Best Local Journalist: Katie Jeffries

January 20, 2023
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Best Local Journalist

Katie Jeffries

First Coast News anchor, traffic reporter and news reporter Katie Jeffries has always had a passion for journalism. From a young age, Jeffries parents believed she would grow up to be a lawyer or a writer because of her love for investigating, debating and writing stories. She more than surpassed their expectations by becoming an investigative journalist and even being voted Jacksonvile’s Best Local Journalist.

In May of 2017, Jeffries created an investigative series called “Unsolved” which profiles Jacksonville’s cold cases. In 2019, the series earned her an Emmy (one of three she’s won) and in 2020 the series directly led to the solving of a missing persons case in Jacksonville Beach. 

Since the beginning of her career, Jeffries has made a name for herself in Cincinnati, New York City and now Jacksonville. She’s won multiple awards for her work and covered numerous national stories from hurricanes to murder trials. 

Jeffries’ passion to tell stories that matter is so strong, she drives other journalists to do the same, making her the clear winner for the Best Local Journalist. –Carmen Macri

Since a young age, Carmen Macri knew she wanted to be a writer. She started as our student intern and has advanced to Multi-media Journalist/Creative. She graduated from the University of North Florida and quickly found her home with Folio Weekly. She juggles writing, photography and running Folio’s social media accounts.

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