Dave Dunwoody

Assistant News Director

Dave came to WUWF in September, 2002, after 14 years as News Director at the Alabama Radio Network in Montgomery, Mobile and Birmingham and a total of 27 years in commercial radio. During that time, he also served as Alabama Bureau Chief for United Press International.

The Trion, Georgia native was news director at stations in Anniston, Scottsboro and Fort Payne in Alabama, where he also broadcast football, basketball and baseball play-by-play. Dave also “spun the hits” at rock and country music stations in Lafayette, Albany and Rome, Georgia and in Burlington, North Carolina.

During his time at WUWF, Dave has earned a B.A. in Communication Arts/Journalism at the University of West Florida (Class of 2012).  He’s married to the former Linda Shiell, a Pensacola native, and they live in Pensacola with their cats Gigi and Lucy. Dave is also a passionate fan of Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons football; the Atlanta Braves, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Pensacola Ice Flyers, and Tampa Bay Lightning. His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.


In our next installment on local candidates, we meet Ray Guillory – the Democratic nominee from Florida House District-2.

For Guillory – a native of Pensacola and HD-2 – the decision to enter the race was borne in part from a short meeting with then-Rep. Mike Hill over education funding.


High school graduation rates nationwide are at an all-time high, with parts of the Florida Panhandle either holding its own or lagging behind. 

President Obama spoke last week at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. where graduation rates jumped to the highest in the country for the 2014-2015 school year.

“Some of the changes we made were hard; and some of them were controversial,” said the President. “We expected more from our teachers and our students. But the hard work that people have put in across the country has started to pay off.”

UWF Archaeology

There is a rich history surrounding the voyage of Tristan de Luna to what’s now Pensacola. And it’s getting richer with a new discovery by the University of West Florida’s Archaeology program.

Outgoing UWF President Judy Bense making the announcement, at the T.T. Wentworth museum in downtown Pensacola.

“I am absolutely thrilled to tell you that we have discovered a third Luna shipwreck in Pensacola Bay,” said Bense to a round of applause.

Florida Forest Service

Residents in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties are advised to refrain from any type of outdoor burning for the next several days.

It’s getting dry out there.

That’s the word from the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Center, thanks to a cold front that’s bringing a change in the weather.

“It will feel like fall; breezy and quite cool,” said Eric Esbensen, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile. Daytime temperatures will be in the mid-70s this weekend, with lows in the low- to mid-40s.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

In the next installment of our update on the District 1 Congressional race, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with Democratic nominee Steven Specht.

This is Steven Specht’s rookie season, politically speaking, and while Republican Matt Gaetz had to battle seven other candidates in the GOP primary, Specht got to the general election with no opposition. He says so far, no real surprises on the campaign trail.


It’s the home stretch of the 2016 campaign to decide who will succeed Jeff Miller in the U.S. House of Representatives. WUWF spoke with both candidates this week. First up, Republican nominee Matt Gaetz. 

This isn’t the 34-year-old Gaetz’ first rodeo, having won a seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 2010, he was re-elected in 2012 and 2014. He claims to have knocked on more than 8,000 doors in the First Congressional District.


The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s new recycling facility is up and running in Perdido, and it appears residents need a crash course in what to place, and not place, in their recycling cans.

ECUA opened the $10.6 million Interim Materials Recycling Facility in late August. During the dedication ceremony Steve Sorrell, the utility’s Executive Director, pointed to failed partnerships with three private firms since 2009.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Ten days before early voting begins in Florida, Mike Pence made a campaign stop in downtown Pensacola on Friday.
Despite the early afternoon time on a workday, a large crowd gathered in the green space outside Palafox Wharf to greet and support the Republican vice presidential nominee. In his 30-minute speech, Pence didn’t mention reports of the past week, that Trump may have committed sexual assault against several women, including two more who came forward on Friday. But he did talk up the mogul’s fitness for the White House.

The Haas Center at the University of West Florida is conducting its third annual Pensacola Community Survey, in a partnership with the City of Pensacola.

Mayor Ashton Hayward took to Facebook to announce the project, saying the responses will help balance priorities and upgrade services.

Voter registration will run for six more days in the battleground state of Florida, until October 18, due to the disruption and damage from Hurricane Matthew.

At a 40-minute hearing in Tallahassee, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker approved the Florida Democratic Party’s request for an injunction, to extend registration and  give third-party groups that much time to continue to sign up new voters.

Democrats had asked Gov. Rick Scott to extend the deadline, but Scott turned down the request.  

A federal judge in Tallahassee has extended the deadline until Wednesday, for voter registration in Florida for the November 8th general election.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker granted the additional day, with a hearing set for Wednesday involving a temporary restraining order sought by the plaintiffs, and an extension of voter registration through at least October 18.


Last week we brought you the story of Sacred Heart Health System ending its 19-year affiliation with Nemours Children’s Health System, from the Sacred Heart side. Now we hear from Nemours.

Sacred Heart sent out an RFP, Request for Proposals, which was answered by Nemours, University of Florida Health and some others. UF Health won out, and begins their partnership with Sacred Heart on January 1.

Nemours Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mary Mehta, wants to make it clear that this wasn’t their idea.

Training camp begins Wednesday for the Pensacola Ice Flyers, as they prepare to defend their third President’s Cup, the Southern Professional Hockey League championship, in the past four years.

When we last heard from the Ice Flyers in May, forward Josh Cousineau sent into a frenzy about 4,900 fans in the Pensacola Bay Center, aka “The Hangar,”  by scoring with one-tenth of a second remaining in regulation time to beat Peoria 5-4.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Ground has been broken on the University of West Florida’s latest construction project: a mixed-use facility adjacent to Pen Air Federal Credit Union Field.

When University Park Center opens in the spring of 2018, the $6.8 million 32,700 sq. ft. building will house the new football program, along with providing space for the UWF College of Health, and the Florida State University’s Regional Medical School Campus.

UWF President Judy Bense says partnering with Florida State through University Park is emblematic of the twenty first century evolution of universities.

National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall sometime on Friday, somewhere between West Palm Beach and Cape Canaveral, with its 140 mile an hour winds.

About two million people have been warned to flee inland to escape the most powerful storm to threaten the U.S. Atlantic coast in over a decade. Florida. Gov. Rick Scott has a message for those living in evacuation zones.

“There are no excuses, you need to leave,” said the Governor. “Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.”