Dave Dunwoody

Journalist/Producer

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 “played 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, Lucy, and Zoe. Dave is also a passionate fan of Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons, and West Florida Argonauts football; the Atlanta Braves, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, and Pensacola Ice Flyers.  His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.

University of Alabama

President Donald Trump’s visit to Pensacola Friday night, to stump for an Alabama U.S. Senate candidate, is leaving some scratching their heads.

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Jeff Bergosh kicked off his year as Chairman of the Escambia County Commission last week. Before he took the gavel from outgoing chairman Doug Underhill, he sat down with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody.

The new chairman, who also represents District-1, served for ten years on the county School Board and says his experiences on that panel was a great training ground for his new gig.

“Because of structure there, with the strong, elected superintendent,” said Bergosh. “Here, the lines are a little blurred because you have an administrator, but he’s actually an employee.”

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More than 800 volunteers – including doctors and dentists – have registered for a two-day free medical clinic to be held this weekend.

JoAnn VanFleteren is an organizer at the Pensacola Remote Area Clinic. The event is set for Saturday and Sunday at Pensacola High School on Maxwell Street. The clinic is being divided into three core categories – dental, medical and vision.

“Dental – cleanings, extractions, and cavities,” VanFleteren says. “Medical – pap smears as well as annual checkups. And they will actually make glasses for people on the spot.”

myescambia.com

One year after his election to the Escambia County Commission, Jeff Bergosh is preparing to take over the chairman’s seat. One of his first acts is aimed at the panel’s feud with county law enforcement.  

Bergosh will receive the gavel from outgoing Chairman Doug Underhill at Thursday’s Commission meeting. Almost immediately, Bergosh is expected to offer a proposal to resolve the funding issue with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

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Pertussis – commonly known as Whooping Cough – is on the rise in Escambia County. Health officials are reminding everyone to get vaccinated – or get a booster. 

Pertussis is a vaccine-preventable disease which is extremely contagious. The vaccine taken as a child doesn’t last a lifetime, so a booster is needed at some point to maintain a level of protection.

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Triumph Gulf Coast, which is handling distribution of BP oil spill settlement funds, is out with a pre-screening form for a new project at the Port of Pensacola.

The Northwest Center for Dynamic Ocean Technologies (CDOT) would be housed at the Port’s Warehouse Four. Assistant City Administrator Keith Wilkins says it’s part of the overall plan to develop Pensacola’s Bayfront.

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Out of the more than 90 proposals now before the Constitution Revision Commission, one deals with class sizes and teacher pay in Florida’s public schools.

Voters in 2002 approved a constitutional amendment placing strict limits on public-school class sizes. But the question has been whether the limits provide enough educational bang for the buck.

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November Is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time to increase emphasis on prevention and treatment options, among other issues. And when it comes to smoking, there’s both good news and bad.

First, the good news: tactics used to reduce the smoking rate are working.

“The younger generation is smoking less and less; through public education and things like that, [through] smoking cessation programs we’re definitely reducing the rate of smoking,” says Angela Nicholson, the Lung Cancer Navigator at Sacred Heart Cancer Center.

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Native Americans from various tribes around the nation joined the Santa Rosa County Creeks this weekend, for their 27th annual pow-wow and fundraiser. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports.

Tribal members, men, women and children, were dressed in traditional Creek finery from head to toe. About a half dozen dancers were inside the grass circle after being “smudged” – receiving smoke from a burning combination of white sage, tobacco, and sweet grass. Helping with the smudging was Eddie Milstead, aka Standing Wolf.

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In just its second year of existence, the University of West Florida football program is in the Division II playoffs. The Argonauts take on Wingate University in North Carolina on Saturday.

The Argos went 7-3 in the regular season, including an upset of nationally-ranked West Georgia in the finale – a team that beat UWF 69-0 a year ago. After the game, Head Coach Pete Shinnick told the players who would be returning for 2017, not to forget that feeling.

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Saturday is National Adoption Day and on Friday, a “Forever Starts Today” event is on tap in Pensacola. About 800 kids in foster care across Florida await the call.

In the past year, there were 251 adoptions in the western Panhandle:  Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Over the past 16 years, the Families First Network has created roughly 3,000 forever families in the region, according to its figures.

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A member of the Santa Rosa Tourist Development Council is charged with violating Florida’s Sunshine Law. That leads to the question of just what is a sunshine law, and what does it do? 

John Sanborn Jr. faces a non-criminal charge for allegedly discussing matters with another council member outside of a public meeting which foreseeably could come before the Chamber. His trial date is December 5.

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Heading into his final year in office, Governor Rick Scott is once again asking the Legislature to cut taxes and fees in myriad areas.

The Governor made the call at stops in Ft. Myers, Sanford and Jacksonville on Monday. The package will be considered during the 2018 regular session that kicks off in January. The crown jewel is a series of sales-tax “holidays.”

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From banning the death penalty to legalizing marijuana, the panel charged with overhauling Florida’s constitution is now out with about five dozen proposals.

The 37-member Constitution Revision Commission had just before midnight last Tuesday – the bewitching hour on Halloween -- to submit their proposals. As of Monday (12/6), 91 are listed on the website flcrc.gov.

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With black bear sightings on the rise in Santa Rosa County, local officials are asking the state for help. One official is taking the lead after a close encounter.

County Commissioner Bob Cole’s wife recently discovered an unwanted visitor to their home in Milton.

“We keep the dog and cat foot in trash cans inside the garage,” Cole said. “That particular day, my wife had the garage door open; she later that day found the trash can turned over and the dog food gone. We had seen a bear several weeks prior to that in the woods next to the garage.”

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Four months after creation, an $85 million state fund for economic development lies dormant, while more than 160 requests totaling over a half-billion dollars await.

The “Florida Job Growth Grant Fund" was created during a special legislative session as a compromise between Gov. Rick Scott and House leaders. At issue was the House’s desire to scrap Enterprise Florida and other economic development programs.

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In Washington, the House’s 216-212 passage of a four trillion dollar Republican budget last week appears to pave the way to begin tax reform.

Florida’s 1st District Representative voted with the minority.

“Right now we’ve got $20 trillion in debt; in the next ten years we’re going to $30 trillion in debt unless we cut spending,” said Cong. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach). He’s one of 20 Republicans who joined Democrats in opposing the Senate Amendment to House Con Resolution 71.

Gaetz voted in favor of the original House measure, before its trip to the Senate.

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As construction rolls on at the VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering aviation plant in Pensacola, company officials and local leaders provided an update on the project on Friday at Pensacola State College.

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward was the M.C. at groundbreaking ceremonies near Pensacola International Airport one year ago.

“Today marks an important milestone for a project that we first started talking about close to five years ago,” Hayward said at the groundbreaking. On Friday at PSC, he spoke of the plant’s role in helping create and bolster a business environment.

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Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security were joined by local officials, for a cybersecurity roundtable and career information expo Wednesday at the University of West Florida.

Government, business, and academic leaders from around the Pensacola area got the latest on fighting battles in cyberspace, which can affect everyone whose lives, part or all of it, are on a computer or mobile device.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum brought his gubernatorial campaign to Pensacola recently. 

Gillum, 38, is seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is termed out in 2018. He says serving three years as mayor and 12 on the Tallahassee City Commission has given him a front-row seat at what’s been happening at the Capitol.

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