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 cat Callie. 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.

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Almost two years to the day when floodwaters submerged areas of Pensacola, Escambia County is out with its report on the flooding in April, 2014.

Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Escambia and 25 other counties in the Panhandle and Big Bend after storms dumped more than 20 inches of rain in some areas. While inspecting flood damage in the Pensacola area, he said economic losses in Escambia County alone could exceed $50 million.

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The City of Pensacola is the defendant in a lawsuit filed over the 25-foot Christian cross at city-owned Bayview Park.

The litigation – filed Wednesday -- is the latest salvo in a ten-month running dispute over the cross in the park, between the city and the American Humanist Association, based in Washington, D.C.

“We are contending that this is a violation of the Establishment Clause to the United States Constitution,” said Rebecca Markert, a staff attorney with the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation.

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Gulf Power Company conducted its annual exercise Tuesday, aimed at restoring electricity in the aftermath of a hurricane or other emergency.

The situation room was full at the new Douglas McCrary Training and Storm Center on Pine Forest Rd., working on developments after “Hurricane Sharon.”

“The scenario is, it’s the day after a major hurricane has impacted the Gulf Coast, made landfall in Navarre,’ said Jeff Rogers, External Communications Manager at Gulf Power.

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Oral arguments are set for Thursday before the Florida Supreme Court, in the case that forced a sentencing change in the state’s death penalty procedure.

The case involves Timothy Lee Hurst, who was sentenced to death for the 1998 murder of a fast-food restaurant manager in Pensacola. In January, the U-S Supreme Court ruled that Florida’s method of imposing execution was unconstitutional – because it gave too much power to judges rather than juries.

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Officials from Pensacola’s sister city are coming in Tuesday for the annual celebration of the life of General Bernardo de Galvez.

Antonio Campos, the Mayor of Macharaviaya, Spain, is leading the delegation to Pensacola to honor Galvez, whose army defeated the British at Fort George in the 1781 Battle of Pensacola – which was recognized by General George Washington as a deciding factor in the American Revolution.

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Dr. Jill Biden – the wife of Vice President Joe Biden – visited Escambia High School Friday to kick off the Escambia County School District’s involvement in the National Math and Science Initiative, along with its expansion. 

The initiative – NMSI – is a non-profit founded in 2007, after the National Academies commissioned a report that indicated a decline in student achievement in math and science. Escambia County is one of only two school districts in Florida – and 13 nationwide – accepted into the program this year.

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U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller is hoping the third time is the charm when it comes to endorsing Republican presidential candidates.

He’s now going with Donald Trump.

Miller, who’s retiring after his eighth term in the House, first threw his support to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last year.

“I’m a Jeb Bush supporter,” said Miller in 2015. “I feel very comfortable with level of experience.”

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Mosquitoes are starting to appear in larger numbers, as the weather warms toward late spring and summer. Residents are advised to take the necessary steps to protect themselves.       

The Florida Department of Health reports 94 Zika cases statewide as of Tuesday, including one Santa Rosa who has since made a full recovery. County spokeswoman Brandi Whitehurst says despite Zika’s growing presence elsewhere, Santa Rosa Mosquito Control is not changing its approach.

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 This week’s arrest of a Molino man could serve as a reminder to use extreme caution when hiring a building contractor.

Fifty-one-year-old Kenneth Malarik is charged with felony unlicensed contracting during a state of emergency; felony grand theft and unpermitted construction. Building Services Director Don Mayo says the charges were filed after their investigation.

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If you’re a newly-minted graduate, want to change careers, or just need a job, then you need to swing by Pensacola State College on Friday.

CareerSource EscaRosa is teaming up with PSC to host its annual Spring Job Fair, at the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio, Building 23. It’s free and open to the public.

Morgan Cole, an outreach specialist with CareerSource EscaRosa, says that attendees will be able to network with firms who are actively seeking talented individuals to fill open positions.

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April 24-30 is the inaugural National Reentry Week in the federal prison system, which is aimed at helping released inmates transition back into society.

President Obama made the announcement during his weekly radio address on Saturday.

“Every year, more than 600,000 people are released from prison,” said the President. “We need to ensure that they’re prepared to reenter society and become productive, contributing members of their families and communities. And, maybe even role models.”

City of Pensacola

Registration is underway for the 2016 Pensacola Citizens’ Academy. The academy is a nine-week look at city government and its departments and it kicks off May 17 and goes through July 12. The course is free, and interactive.

“Totally hands-on, meaning it’s not just sitting around and listening to talking heads,” said organizer Helen Gibson. “We’ve got tours, we’ve got demonstrations.”

The concept is from the city’s Neighborhood Division. When Ashton Hayward was elected mayor in 2010, he made the academies a priority.

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Governor Rick Scott replaced two members of the 13-member University of West Florida’s Board of Trustees which appears to be related to attempts to expand industry statewide.

Garrett Walton, the CEO of Rebuild Northwest Florida and Susan O’Connor, president of O'Connor Management Group, have been succeeded by Greg Britton, CEO of Fort Walton Machining, and Bob Sires, founder and CEO of Bay State Cable Tires in Crestview.

Walton says higher education is undergoing a major transformation.

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Senator Bill Nelson is filing legislation that would provide the $1.9 billion that President Obama says is needed to fight the spread of the Zika virus. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 358 Zika cases in the United States as of Tuesday. Agency Director Thomas Frieden recently told Fox News that their largest concern is how Zika may affect pregnant women.

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Repairs to the federal courthouse in downtown Pensacola have moved a step closer to reality in Congress.

On Wednesday the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved $30 million for repairs and upgrades to the 19-year-old facility, which has been vacated due to water damage, mold and other health and safety issues.

Court staff, the U.S. Marshal’s and Attorneys offices, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff were forced to re-locate to the nearby Winston E. Arnow Building, and other downtown locations.

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