane Society is asking for the public’s help after an influx of kittens in the past month.…

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Demand is increasing to feed food-insecure people in Northeast Florida. l Feeding Northeast Florida
2 days ago

More families desperate for food than during the pandemic

Feeding Northeast Florida says it is distributing 17% more food now than during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Leaders in the Beaches communities are urging Duval County Public Schools not to make changes to schools in their communities. l Element5 Digital, Unsplash
April 16, 2024

Beaches leaders fight to preserve schools

Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach city councils voted to oppose the closure or consolidation of schools in their communities.…

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Jay Stowe resigned as CEO of JEA. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
April 15, 2024

Interim CEO appointed to replace departing Jay Stowe

JEA veteran Vickie Cavey was appointed as interim CEO after Jay Stowe resigned in a “mutual decision” with the Board…

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Cellphone video shows large crowds of people on the beach Sunday night near the pier in Jacksonville Beach on March 17, 2024. Two people are seen fighting in the sand. | Jacksonville Beach Police Department
April 11, 2024

Jax Beach considers options to stem unruly crowds

The city may crack down on unauthorized events after three shootings on St. Patrick’s Day.…

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Atlantic Beach city commissioners approved a resolution Monday urging Duval County Schools to keep Atlantic Beach Elementary School open. | News 4 Jax
April 9, 2024

Leaders fight possible closure of Atlantic Beach Elementary

Duval County Public Schools is considering a recommendation to close 37 schools across the county.…

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April 9, 2024

Assessing Jacksonville’s health insurance campaign

The Get Covered Jax program signed up nearly 41,000 people for health insurance, but it trailed other large metro areas…

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Police converge on downtown Jacksonville Beach on March 17 after multiple shootings left one person dead and three others injured. | News4Jax
April 2, 2024

Jax Beach decides against moratorium on events

City Council rejected an ordinance that would have put a moratorium on special event permits in response to three shootings…

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Students walk by Century Tower on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. | Sam Thomas, Fresh Take Florida
March 28, 2024

UF graduate campus gets green light in Jacksonville

The Florida Board of Governors approved plans for a University of Florida graduate campus Downtown.…

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The Museum of Science & History plans a new, larger museum on the Northbank. | MOSH
March 26, 2024

MOSH gets $10 million boost from CSX for new museum

The donation is the largest yet in a campaign to build a new Museum of Science & History on the…

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Two people died Monday when this small plane crashed in St. Augustine. | News4Jax
March 25, 2024

Two dead in St. Augustine plane crash

A small plane crashed in the woods while trying to return to the Northeast Florida Regional Airport shortly after takeoff.…

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The Carnival Elation sails year-round from Jacksonville to the Bahamas. l Jaxport
March 25, 2024

Carnival will continue to cruise from Jax through 2026

Jaxport on Monday extended its agreement with Carnival Cruise Line, which sails the Elation from Jacksonville to the Bahamas.…

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Road construction is planned for a section of New Berlin Road in Jacksonville's Oceanway community. | News4Jax.
March 22, 2024

New Berlin Road widening worries some residents

Residents are worried about traffic flow during a road construction project in the Oceanway community.…

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A Jacksonville Today reader wonders why voters can't cast their ballot at any polling place.
March 22, 2024

#AskJAXTDY l Why can’t I vote at any polling place on Election Day?

A Jacksonville Today reader wonders why voters can’t cast their ballots at any polling location, the same as they can…

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A voting precinct in Jacksonville's Lakewood neighborhood. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
March 18, 2024

What to expect during Tuesday’s presidential primary in Florida

The election is a closed primary, meaning only registered Republicans can cast a ballot for one of the seven presidential…

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Virgilio Aguilar-Mendez is released from custody. | News4Jax
March 18, 2024

Migrant worker released in deputy’s death

Virgilio Aguilar-Mendez was released from custody after charges against him were dropped in the death of St. Johns County Sgt.…

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Uncertainty surrounds Jax ethics commission following ethics legislation approval.
March 12, 2024

Ethics officials worry new law will tie their hands

The Jacksonville Ethics Commission says new restrictions on ethics complaints could foster misconduct by public officials.…

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A person sits near their tent in an empty lot near Ashley and Clay streets in Downtown Jacksonville on March 8, 2024. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
March 8, 2024

Homeless population soars in parts of Northeast Florida

The number of unsheltered people in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties increased by 43% this year, according to Changing Homelessness.…

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Early voting starts this week across Northeast Florida ahead of the March 19 Presidential Preference Primary.
March 7, 2024

Where to vote early in the presidential primary

The early voting period for the Presidential Preference Primary in Florida begins this week across Northeast Florida.…

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Aldi bought Southeastern Grocers Inc., the parent company of Winn-Dixie. | Jessica Palombo, Jacksonville Today
March 7, 2024

Aldi completes purchase of Winn-Dixie stores

Aldi acquired Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarkets from Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers. A “significant number” of the stores will be converted to…

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This rip rap was constructed behind HGTV's Dream Home on Anastasia Island. | St. Augustine Planning and Zoning Board
March 5, 2024

Decision delayed on HGTV Dream Home in St. Augustine

St. Augustine’s Planning and Zoning Board will wait until next month to consider a retaining wall that builders installed without…

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Neptune Beach will add speed cameras to school zones. | News4Jax
March 5, 2024

Neptune Beach cameras will catch speeders in school zones

The city has decided to install automatic cameras in school zones. Speeders will receive $100 tickets in the mail.…

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March 5, 2024

Low-income residents get help to reduce energy bills

Jacksonville has received a $845,350 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct energy audits and make home improvements.…

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Sulzbacher has started a catering service to benefit its two kitchens and workforce development. l Inside the Box via X.
March 4, 2024

Sulzbacher launches catering service to benefit homeless

The service, called Inside the Box, will support Sulzbacher’s two kitchens and help people develop food service skills.…