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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The ribbon was cut at Baptist Cancer Institute, for its new and improved Cancer Infusion Center.

The renovation was two years in the making, at a cost of more than one million dollars. One hundred thousand of that came from businessman Quint Studer and his wife Rishy. The Studers contacted Baptist President and CEO Mark Faulkner about their planned gift, and asked Faulkner if he could come up with the best use for it.

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Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham brought her Democratic campaign for governor to Pensacola Tuesday morning. 

Graham spent part of her day working at the USO based at Pensacola International Airport. The visit was something of a throwback to her time in Congress, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

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In what likely was a surprise to virtually no one in Florida, Governor Rick Scott announced his next political campaign on Monday at an Orlando construction firm.

Scott, in his trademark sky blue shirt and Navy baseball cap, said he’ll seek the Republican nomination in hopes of challenging incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. Scott’s “Let’s Get to Work” mantra, used in two gubernatorial campaigns, will transfer to this race.

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In part two of our look at the start of the Pensacola Mayor’s race, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody spoke with Grover Robinson, who’s foregoing another term on the Escambia County Commission in hopes of succeeding Ashton Hayward.

Robinson was the first to enter the mayor’s race, pre-filing with the Supervisor of Elections Office in October. As he wraps up his fourth term in the County Commission’s District 4 seat. He’s kicking off his new campaign with his record at the forefront.

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In the first of a two-part look at the candidates who have pre-filed for Mayor of Pensacola, meet Drew Buchanan, who’s beginning his first campaign for public office.

Drew Buchanan moved to Pensacola in 2014 after growing up in Fort Walton Beach. In the process, he rediscovered part of his family whose ancestors came to the city during Reconstruction. He also founded an online local news outlet, The Pulse.

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In our next installment of 1968: Year of Discontent, the assassination of a civil rights icon and its lasting impact a half-century later.

On April 4, 1968. Walter Cronkite and the CBS Evening News led with a story that broke, literally, just before airtime.

“Good evening,” Cronkite began. “Dr. Martin Luther King, the apostle of non-violence in the Civil Rights movement, has been shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King was standing on the balcony of a second-floor hotel room tonight when, according to a companion, a shot was fired from across the street.”

Beginning in April, Gulf Power Company’s 460,000 customers will get a break in their electric bills.

Approved this week by the Florida Public Service Commission, the $103 million reduction comes after Congress and the Trump administration passed a tax cut package in December, which includes reducing the federal corporate income-tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

Today we kick off our series, “1968, Year of Discontent,” highlighting major events of a half-century ago, with the year’s first blockbuster story.

On Sunday, March 31, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed the nation on live television. Two months earlier North Vietnamese troops mounted the Tet Offensive: surprise attacks across South Vietnam, including one on the U.S. embassy in Saigon and the presidential palace. The action caused U.S. and South Vietnamese forces to lose control of several cities temporarily.

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s decision to step down after two terms is drawing mixed reaction at City Hall, and leading to a number of "what ifs" in the run up to the June 22 candidate filing deadline.

Mayor Hayward announced a week ago that he would forego a third and final term as allowed by the 2009 city charter. The following day he said it would be business as usual for his remaining nine and a half months in office.

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After two terms in office, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward will not seek a third. The announcement came Wednesday from City Hall.

Ashton Hayward was a political neophyte when he entered the mayoral race in 2010, the first election under Pensacola’s new charter that changed to a strong mayor form of government. He was elected over incumbent Mike Wiggins and two other challengers.

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Local tourism officials and related businesses are teaming up to inform the public about the economic impact of visitors to the local economy. 

“Tourism Works for Pensacola” is a campaign that will use such stories to show the common thread that tourism provides in giving many here their first jobs or a career path.

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Expanding the lobbying ban for ex-government officials is among the proposals in a sweeping ethics package, which has been advanced by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission.

Proposal 39 is among 37 possible changes to the Florida Constitution through which the CRC is sifting. A co-sponsor is former state Senate President Don Gaetz of Niceville, who says if passed by voters in November, it would be the strongest state ethics rule in the nation.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appears to be doubling down on the confusion, about whether or not Florida is exempt from a five-year offshore drilling plan announced in January.

Appearing before the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, Zinke responded to Rep. Norma Thomas, a California Democrat, about why her state didn’t get an exemption like Florida.

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Twenty years after first putting on the bunker gear of the Pensacola Fire Department, Ginny Cranor is set to make history.

Cranor is up for promotion from her current rank as Battalion Chief, to becoming the first woman fire chief in the department’s 208 year history.

“I feel very honored to be the first female that’s been chosen to do this,” said Cranor.

Her career in the fire services began after training as an emergency medical technician in 1993. She earned a nursing degree from the University of West Florida in 2012.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters chapters are hoping a new volunteer recruiting campaign this month, 30 matches in 30 days, will prove to be a slam dunk.

With March Madness underway, college basketball’s postseason, the agency is tipping off “March Matchness.” Paula Shell is President and CEO of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, which stretches between Pensacola and Panama City.

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After Governor Rick Scott signed new gun restrictions into law Friday, in response to last month's massacre that took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the legal challenge was not very far behind.

Three weeks of pressure from relatives and friends of the students slain in the in the February 14 massacre provided momentum for the legislation. Scott said the bill balances individual rights with need for public safety, and conceded that it’s not perfect, and may not satisfy everyone. But he added it will make a difference.

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Enhancing cyber security workforce development and a path to an undergraduate degree are the dual missions of a new partnership between the University of West Florida and the National Security Agency.

UWF launched its Center for Cyber Security in 2014, says as a hub for research and opportunities for students to enter high-demand career fields.

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In downtown Pensacola, a new digital parking system is up and running, using both traditional and higher tech payment methods.

New Orleans-based Premium Parking’s digital management platform covers on-street, public lots and parking garages throughout the 39-block downtown area.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to show what sort of modern approach to parking management can do for a municipality, both on-street and off-street to make parking simpler and more efficient,” said Premium President Ben Montgomery.

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There will be at least one new face on the Pensacola City Council after the November election, following the departure of a long-time member.

In a written statement, Councilman Larry B. Johnson announced he would not seek reelection after a decade in the District-4 seat. That district includes Cordova Park, East Pensacola Heights, and a portion of East Hill.

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A packed Conference Center at the University of West Florida greeted members of the Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday, as part of a process that happens every two decades.

The CRC has been conducting public hearings across Florida, on which proposed constitutional amendments should land on the ballot this November.

“Today’s our fourth stop across the state of Florida on what we call the ‘Road to the Ballot,’” said Commission Chairman Carlos Beruff.

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