Will Brown

Will Brown is a Report for America corps member 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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Suzanne Pickett is the president and CEO of the Historic Eastside Community Development Corporation. She grew up Out East and returned to the neighborhood six years ago. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
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…

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Rodney Hurst Sr. was among those who were beaten on Ax Handle Saturday, Aug. 27, 1960. Hurst served as master of ceremonies for the inaugural Jacksonville Civil Rights Conference. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
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…

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Former state Sen. Aaron Bean celebrates winning the Republican primary for Congressional District 4. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
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…

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Tiffany Smith, left, and longtime Sherwood resident Angela Lee discuss candidate information on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
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,…

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Jaguars defensive back Shaquill Griffin celebrates his first quarter fumble recovery during an Aug. 12, 2022 preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.| Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
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…

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority provided more than 34,000 fares to Duval County students in the 2021-22 academic year as part of the My Ride 2 School program. Both the authority, and Duval County Public Schools, anticipate the number to increase this year. | Jacksonville Transportation Authority
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,…

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The Jacksonville Beach pier from an aerial perspective. | Helena Karst
August 8, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | What is Jacksonville today?

What is Jacksonville Today? Florida State College at Jacksonville students answered that question through images.…

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Kyle Lampkin, co-founder of Laundr, won the Black Founders Demo Day competition organized by Jacksonville-based venture capital firm PS27 Ventures. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
July 27, 2022

Black-owned startup Laundr gets a boost in Jacksonville

Kyle Lampkin and Michael Behfar are monetizing one of the most mundane parts of adulting: doing laundry. The two childhood…

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A Jacksonville Today analysis of voter data shows the percentage of each ZIP code's voters who need to update their ID info.
July 20, 2022

1-in-3 Duval mail-ballot voters are ineligible to vote unless they update their IDs. See where they live

With less than five weeks remaining until the August primaries, a third of the 97,999 Duval voters who requested vote-by-mail…

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Cheri Randolph is one of 10 homeowners who moved into homes built by the Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation this year. The non-profit aims to revive the middle class in 19 Northwest Jacksonville neighborhoods and communities. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
July 11, 2022

City, nonprofits offer help for homebuyers in Northwest Jacksonville 

Cheri Randolph is a homebody. She prefers cooking a meal for her boys and the other mundane activities that turn…

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Jaxport CEO Eric Green celebrates harbor deepening on May 23, 2022. The $410 million project is projected to produce scores of jobs in Jacksonville's maritime industry. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
June 27, 2022

Black labor fuels Jacksonville’s maritime industry

JAXPORT is on pace for another record-setting year in container volume, a volume that would not be possible without its…

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Congressional Black Caucus Executive Director Vince Evans, center, smiles as Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-Maryland), left, and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina) greet each other during a meeting with members of the National Pan Hellenic Council on June 14, 2022. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today.
June 20, 2022

From Green Cove Springs to D.C.: Congressional Black Caucus executive director has local roots 

A Jax Today Q&A with Vince Evans Vince Evans stood against a wall, listening and nodding as Rep. Sheila Jackson…

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Arnisha Johnson, right, and Shontae Jackson, center, listen to city officials discuss the criteria for the Jacksonville Rise Up Mini Grant program that will be allocated through the Safety and Crime Reduction Commission. The $336,000 program will award up to $9,000 to local nonprofits to prevent violent crime. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
June 12, 2022

To fight violent crime, Jacksonville offering Rise Up grants for nonprofits

Shontae Jackson does not need to be told how devastating it can be when a family member’s life is shockingly…

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The City of Jacksonville provided $1 million for LISC Jacksonville to allocate through its Small Business Equity Fund grant program. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
June 6, 2022

Jacksonville’s Small Business Equity Fund is stimulus for overlooked companies

Dara Davis started All Construction Group, a company she operates out of her home on Jacksonville’s Northside, in March of…

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Joe Bruno was a senior vice president and Jacksonville market manager with Wells Fargo Advisors before being fired in late 2021.
May 26, 2022

Former Jax area Wells Fargo SVP says he was fired for objecting to fake interviews for non-white candidates

A Jax Today Q&A with Joe Bruno Joe Bruno, a former executive at Wells Fargo, claimed this month in The…

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Hazel Gillis is the president of the James Weldon Johnson chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Her organization, and Black-led groups in town, feels left out of Jacksonville's bicentennial celebration that is slated for June. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
May 17, 2022

Some Black groups say they were left out of Jacksonville’s bicentennial, so they’re holding their own events instead

Celebrating the city’s two centuries of history – warts and all – was the challenge the Jacksonville Historical Society was…

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Will Brown comes to Jacksonville Today from the Jacksonville Business Journal, where he covered JAXPORT and more.
May 11, 2022

Hello, I’m Jacksonville Today Reporter Will Brown

The first time I truly understood the power, the potential and grace of journalism was when I screwed up. I…