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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September 18, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | Jaguars win home opener shutout

The Jaguars thumped Indianapolis 24-0 on Sunday afternoon in their 2022 home opener. The paid attendance of 58,360 may have been one of the smallest for a home opener, but the players and coaches certainly fed off the energy. “I thought we had a really good crowd today. They got loud on a couple of defensive fourth down plays, you

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September 16, 2022

First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate. Appreciate. Educate. The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and numerous others in the region, will do all three for the next five weeks as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Duval County has more than 115,000 Hispanic residents. First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president Monica Hernandez says Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to highlight the contributions of

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September 8, 2022

Jaguars, NFL kick off with newfound commitment to coaching diversity

The NFL realizes it has a coaching diversity problem and the Jaguars are actively addressing it. When the Jaguars kick off against the Washington Commanders on Sunday afternoon, the team will have 10 on-field assistant coaches who are minorities. It will also have a Black coordinator for the first time in a decade. The team’s commitment to making pathways for

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September 5, 2022

UNF alum leads Diversity in Business program to recruit more Black students

A Jax Today Q&A with Audrieanna Burgin Audrieanna Burgin could not resist coming home. Burgin is a Jacksonville native and University of North Florida alumna who lived on the Southside and other areas of town before graduating from what is now known as Riverside High School. She is beginning her first full academic year as the director of UNF’s Diversity

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August 31, 2022

Eastside gearing up for renaissance on its terms

Bobby Graham doesn’t trust the city of Jacksonville. The lifelong Eastside resident has seen too many promises go unfulfilled to put his faith in City Hall. But his confidence in the Eastside will never wane. He sees his once-thriving, predominantly Black neighborhood as sitting on the precipice of a renaissance. The community’s resistance to gentrification has spurred what community advocates

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August 28, 2022

Civil rights conference faces Jacksonville’s past, present and future: ‘It’s in your hands’ 

The inaugural Jacksonville Civil Rights Conference this past weekend explored how the city can move beyond its segregated history and stratified present. More needs to be done, the speakers said.  Education is key  Keynote speaker Johnnetta Betsch Cole said, “It’s not hyperbole, it is not an exaggeration when I say: The democracy in my country is under attack. And, most

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August 23, 2022

Rutherford, Cammack, Bean roll in Republican primaries; Holloway leads by tiny margin in D4 Dem contest

John Rutherford will return to Congress for a fourth term in the House of Representatives. The Jacksonville congressman defeated challengers Mara Macie and Luna Lopez to represent Congressional District 5. As of 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Rutherford won 65.7% of the vote. Because there is not a Democrat or write-in candidate in the race, Rutherford will be sworn for a fourth

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August 21, 2022

Duval’s Black voters have mixed thoughts on congressional redistricting

Tuesday’s primary election will likely begin to close the book on a three-decade run of Black congressional representation in Jacksonville, as the region’s “minority access district,” Congressional District 5 currently represented by Democrat Al Lawson, becomes history. Two Black candidates, Democrats Tony Hill and LaShonda “LJ” Holloway, are running to replace Lawson, but election prognosticators consider the newly drawn District

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August 14, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | Jaguars show flashes in preseason loss to Cleveland

The Jaguars lost their second straight preseason game on Friday night, falling 24-13 to Cleveland. Jacksonville led 13-0, however, when both teams pulled their starters in the second quarter, which Jags coach Doug Pedersen called an encouraging sign. Pederson said, “We did get a couple of field goals early, which was good, and then ultimately the touchdown there in the

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August 12, 2022

More Duval students could take JTA city buses to school

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority may be one of the solutions to Duval County’s school bus driver shortage. Later this month, the JTA board of directors will vote on a proposal to formally expand and make permanent the My Ride 2 School program, which provides free fare to Duval County middle and high school students. The program launched as a pilot

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