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.

Governor Rick Scott is ordering the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, regarding the shooting at Marjory Stone Douglas High School in Parkland.  

Seventeen people were killed in the attack. The sheriff's office is under scrutiny after veteran Deputy Scot Peterson, who was assigned to the school, did not confront suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz, and for failing to submit reports of tipster calls before the shooting.

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Gov. Rick Scott is out with a gun safety plan, which focuses on keeping firearms out of the hands of violent people, among other provisions.

A grim-faced governor took the podium in Tallahassee Friday morning, beginning his 17-minute address by reading the names of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Work is underway at Johnson Beach to remove some dilapidated structures considered unfit for public use, and sand considered to be a nuisance to both buildings and visitors.  

“Extensive structural damage” is said to be the reason the buildings are coming down. Among them is the Star Pavilion, which Dan Brown,  the Superintendent of Gulf Islands Nation Seashore, says is drawing everyone’s attention.

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February is Hit and Run Awareness Month in Florida, a reminder for all motorists to “Stay at the Scene” when involved in a crash.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were more than 98,000 hit-and-run crashes in Florida in 2017, with about a third investigated by state troopers. Each year, the percentage of accidents considered hit-and-run stays at about 25 percent.

“Which means it’s not getting any better right now; we’re doing our best,” said Major Warren Fast, Commander of Troop A which covers ten counties in the western Panhandle.

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Gulf Power Company will spend $83 million over five years, to upgrade its electricity grid in downtown Pensacola.

The project is part of an overall, $225 million makeover across the utility’s 460,000 customer service area. According to spokesman Jeff Rogers, the current system is well beyond retirement age.

“While there’s a very sophisticated underground network in downtown Pensacola, parts of it are 70 years gold,” said Rogers. “They’ve been well maintained and updated, but it is time for a complete overhaul.”

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It's the season to be filing tax returns, and for scammers and identity thieves it can feel like another Christmas. But, you can keep your information safe with a little effort and preparation.

This is the fourth year the IRS has rolled out its “Dirty Dozen” tax scams, one per day over a dozen business days. In a video produced for the website, the agency reports an increase in tax scams by telephone.

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Supporters and opponents of oil drilling closer to Florida’s shoreline refused Thursday to accept U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s declaration that the state wouldn’t be part of a White House plan to expand exploration.

Last Thursday’s hearing in Tallahassee, sponsored by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, is one of 22 being held through March 8 nationwide and was the lone such meeting to be held in Florida.

““I don’t want your kids ever to fight on foreign shores for a resource we have here,” said Zinke last month in Tallahassee.  

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Wednesday was Signing Day for high schoolers seeking to continue their football careers at the next level. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports on the University of West Florida’s recruiting class of 2018.

Fifteen players, 14 from Florida and one from Alabama, signed with the Argonauts as early as 7:00 Wednesday morning. While it remains to be seen how they’ll perform on the field, Head Coach Pete Shinnick says the group is already competing in the classroom.

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Pensacola is one of the stops for the Constitution Revision Commission, as it began public hearings in five cities across Florida on Tuesday. The local hearing is set for February 27 at the University of West Florida.

The 37-member Commission kicked off its tour at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, after spending the past few months going through more than 100 proposed amendments.

Speaking on The Florida Channel, CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff says their work has to be finished by May 10.

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Three years after the first announcement, work is getting underway on renovating the federal courthouse in downtown Pensacola.

Thirty-one million dollars will be spent to clean up mold and water damage, along with other health and safety issues, that first cropped up just after the facility opened in 1997. Funding has been the major obstacle, says U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers, since her first call for action in 2015.

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Republican Adam Putnam brought his “Florida First” campaign for governor to downtown Pensacola Wednesday morning, for a lunch appearance before a local civic club.

Speaking to the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club, Putnam outlined his agenda if he succeeds Rick Scott as Florida’s governor. For one thing, he wants to get it across to students that a four-year university degree is not the end all-be all for a successful career.

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The West Florida baseball Argonauts open the 2018 season on Friday, hoping to improve over 2017. The Argos posted a 28-23 mark last season, finishing sixth in the Gulf South Conference tournament and unranked nationally.

“My job is to try to lead this team and build a culture and a team that they’re more than just playing for themselves,” said Head Coach Mike Jeffcoat, who enters his thirtheenth year in the dugout.

He says part of that job has moved from the diamond to cyberspace.

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The University of West Florida softball team opens the 2018 season this weekend, ranked third nationally in NCAA Division II, and picked to win the Gulf South Conference.

The Argonauts garnered 10 of 14 first-place votes in the GSC coaches’ poll. Valdosta State, Mississippi College, Alabama-Huntsville and North Alabama round out the top five. Lee, which met UWF in the South Super Regional last year, came in at number six.

“We’re excited; it’s quickly approaching and I think we’re ready,” said Head Coach Melissa Paul, who begins her fourth season at West Florida.

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Residents in the Florida Panhandle will join the rest of the United States early Wednesday morning, in experiencing a lunar “trifecta” – the first such phenomenon since 1866.

A “Super Blue Blood Moon" is basically a long and complicated way of saying there are three things happening at one time with the moon, according to Lauren Rogers -- an astronomer at Pensacola State College.

Florida West

With 2017 in the rearview mirror at Florida West, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks at the challenges on the horizon for 2018 in part two of his report on local economic development.

Many of the projects and initiatives begun by Florida West in 2017 will continue to progress this year. And to hear CEO Scott Luth tell it, 2018 is hitting the ground running.

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After a banner year in 2017, the Florida West Economic Development Alliance is looking ahead to more successes in 2018. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody kicks off a two-part report – first up -- the year past.

Chief Executive Officer Scott Luth says it was a good year overall laying groundwork. The one issue that stands out to him is the Bluffs Industrial Campus – which received $3.1 million from the state for site connectivity and infrastructure improvements.

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About 40 percent of Escambia County residents have earned some sort of college degree. A new organization wants to raise the bar.

Workers in Escambia County with an associate degree average just over $57,000 per year, according to the Florida College Access Network. Those with only a high school diploma average about $26,000.

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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.”

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