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First Coast News

Traffic, Sports, Weather News of Jacksonville

First Coast News logoFirst Coast News started its service in 1957 as an NBC affiliated. The company is serving Jacksonville, Florida, United States. Florida-Georgia Television company, Inc. owned and operating the station. The call sign of the channel is WFGA. Moreover, WFGA was the first TV station in the United States that start color broadcasting. Before the proper on-air services of the channel, the viewers of Jacksonville were watching only local live and film color. You can watch the First Coast News live stream on its official website and its Google app.

You can refer First Coast News to three TV channels in Jacksonville, Florida. TV stations such as:

WTLV, the NBC affiliate channel. It broadcasts its news operation as First Coast News live stream together with its sister-channel WJXX. Likewise, WJXX is the ABC affiliate channel, broadcasts its news operation as FCN. Together with its sister-channel WTLV, the station airs news. Whereas, WCWL, the CW affiliate station, which formerly (then branded as WJKS) as First Coast News till 1996 after the ending of its ABC affiliation.

First Coast News Live Stream

You can watch the First Coast News live stream on the official website of the channel. Also, through the mobile app. The channel covers news about entertainment and politics news. Moreover, it telecasts traffic, sports, and local events in the city. You can also check the live stream on the YouTube channel. Here below is also a free live stream of First Coast News. Click the play button to start loading.


First Coast News, specifically the crime department of the city. It mainly interrogates and covers the crime stories of Jacksonville and nearby areas. The experienced crime reporters used to reach the crime scene and efficiently professionally made the coverage.


Likewise, crime, the investigation department of the TV station is working effectively to investigate the mishappenings in the city. Furthermore, the investigation crew of the channel proactively and courageously face unexpected situations during their reporting.

First Coast News building
1070 East Adams StreetJacksonville, FL 32202 | Courtesy:

Florida Lottery

For lottery lovers, the TV station proudly offers fun and excitement for all who want to play it. It provides several new interesting games, bigger prizes, and more winners. Some of the most famous lottery games of Florida Lottery are:

Games of Florida Lottery
Florida Lotto DrawingFantasy 5 drawing
Powerball DrawingJackpot Triple Play Drawing
Pick 5 DrawingMega Millions Drawing
Luck Money DrawingCASH4LIFE Drawing

These lottery schemes allow different games and prizes according to their categories. The announce the lucky winners’ names on the channel as well as on the official website as per schedule.

Keitha Nelson, Lauren Rautenkranz, Alex Osiadacz, Brooks Baptiste, Katie Jeffries, and Lindsey Garske
Keitha Nelson, Lauren Rautenkranz, Alex Osiadacz, Brooks Baptiste, Katie Jeffries, and Lindsey Garske | Source: facebook page

2020 U.S. Presidential Elections

Here is good news for political news lovers, the channel has deep coverage of 2020 presidential elections. Using their social media platforms, especially Twitter, they use to update the daily vote status of both US political parties. You can visit and follow the official twitter page of First Coast News live stream to keep you up to date.


In this section, the First Coast News Jacksonville shares the love stories of adversity, kindness, city’s local heroes, and much more. One can also send his/her story in the channel’s Contact Us section if he wants to share it with others. In short, we can say that the channel shares the most touching stories of Jacksonville.

First Coast News Jacksonville Google Play App

One can keep him up-to-date with the current news about health, politics, sports, entertainment by installing the channel’s app. TEGNA is the owner and publisher of the app. The app features the latest breaking news, interactive weather updates, and live stream of local events of Jacksonville. You can also receive real-time breaking news notifications on a smartphone. Likewise, you can read the news and exclusive investigative stories in written form. It is the official app of and WTLV, the ABC affiliate serving the Jacksonville region.

Other features of the app include live video breaking news and newscast. After installing the app, one can also discover and dive into news topics that matter to him. Similarly, receive personalized updates of favorite topics. For your convenience, the app provides the option to share stories and videos with friends and family. Parents of school-going children receive information on school delays and closings during the time of coronavirus pandemic.

First Coast News studio
The Studio of First Coast News | Credits: Official twitter profile

Weather News at First Coast News

First Coast News offers Jacksonville and nearby weather forecast and radar from WJXX & WTLV. The team of expert meteorologists is forecasting the weather using First Coast News weather radar. They predict the accurate severe weather conditions before adopting precautionary measurements. One can make aware himself from weekend storms by tracking them on the Channel’s official website and app. The channel also provides the weather map of Jacksonville and nearby areas to make your road trips safe.

First Coast News presents the 10-day forecast of the local weather using the latest weather radar and other equipment. Meteorologists using their skills and experience produce an accurate forecast of the region. Moreover, the channel is also sharing the hourly weather forecast of Jacksonville. So, it is not difficult for the local residents to plan their family tours according to the weather forecasts.

Regional Weather Radars and Cameras

First Coast News also uses the regional radar and weather cameras to monitor the local weather and climate. Furthermore, the channel includes insights for humidity in the air, wind speed, and direction. Like other channel’s weather teams, the weather girl of First Coast News also professionally presents the news.

Weather Team of First Coast News

Likewise, the news team, the weather team of First Coast News is also skillful. Using the tactical meteorologist support, they present the accurate weather forecast of Jacksonville. Here below, we will discuss some meteorologists of First Coast News.

