Abukar Adan

Abukar has joined the WJCT News from Maine Public, which is based in Portland, Maine.

He grew up in Portland and recently graduated from Colby College. Abukar got his start in radio journalism as a 2016 Jim Dowe Public Media Intern at Maine Public, where he produced a series of stories about Muslims in Maine.

Abukar continued to freelance for Maine Public Radio throughout his senior year and eventually joined the team as a reporter. Before coming to Maine Public Radio, he was an editorial assistant for the Colby Magazine, a Huffington Post blogger, and the News Director of Colby's WMHB Radio Station.

A $10 million funding request by UF Health Jacksonville to help renovate its trauma center and emergency room is getting support from state lawmakers.

A Senate Bill that would permanently cut back the time Floridians have to apply for Medicaid if they want healthcare costs retroactively covered is up for debate when lawmakers reconvene in Tallahassee next week.


  A Senate Bill that would block life-insurance companies from using genetic tests to determine coverage is gaining some traction in the Florida Legislature.

Even though the rate of new HIV diagnoses is declining nationwide, Jacksonville’s is on the rise. And African-Americans are most likely to be infected.

In particular, black women in Northeast Florida are almost 7.3 times more likely to contract HIV than white women, according to the Florida Department of Health.    

But one Jacksonville advocate is on a mission to close that gap — starting with young girls.  


  A Florida Senate Committee Tuesday approved moving legislation forward aimed at preventing local municipalities from regulating homeowners’ vegetable gardens.


  Jacksonville resident Kent Stermon is leading Florida Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis’ advisory committee on public safety.  

Those fishing from Florida’s coastlines may soon be barred from the popular practice of using chum to attract sharks near beaches.


  The Jacksonville nonprofit JASMYN is adding a new safety-net resource center to support homeless young people at its Riverside campus.

Some Jacksonville parents Thursday joined the League of Women Voters in filing a lawsuit against the Duval County Public School District for hiring armed staffers to patrol school grounds.

With World AIDS Day coming up on Saturday, city leaders and advocates kicked off a weeklong awareness campaign Monday at Jacksonville’s City Hall with the 19th annual AIDs Quilt Ceremony.