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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Innovation Awards
4:59 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Innovation Awards Highlight New Companies With Prizes & Investment

Credit Innovation Coast

The first-ever Innovation Awards will take place November 6-7, at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. This is the largest business plan competition in Florida, giving participants the opportunity to compete for more than $215,000 in cash and prizes and make a pitch for investment dollars.

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Current Courthouse Outdated
1:32 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Santa Rosa Officials Pitch Need For New Courthouse

Santa Rosa Courthouse
Credit Photo via Flickr//E.L. Malvaney

This fall, voters in Santa Rosa County are being asked to support a one-cent local option sales tax to pay for a new courthouse and determine where they’d like it to be located. In an effort to gain support, county officials have been making the case that the existing facility in downtown Milton is outdated and needs to be replaced.

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Youth Justice Awareness Month
3:58 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Youth Justice Coalition Offers Advocacy Training

Credit Campaign for Youth Justice

The Escambia Youth Justice Coalition (EYJC), in conjunction with the youth organization Str8 Up Pensacola, is holding a youth advocate training workshop this evening in Pensacola. The event is being held in observance of Youth Justice Awareness Month.

The Youth Justice Coalition is made up of a broad base of members, who’ve come together to advocate for juvenile justice reform in the Escambia County school system.

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First Amendment Foundation
2:36 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Sunshine Law Champion Says Open Government Essential

Barbara Peterson from the First Amendment Foundation
Joe Vinson//PensacolaToday.com

The First Amendment Foundation is working to build on the legacy of former Florida Governor Reubin Askew, who was a champion of open, ethical government and was one of the most active supporters of the state’s 1967 Sunshine Law.

The organization conducts Sunshine monitoring of state and local government agencies; staffs a Freedom of Information Hotline; and provides Sunshine training seminars. FAF President Barbara Petersen recently conducted one of those training seminars in Pensacola.

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Economic Report
1:56 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Harper: Gulf Power Symposium Takes Close Look at Region's Economy

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses this year’s annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium, set take place Monday and Tuesday, Oct 13 and 14 at the Baytowne Conference Center in Sandestin. This year’s theme is ‘Game Plan for the Future…What’s Your Next Move?

“It’s a super event,” says Harper. “It’s really the one chance where business leaders, analysts, guests from around the nation, who are expert in various areas of economics and business, get together to talk about where’ve been in Northwest Florida and where we’re going.”

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Voices of Pensacola
4:56 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

UPDATED: Multicultural Resource Center Highlights Pensacola's Diverse History

Sandra Averhart

Voices of Pensacola is a multicultural resource center highlighting the city’s diverse history and it’s now open to the public. It officially opened on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Voices of Pensacola is a project of UWF Historic Trust, which used a $605,000 gift from Gulf Power Company and its parent Southern Company, to transform one of its historic downtown properties, previously known as the Beacon Building.

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Economic Report
1:19 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Harper: ITEN Wired Important For IT Job Recruitment

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses this year’s ITEN Wired Regional Technology Summit. The event, taking place October 2-3 in Pensacola, is aimed at fostering local economic development efforts surrounding innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.

“It’s an exciting event,” said Harper, noting that this is the eleventh year for the conference, which is sponsored by the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce.

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Gulf Power Learns From Ivan
11:37 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Gulf Power More Storm Ready 10 Years After Ivan

Gulf Power crews repairing power lines.
Gulf Power Company

As the month of October was beginning in 2004, the region was still reeling from the September 16 landfall of Hurricane Ivan. One of the most significant impacts of the extensive storm damage was the loss of electricity. In Northwest Florida, that means Gulf Power Company was at the center of restoration efforts.

Ultimately, the utility’s response to the storm went a long way toward helping the company improve its storm readiness today.

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Economic Report
12:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Harper: GDP Estimate Up; Jobless Claims Down

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest Gross Domestic Product. The GDP report released last week was the second of three estimates for the second quarter. “The good news is that it’s up relative to the initial estimate,” says Harper. 

The initial estimate had been 4 percent.  The revised rate is 4.2% GDP growth. The biggest gains were in the areas of consumer spending, exports, and business investment spending.

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Operation Photo Rescue
4:16 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Flood Victims Get Photo Restoration Help

Operation Photo Rescue restoration sample.
Credit Operation Photo Rescue

Pensacola area residents, whose cherished photos were damaged by the April 30, 2014 flood, are getting some help with digital restoration from the group, Operation Photo Rescue. Volunteers from OPR will be in the area this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 26-27), working out of Covenant Hospice in Pensacola from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  

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