Tim Deegan (Meteorologist)

A senior meteorologist First Coast News, Tim Deegan is forecasting the weather of Jacksonville, Florida for a long time. Tim Deegan, a certified member of the American Meteorological Society, working with a news station for several years. Previously, he also worked with KRIS in Corpus Christi, KBTX, and TX in Bryan, TX. The senior meteorologist is famous for his community involvement and his huge interest in teaching kids about meteorology.

First Coast News Good Moring Show set
First Coast News Good Moring Show set | Courtesy: official website
Lauren Rautenkranz

Lauren Rautenkranz is giving her services as a weekend meteorologist for First Coast News NBC 12/ABC 25. She joined the news station in August 2016. Because of her vast experience in the weather field, she forecasts everything from tornadoes and hurricanes to snow and ice. Lauren is a passionate member of the channel and also honored to receive the NEA Seal of Approval. The following are her awards and achievements:

  • National Weather Association Member
  • Ruth and Rae O. Weimer Award
  • National Broadcasting Society, Grand Prize, Video Feature (2)
  • Florida Associated Press Light Feature 2015 Finalist
  • American Meteorological Society Member
  • AERho Honor Society, 2014 Member of the Year
  • UF College of Journalism and Communications Outstanding Scholar

Know about News Team

First Coast News is working with the talented news team. Many of them experience more than thirty years in the field. The news anchors are ultra-successful and competitive in behavior. The responsible team members gather and broadcast the news and current affairs professionally for its viewers. Along with the news programs, the team also prepare documentary content for broadcasting. Here below we will discuss some famous names among the anchors and reporters of First Coast News.


Because of the best broadcast-affiliated website, First Coast News awarded with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award in 2006 and 2007.

Ken Amaro

Ken Amaro is the journalist who starts his career at First Coast News (then the channel knows as 12 News) in 1979. He earned two academic certificates from The Poynter Institute. During his tenure as Consumer Reporter, he reported on swindles, scams, and rip-offs as well as assisted viewers with problem-solving. He achieved several awards during his career, these are:

Anthony Austin

Anthony Austin is giving his services as anchor/reporter for First Coast News NBC 12/ABC 25. He joined the news channel in January 2016 as a reporter and anchor. Further, he moved to the sunshine state after serving as a primary anchor at Time Warner Cable News for two years. Previously, he was a reporter and anchor at the CBS affiliate in his hometown of Tyler. The most memorable assignment of Anthony was to visit Iraq. He spent time with the Fort Hood soldiers. He covered their stories in Iraq as a patriotic soldier after listening to them.

Katie Jeffries on set
Katie Jeffries on set | Source: facebook page

Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy is a reporter and sports anchor at First Coast News – NBC12, ABC25 in Jacksonville, Florida. He previously worked one year as a sports anchor in Charleston, SC, at the NBC affiliate in town. Ben won several awards during his short career as a sports anchor.

Kathryn Jeffries

Kathryn Jeffries is a multiskilled journalist and anchor, and she joined the First Coast News team in May 2012. Besides she worked as Weekend Morning Anchor and Greenville Bureau Chief at the ABC/FOX, WCTI NewsChannel 12 affiliate in New Bern, NC, for two years. The University of Cincinnati’s Electronic Media Department awarded her with the Fredric R. Ziv Award.

First Coast News Overview

WJXX-WTLV and mutually providing the most comprehensive news, community service, and programming to the First Coast. Moreover, the channel founded start broadcasting services on 1st September 1957 as an affiliate operated and owned by Florida-Georgia Television Company, Inc. It starts services with the call sign, WFGA.

It is the first television channel in the United States that starts its services for broadcasting. The website of the First Coast News is the second-most visited news website in the Jacksonville region. Similarly, the website stands fifth-most visited television news website in Florida. The channel awarded with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award because of its best broadcast-affiliated website services in 2006 and 2007.

First Coast News newscasters
First Coast News newscasters | Source: official website


TENGA Inc. owned and operated the First Coast News WJXX-WTLV. It is an innovative media company that serves the good of its communities. Furthermore, TEGNA delivers trusted and relevant content by telling authorizing stories, conducting impactful investigations. It also provides innovative and supreme solutions for advertisers via TEGNA Marketing Solutions.


Here are some major missions of the company.

  • The purpose of TEGNA is to serve the local communities.
  • They use to provide the news & information that the community needs to function as effective citizens.
  • The channel seeks to promote understanding of complex problems


Here is the list of some popular programs of First Coast News. You can watch these programs according to the TV schedule of the channel.

American Ninja Warrior Cincinnati City Qualifiers NBC News: 2020 Republican Convention First Coast News Late Night with Seth Meyers
Today with Hoda and Jenna Pawn Stars Shekel and Hyde First Coast Living Days of Our Lives
NBC Nightly News With Lester Hol Earth Odyssey With Dylan Dreyer First Coast News at Noon Cannonball Tiny Weenie Manikini: Network Cut
Daily Blast Live The Ellen DeGeneres Show NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt Wheel of Fortune Great American Cities: Seattle
Jeopardy! The College Championship America’s Got Talent Live Show 3 Beautiful Homes and Great Estates NHL Hockey Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders
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