Robert Grant is a weekend morning anchor and reporter for Action News Jax. He joined the team in August 2020. During his time in Jacksonville, Robert covered the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killers, and growing pains that come with Northeast Florida's population boom. Before that, Robert reported in Knoxville, TN, where he was a multimedia journalist and weekend morning anchor. Robert was awarded an Emmy for his part in team coverage of a large trash fire that sparked evacuations and environmental concerns in North Knoxville. Robert also won an Edward R. Murrow award for his work on an enterprise piece featuring Knoxville College’s solo graduate at its Summer 2019 ceremony. Knoxville College is a historically black school founded in 1875, but went through a decline in the 1970s. Robert’s work highlighted the school’s work to turnaround retention rates and rejuvenate the campus. Robert also reported in the Black Hills of South Dakota for two years and anchored the station’s weekend evening shows. While there, Robert covered big stories including the Buffalo Roundup, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and surging meth rates on the Pine Ridge Reservation. A New Hampshire native, Robert graduated from Quinnipiac University with a broadcast journalism degree in May 2014. When not out reporting, you can usually find Robert on the golf course, at the gym, or hanging out with friends.
Trash at Jacksonville’s only landfill is piling up beyond this year’s budgeted amount. The City of Jacksonville’s Public Works department said the curbside recycling pause last year could be partially to blame.