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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People in Clay County can get elections information through a new texting service. l Paul Hanaoka via Unsplash.
5 hours ago

Clay County voters can get elections information by text

The supervisor of elections has launched a new texting service that allows voters to access information or report issues 24/7.…

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A new logistics park is under construction at the corner of Lem Turner Road and Interstate 295. l Cushman & Wakefield.
May 17, 2024

#AskJAXTDY l What’s being built at Lem Turner Road and I-295?

A Jacksonville Today reader wonders why land is being cleared in Northwest Jacksonville.…

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JEA has reached an agreement to develop three solar energy facilities in Jacksonville. l Zbynek Burival, Unsplash
May 15, 2024

More solar energy resources coming to JEA

The city-owned utility has reached an agreement with Florida Renewable Partners to develop three solar energy facilities in Jacksonville.…

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A support professional sits with three participants in sensory and cognitive activities at Pine Castle. l Aaron Mervin, Pine Castle
May 15, 2024

Options expand for people with intellectual differences

Pine Castle, a Jacksonville organization that serves people with special needs, recently opened up 200 new slots for people to…

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Ascension health care reported that it's dealing with a "cyber security event" across the country. l Shahadat Rahman via Unsplash.
May 9, 2024

Ascension heath system hit with ‘cyber security event’

The situation is disrupting some systems and clinical operations across the country, Ascension said.…

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May 9, 2024

First-ever JaxReady Fest will set stage for hurricane season

The free festival includes informational sessions and interactive events. It runs Friday and Saturday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.…

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Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida compete Sept. 23, 2023, at Southern Oak Stadium. | Official Florida FC
May 8, 2024

Sports foundation launched to bring events to Jax

The Jacksonville Sports Foundation will try to lure major sporting events to town. Meanwhile, the ASUN Conference is moving its…

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May 3, 2024

30 sailors and Marines injured off Jacksonville coast

A training incident involving two landing craft air cushions occurred about 100 nautical miles off the coast.…

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Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol works with the Army Corps of Engineers and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to protect sea turtles during beach renourishment. l Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
May 3, 2024

#AskJAXTDY l Does beach renourishment disturb sea turtles?

A Jacksonville Today reader wonders if sea turtles are at risk when beaches are renourished during nesting season.…

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Walmart is closing all of its 51 health centers in five states, including six in Northeast Florida.
May 1, 2024

Walmart is closing all 6 health centers on First Coast

Overall, Walmart will close 51 health centers in five states that have not made money.…

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The Duval County jail. | Jacksonville Daily Record
April 30, 2024

Corrections officer among 17 charged in Duval jail drug ring

Sheriff T.K. Waters said investigators got a tip that corrections officer Kobe Collett was smuggling drugs into the jail.…

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Beach renourishment efforts started Monday, April 29, 2024, along Duval County's beaches. l Steven Ponson, Jacksonville Today
April 29, 2024

Beach renourishment begins along Duval shoreline

The beach restoration is the first in Duval County since 2019. The federal government pays the $32 million cost.…

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A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office police officer has resigned after he was charged with hitting a vehicle and leaving the scene this past weekend. l File
April 23, 2024

Jacksonville cop accused of crashing cruiser and fleeing

Officer John Burr was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving injuries. He has resigned from the Jacksonville…

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Amelia is one of the dogs at Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services shelter. The shelter needs 60 foster homes for dogs while repairs are made to air conditioning. | Animal Care and Protective Services
April 23, 2024

Jax dog shelter is desperate for foster homes

Animal Care and Protective Services needs foster homes for 60 dogs by Wednesday as repairs are made to the shelter’s…

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Reported impersonation scams have been on the rise in Florida over the last five years. l Rodion Kutsaiev, Unsplash.
April 22, 2024

That call you got from the IRS may be a scam

The number of impersonation scams reported in Florida has increased 84% per capita in five years, FBI data shows.…

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The Jacksonville Humane Society is dealing with an influx of kittens. l Jacksonville Humane Society
April 18, 2024

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
April 17, 2024

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.…