Sandra Averhart

News Director

Sandra Averhart has been News Director at WUWF since 1996. Her first job in broadcasting was with (then) Pensacola radio station WOWW107-FM, where she worked 11 years.  Sandra, who is a native of Pensacola, earned her B.S. in Communication from Florida State University.

For several years, Sandra was co-host of “Inside UWF” on WUWF TV. Also, she has partnered with WSRE TV to serve as co-host of their “Rally” candidate forums, most recently in 2012. Sandra also lends her voice to the University of West Florida athletics program.  She has worked as public address announcer for Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and continues to “work the mic” at UWF Volleyball and Softball games. Along the way, she has been P-A announcer for four NCAA Division II national championships, to include two each in volleyball and softball.

In her spare time, Sandra continues to enjoy playing softball. She lives in Milton with her husband Charles and two dogs, Beau and Mollie.

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Economic Report
12:49 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

November Job Growth, Spending Top Expectations

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper shares details from the November 2014 jobs report, updates the holiday shopping season, and reviews the summer tourism season in Northwest Florida.

The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released Dec. 5, shows that employment rose by 321,000 in November, compared with an average monthly gain of 224,000 over the prior 12 months.

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Residents Want Facility Closed
5:09 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Rolling Hills Landfill Fights To Keep Permit

Credit Josh Morton

Residents of Wedgewood and surrounding communities are getting action this week in response to their concerns about pollution from nearby construction and debris pits. Specifically, the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Facility is now the focus of a hearing to revoke its state permit.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection opened a four-day Administrative Hearing on Tuesday at the Old Escambia County Courthouse.

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District Blocks 'After School' App
1:29 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Parents Alerted About New Cyber Bullying App

Concerned about cyber bullying, Escambia County School District officials are alerting parents and taking steps to cut off student access to a new and highly offensive social media application.

The “app” is called “After School – Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions and Compliments.” Described as ‘an anonymous and private message board for your school,’ the app can be downloaded to an iPhone, iPod, through Apple’s web browser Safari and via Facebook.

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Economic Report
7:54 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Harper: Black Friday Sales Down; Job Growth Expected

  In this week’s Economic Report on WUWF, Dr. Rick Harper discusses data on this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping days, what's projected in the latest jobs report, and the hiring of a new economic development coordinator at the Haas Center.

In taking a closer look at Black Friday, holiday weekend sales dropped by eleven percent, relative to last year. The projection had been a growth in sales of 9-11%. Cyber Monday sales rose 8%.

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Local Judge Named To Panel
6:07 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Florida To Review Access To Civil Justice

Santa Rosa County Judge C. Robert Hilliard
Credit Judge C. Robert Hilliard

Santa Rosa County Judge C. Robert Hilliard has been tapped to serve on the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga recently signed an administrative order creating the panel, which will study the unmet legal needs of the state’s lower income residents.

“Simply put, those who can afford it will have civil justice. Those who cannot afford it (civil justice), will not,” said Chief Justice Labarga, getting to the heart of the matter.

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World AIDS Day
4:25 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Getting To Zero: Locals Observe World AIDS Day

  December 1 marks the annual observance of World AIDS Day. Locally, World AIDS Day ceremonies are being held in Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach.

The Pensacola World AIDS Day event takes place at 6 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, downtown. The program features a keynote speech by Dr. Susan Walch from the University of West Florida Psychology Department. Afterward, there will be a candlelight walk to Sole’ Inn on Palafox Street, where AIDS Memorial Quilts will be on display. Also, on-site HIV testing will be available.

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Economic Report
3:37 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Harper Projects Modest 'Black Friday'

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the big holiday shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Of course, Black Friday is starting earlier, now on Thanksgiving Day for some retail outlets.

According to Harper, projections call for just a modest increase in retail sales on Black Friday 2014 over previous years. “If it were a healthy, robust economy, we’d expect to see maybe a five to seven percent increase in same store sales. But retail analysts are expecting to see less than that,” said Harper.

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Economic Report
11:57 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Harper Touts UWF's Industry Research Matching Grant Program

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses a new matching grant program recently launched by his Office of Economic Development and Engagement at The University of West Florida.

“It’s an exciting time for our office, and hopefully for the region,” said Harper, executive director of the UWF OEDE.The initiative provides $1.5 million in matching grants to connect Northwest Florida businesses with research resources available through UWF.

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Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund
4:45 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Bayou Chico Among Nine Projects Receiving Gulf Restoration Funds

Credit www.nfwf.org

  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation this week announced the release of nearly $100 million  for Gulf Restoration Projects. That includes $34.3 million for nine projects in Florida, as well as four projects totaling $9.6 million in Alabama.

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Ardennes Fury
10:51 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Pensacola Actor Featured In New WWII Film

Credit The Asylum

As the Battle of the Bulge rages on, an American tank unit gets trapped behind Nazi lines. With just hours before the bombs of Operation Ardennes Fury fall, the tank's commander makes the risky decision to rescue an orphanage. 

That’s the premise of the new World War II film Ardennes Fury. The movie was filmed in just a few short weeks in Northwest Florida and South Alabama, mostly Florala, AL.  Also it features several local actors and crew.

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