Kent Justice co-anchors News4Jax 11 p.m. newscasts weeknights with Joy Purdy, and hosts "This Week in Jacksonville," Channel 4's hot topics and politics public affairs show each Sunday morning at 9 a.m.. Civic leaders, business professionals, and nonprofit activists spend time in conversation with Kent about the big issues in our area.
As our political reporter, Kent has covered national political party conventions and local races for public office and everything in between. Kent covers military affairs in addition to campaigns and legislation. Kent is a seasoned debate moderator, hosting congressional candidates for District 4 and District 5, in addition to candidates for state attorney, during an unprecedented three debates in three nights week in August 2016.
Prior to primary elections in 2014, Kent moderated forums for candidates from school board and county commission up to Congress, as he did in 2012. Kent also provided moderating duties on veterans issues with question and answers for members of the House of Representatives.
Kent has been involved in community causes since he arrived in Northeast Florida in 2010. Kent leads the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer's Association Central and North Florida Chapter serving 31 counties. He joined the Board of Directors for Hands On Jacksonville in 2014. He has also contributed to PACT Prevention Coalition of St. Johns County, the A.S.S.I.S.T program for homeless youth in St. Johns County Schools and the Communications Academy Advisory Board at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra. Kent also serves as a volunteer at his home church in Nocatee.
Kent says he has a passion for sharing the important stories in each person’s life, through any medium available. “The assignment I truly loved, though, was as a consumer advocate. Working to help people solve their problems, especially when they were being taken advantage of. That’s so rewarding to me.”
He has reported in Columbus, Ohio, in California (Santa Barbara and the Central Coast), in South Dakota and in Montana. Kent launched his professional journalism career at 17 years old as a sports writer for a large San Francisco area newspaper chain.