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Bill Bortzfield

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.

He was the homepage editor for Jacksonville.com and worked on projects that included an automotive column and podcast, along with handling assignments such as elections and special web sections.

He's covered stories ranging from presidents and community leaders to hurricane preparations and beyond.

Bill also worked as the Digital Director at First Coast News, overseeing the stations' website, apps and social media platforms. 

He got his start as a TV news producer, working at stations including KRIV-Fox 26, where he also served as the assistant news director and at KESQ-ABC 3, where he was the station's news director.

Married with two grown children, Bill enjoys cars, motorcycles and most importantly - family and friends.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday the nation’s first fully automated Rapid DNA collection process is now being used at the Leon County Detention Facility.

Widespread condemnation has been pouring in since a weekend attack against Republican Party volunteers signing up voters at the Walmart Supercenter at Atlantic and Kernan boulevards.

A plan to revamp Florida’s fireworks law is headed to the Senate floor. 

Are there a bunch of Scrooges in Florida or here on the First Coast?

With legislators in Florida and other states looking at allowing college athletes to get paid for endorsements, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and other members of the U.S. Senate said Monday they want to work on the issue nationally.

Rubio is one of five senators who announced a bipartisan “working group” to delve into the issue. “I look forward to continuing our work to ensure both athletes and college sports can continue to thrive,” Rubio said in a prepared statement.

A large majority of voters approve of the job Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is doing, according to the University of North Florida’s Opinion Research Lab.

Anglers take note: You now have six additional recreational red snapper fishing days to take advantage of this year.

Area drivers are beginning to see some gasoline shortages as Hurricane Dorian is on track to hit Florida  before the end of the Labor Day weekend. 

Hurricane Dorian’s economic impact is already being felt in Jacksonville as Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday afternoon that the football game between Florida State University and Boise State University is being moved to Tallahassee.

There have been almost 100,000 traffic crashes in Florida so far this year with 838 deaths and more than 63,000 injuries.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, about an hour's drive north of Tampa, announced on Friday its underwater memaid theater is open.

Monday morning's commute along Interstate 295 between the Buckman Bridge and Interstate 95 could be significantly faster, but it will cost you.

Here’s a job opportunity that doesn’t come along every day.

An incentive that has helped grow the market for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) may be in jeopardy.

Florida is seeing strong job growth in the solar sector.

Floridians in August would get a 10-day sales tax “holiday” for back-to-school shopping, under a bill proposed Tuesday in the Senate.

Floridians in August would get a 10-day sales tax “holiday” for back-to-school shopping, under a bill proposed Tuesday in the Senate.

The American Automobile Association is predicting 5.9 million Floridians will be traveling this holiday season.

The ninth annual veterans survey from the Jacksonville-based Wounded Warriors Project shows those surveyed made a 40 percent employment gain between 2014 and 2018.

This week on The Florida Roundup we present an encore presentation of highlights from past programs.

On this week’s Florida Roundup we’re looking at the Florida recount and the slow recovery in the Panhandle.

Here’s an only in Florida story we just couldn’t resist sharing.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams released a statement Monday afternoon in the wake of six people being shot near TIAA Bank Field. The stadium will be the site of the annual rivalry game between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.

The Mayo Clinic is continuing its expansion in Jacksonville.

The owner of Chicago Pizza & Sports Grille and GLHF Game Bar, where a mass shooting occurred Sunday at The Jacksonville Landing, is speaking out.

It looks as though Florida’s reputation as a friendly place to retire remains secure.

Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano and incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva met with leaders of the Seminole Tribe of Florida as lawmakers attempt to craft a gambling proposal, Galvano told The News Service of Florida.

BOCA RATON --- Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis walked across the stage Monday as the late rocker Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” played in a crowded room at a Boca Raton hotel.

The city of Jacksonville has taken another step toward suing pharmaceutical companies for their alleged role in the city’s opioid addiction crisis.

If you’ll be hitting the road this Thanksgiving you’ll have plenty of company, with an estimated 2.6 million Floridians expected to travel 50 miles or more.


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