First Coast Connect Host Melissa Ross keeps you up to date on everything happening around the First Coast. First Coast Connect covers the issues, trends and newsmakers that have people talking. This one hour program airs at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.
First Coast Connect

First Coast Connect

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Host Melissa Ross keeps you up to date on everything happening around the First Coast. First Coast Connect covers the issues, trends and newsmakers that have people talking. This one hour program airs at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.More from First Coast Connect »

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4/19/2018: Earth Day 2018; Elevate Northeast Florida; Kerry Speckman

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with UNF political science and public administration Assistant Professor Josh Gellers and MOSH planetarium director Eddie Whisler about this weekend's Earth Day (01:08). Northeast Florida Regional Council CEO Brian Teeple discussed the Elevate Northeast Florida regional development strategy (33:56). And Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming up this week (46:00).

4/18/2018: Interim JEA CEO; Distracted Driving; Voices Unearthed; Melanie Lawson

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski regarding the JEA Board of Directors hiring Aaron Zahn as interim CEO (01:10). Local attorney Wayne Hogan told us about April being national Distracted Driving Awareness Month (28:15). Hope McMath from Yellow House talked about a new project at the house called Voices Unearthed (38:39). WJXT anchor Melanie Lawson told us about next week's She is Fierce! Spring event (46:00).

4/18/2018: Interim JEA CEO; Distracted Driving; Voices Unearthed; Melanie Lawson

4/17/2018: ICARE Assembly; Maia Szalavitz; LaVilla Jazz Festival

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment (ICARE) members Pastor Bruce Havens of Arlington UCC Church and Pastor Tan Moss of Greater Grant Memorial AME Church about ICARE's upcoming meeting regarding Jacksonville's criminal justice system (01:14). We spoke with author Maia Szalavitz who will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming 2018 Exchange Club Family Center Child Abuse Prevention Conference (28:19). Cultural Council

4/16/2018: Walking While Black NAACP; Neighborhood Summit; A Night At Roy's; Cole Pepper

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with local civil rights activists Ben Frazier and Wells Todd about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund investigating how Jacksonville police hand out tickets for jaywalking (01:00). We spoke with Jacksonville's Director of Neighborhoods Stephanie Burch and Director of Blight Initiatives Denise Lee on the upcoming Neighborhood and Community Summit (30:26). We heard about the upcoming A Night at Roy's to raise funds for the Monique Burr Foundation with Program

4/16/2018: Walking While Black NAACP; Neighborhood Summit; A Night At Roy's; Cole Pepper

4/13/2018: Media Roundtable; Cottages And Courtyards Tour

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:03). We spoke with Jennifer Harrison with the Amelia Island Museum of History about the upcoming Cottages and Courtyards tour. (46:00).

4/12/2018: One Spark Future; Holocaust Memorial Day; Katie Ride For Life; Gen. W.

Thursday on First Coast Connect we discussed the future of the One Spark crowdfunding festival with Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons (01:01). We commemorated the local observance of World Holocaust Remembrance Day by speaking with second-generation Holocaust survivor Naomi Chase (26:51) . It's National Donate Life Month, and we heard about the upcoming annual Katie Ride for Life with Mayo Clinic transplant specialist Dr. Martin Mai and Katie Caples Foundation spokeswoman Amy

4/12/2018: One Spark Future; Holocaust Memorial Day; Katie Ride For Life; Gen. W.

4/11/2018: JEA Unions; Emerald Necklace; Charity Burn; Library Week

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with JEA employee unions leaders Randy Hilton, President of the local Professional Employees Association and Valerie Gutierrez, President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2358 about their opposition to a possible sale of the utility (01:01). In our latest Going Green segment we spoke with Groundwork Jacksonville CEO Kay Ehas about the proposed Emerald Necklace (29:58). Donna Fenchel, the owner of several local Orangetheory Fitness

4/10/2018: Equal Pay Day; Moveable Feast; First Coast Connect Book Club; Mosaic 2018

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed Equal Pay Day with Paula Liang, Ellen Wiss and Melanie Patz from the Women's Giving Alliance (01:12). Our latest segment of Moveable Feast featured Dea Sims from Your Pie (29:19). This month's First Coast Connect Bookclub with blogger Stacy Goldring featured the novel An Unnecessary Woman . (31:51). We heard about this weekend's Mosaic 2018 with organizers Jeanine Hoff from Where's the Sunshine? and Carmen Joyce of I Still Matter (46:00).

4/10/2018: Equal Pay Day; Moveable Feast; First Coast Connect Book Club; Mosaic 2018

Tommy Hazouri; Child Abuse Prevention Month; Cole Pepper

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri (01:25). April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month. New CEO of Daniel Kids Lesley Wells (36:19) addressed the topic. Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news including the winner of The Masters Patrick Reed (46:00).

4/6/2018: Media Roundtable; Gen W- Shelley Diamond

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Bauerlein from the Florida Times-Union , WJCT business analyst John Burr, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and First Coast Connect producer Kevin Meerschaert (01:06). We spoke with Generation W founder Donna Orender and guest speaker Shelley Diamond about next week's big Gen W conference (46:00).

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