Will Brown

Will Brown is a Report for America corps members 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.

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November 30, 2022

UF quarterback Jalen Kitna booked on child porn charges

University of Florida quarterback Jalen Kitna has been arrested on charges related to child pornography. Gainesville police say Kitna was booked Wednesday after he shared images of child sexual abuse via the Discord social media network. According to the Alachua County Clerk of Courts website, the 19-year-old faces 10 second-degree felony charges of possession with intent to promote. Kitna was

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November 29, 2022

DeSantis awards grant for rail improvements on Westside

Gov. Ron DeSantis was at Cecil Airport on Tuesday to award a $5.5 million grant from the Governor’s Job Growth Grant Fund. DeSantis said the improved access to CSX-owned tracks could lure manufacturers to Jacksonville.

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November 28, 2022

2 new Northwest Jacksonville schools mix HBCU culture with elementary curriculum

Mikynzi Alexander spoke with confidence as she recited Useni Eugene Perkins’ poem “Hey, Black Child” at her school’s ribbon-cutting last month.  Mikynzi is a first-grader at Becoming Collegiate Academy, where she learned the poem this fall, concluding with the lines:  Learn what you must learn Do what you can do And tomorrow your nation will be what you want it

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November 22, 2022

QUIZ: How well do Jaxsons know soccer?

The men’s World Cup kicked off in the Middle East for the first time this week, as host nation Qatar lost 2-0 to Ecuador in its first match. The tournament is welcoming the U.S. men’s national team after an eight-year absence. The Americans tied Wales 1-1 on Monday. Ahead of Friday’s match against England, test yourself to get up to

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November 15, 2022

Black Restaurant Week puts spotlight on Northeast Florida’s culinary diversity

Nearly a dozen Northeast Florida eateries are participating in Black Restaurant Week.  The Jacksonville restaurants offering special dishes this week include a vegan restaurant, pie shop, Caribbean-themed diner, a bakery and a baked-potato franchise. Funnel Cake Queen Icecapade Frozen Treats Irie Diner Caribbean Restaurant Kravegan Where Food is Love Little Black Box Mixed Fillings Pie Shop Mr. Potato Spread (Jacksonville

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November 10, 2022

Duval’s colon cancer rate is higher than Florida’s. A local doctor studied whether personal phone calls about screening could help. 

When Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuts this week it will serve as a cinematic eulogy to Chadwick Boseman. The actor portrayed a handful of legendary characters who resonated with millions of Black Americans — Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, Levee Green in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom  — but he was most revered for playing T’Challa in 2018’s Black Panther.

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November 8, 2022

Aaron Bean leads GOP wave in congressional races

Aaron Bean will be Northeast Florida’s representative in the newly drawn Congressional District 4. The Fernandina Beach resident comfortably defeated Jacksonville resident Lashonda “LJ” Holloway. As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, Bean had 60.7% of the counted votes, according to unofficial results. He addressed nearly 200 supporters inside the SpringHill Suites in Fernandina Beach shortly after 8 p.m. when his victory

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November 7, 2022

Trailblazer Dr. Charles B. McIntosh paves path for clinic, community center in Northwest Jax

A smile slowly crept across Dr. Charles B. McIntosh’s face as he watched the unveiling last week of a rendering of the community center that will bear his name.  The longtime Jacksonville pediatrician’s legacy is being affixed to the facility in Northwest Jacksonville, meant to both address health disparities and provide a place for youth in the area to gather.

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November 3, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | Unity vigil to denounce anti-Semitism in Jacksonville

Mariam Feist was direct: It is going to take a community-wide effort to “combat the root causes of bias.” Feist, CEO of the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida, was among the hundreds who gathered at James Weldon Johnson Park on Thursday evening for a unity vigil to denounce the series of anti-Semitic incidents in Jacksonville last weekend. “Jacksonville

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October 25, 2022

Could Duval’s Black voters dictate the Florida midterms? 

Moné Holder does not need to be reminded of the importance of next month’s elections. “If we’re about to energize, mobilize, galvanize folks from Duval County, I believe it will be a huge impact in elections this November,” says Holder, a senior director with the progressive-leaning Florida Rising advocacy group. Hers is one of the groups — among them, national

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