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.

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Public comment is being gathered through early March on plans to remove sediments from Bayou Chico using funds from the BP oil spill settlement.

The draft plan includes $12.6 million from the Gulf Consortium for the Bayou Chico Contaminated Sediment Remediation Project.

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One week after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s pledge to remove Florida from a plan to expand oil and gas drilling off the U.S coast, another Trump administration official says that decision has yet to be made.

Walter Cruickshank, the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, told the House Natural Resources Committee Friday morning that Florida is not off the table” for drilling, sparking an exchange with Congressman Jared Huffman, (D-CA).

It’s been a busy January for Pensacola-area shelters, helping the homeless and heatless cope with two winter blasts.

Frigid temperatures, with lows and wind chills in the 20s and teens, hit the area twice this month as shelters saw more people coming in to avail themselves of their services, as they do whenever there’s bad weather.

“Whether that’s a hurricane, a bad storm, or of course, the severe cold,” said Waterfront spokesman Paul Stadden. “Waterfront Rescue Mission is always trying to respond to the need as best as it possibly can.”

  Round two of frigid weather in the Florida Panhandle closely resembles that from a couple of weeks ago. But there is some light, and warmth, at the end of the tunnel.

Precipitation from the southernmost reaches of Winter Storm Inga led to a number of closings in northwest Florida the past couple of days: schools, roads, bridges and overpasses. Meteorologist Jeff Huffman at the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network says the silver lining is that the rest of the winter mix is tracking to the north and east.

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Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham visited Pensacola on Tuesday, making appearances at the University of West Florida and downtown.

Graham’s first stop was at UWF’s Conference Center, as the main speaker at the inaugural Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series, to deliver a presentation on the “Art of Public Dialogue."

“Democracy was never intended to be passive,” said Graham. “From the very beginning democracy – government by the people – was designed to be a government that emphasized citizen involvement.”

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While much of the attention of late has been on the University of West Florida football program, another UWF squad has been quietly making some history of its own.

Last week head coach Jeff Burkhamer and the team worked on different offenses and defenses in preparation for the next two games – both on the road. The Argos played at Union on Saturday, and at Christian Brothers on Monday night, winning both.

Burkhamer came to UWF in 2015, taking over a team that had won only seven games the previous season.

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The Trump administration’s decision to exclude Florida from the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling is drawing both clapping hands and raised eyebrows.

After meeting with Governor Rick Scott at the Tallahassee Airport on Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off Florida’s Atlantic coast would be "off the table." 

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Rick Scott delivered his eighth and final State of the State Address as Florida’s 45th Governor on Tuesday, during kickoff of the 2018 legislative session.

In a nutshell, the Governor’s wish list includes not only more tax cuts, but to make it more difficult for future governors and legislators to raise them. For that, he needs some help outside the Statehouse.

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In the final installment of high-profile litigation in Florida in 2018, the nearly 30-year-old dispute over water rights between Florida and Georgia involving the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system.

“Georgia has taken our water; the Corps of Engineers is not worried about us,” said Scott in 2013. “That’s why Florida’s going to file suit against Georgia, and take this all the way to the Supreme Court.”

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In part two of our look at the top litigation expected in 2018, a new law that’s drawing fire from most of Florida’s 67 public school districts is expected to remain prominent after the legislative session begins this week.

Mention House Bill 7069 to a school administrator or teacher, and more often as not you’ll get a dirty look. At least 14 county school boards have filed two constitutional lawsuits challenging the law, contending in part that it undermines local control of public schools.

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From local courtrooms to the U.S. Supreme Court, thousands of lawsuits are on the docket in Florida for 2018. In the first of a three-part series on some of the higher-profile cases, it’s the limbo involving 2016’s Amendment 2.

Seventy one percent of voters approved expanding Florida’s existing medical marijuana law beyond those who are terminally ill and with less than a year to live. Amendment-2 includes patients with HIV/AIDS, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Lou Gehrig’s, Crohn’s and Parkinson’s diseases, among others.

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The Trump administration is calling for a vast expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans, including opening up federal waters off the coast Florida. 

Thursday’s announcement comes in response to President Trump's executive order in April encouraging more drilling rights in federal waters.

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Amid cries of “Happy New Year” are those of “bundle up.” Old Man Winter is making his appearance felt along the Florida Panhandle this week.

A hard freeze warning and wind chill advisory are in effect for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties until 8:00 a.m. Thursday. Nighttime lows will drop to around 20 degrees throughout the week. But this time around, it’s not so much the lower readings, as it is their duration.

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The electricity is back on at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta, but the travel woes will linger for days. And the ripple-effect is being felt in the Florida Panhandle. 

Thousands of passengers were stranded Monday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport,  just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush. A fire in an underground electrical facility brought the airport to a standstill early Sunday afternoon. Power was restored around midnight.

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Almost eight in ten Pensacola residents say the city’s on the right track, according to the fourth annual Community Survey from the Haas Business Center.

That 76 percent mark is ten points higher than last year’s survey. The project, says Amy Newburn at the Center, was a mixed-method survey, that is, primarily on the telephone but also with “intercept surveys,” Haas-speak for in-person interviews.

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There’s one more football game left to play by the UWF Argonauts: for all the marbles in NCAA Division II. Here's a preview of the national championship game.  

The Argonauts, now 11-3,  left Thursday on another charter flight, this one to Kansas City to face Texas A&M Commerce, who comes in at 13-1. The Lions beat Harding University 31-17, while the Argos knocked off top seed Indiana (PA) 27-17.

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Saturday is graduation day at the University of West Florida, but two senior football players were honored at an early graduation ceremony on Wednesday.

“Two of our students will not be able to attend graduation on Saturday, because they will be making history in Kansas City,” said UWF President Martha Saunders, kicking off the ceremony for defensive tackle Ronald Bell and linebacker Reggie Barnes – starters on an Argonaut squad that takes on Texas A&M-Commerce for the Division II national football championship.

VetFed

An Alexandria, Virginia-based small business owned and operated by veterans is placing its newest office in downtown Pensacola next year.

VetFed Resources is opening a new program management office to help veterans seeking medical disability services.

“VetFed is a company that’s received a governmental contract to support the department of Veterans Affairs; what they do is assist veterans receiving their medical disability,” said Scott Luth, Executive Director of Florida West, the economic development arm covering much of the Florida Panhandle.

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Some Gulf Power Company customers may have had their personal data exposed through a possible glitch at a third-party vendor.

Jeff Rogers at the utility says the data breach – detected by the firm TIO Networks -- may have affected customers who paid their bills by check at a local kiosk.

TIO was acquired by PayPal earlier this year.

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In just season two, West Florida football continues its journey through the rarefied air of the Division II playoffs. The Argonauts are one win away from playing for a national championship.

Semifinal week began for UWF with the naming of Head Coach Pete Shinnick as Region 2 Coach of the Year, and a finalist for Division II Coach of the Year.

“I’ve got a great staff, great group of players; without them, none of this would have happened,” Shinnick said on his weekly cable TV show.

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