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
11:57 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Harper Touts UWF's Industry Research Matching Grant Program

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

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.

The initiative provides $1.5 million in matching grants to connect Northwest Florida businesses with research resources available through UWF.

“It’s an exciting time for our office, and hopefully for the region,” said Harper, executive director of the UWF OEDE.

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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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Economic Report
12:40 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

A Busy Couple Of Weeks Set To Boost The Area's Economy

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses significant local happenings, including Pensacola’s new 12-day fall cultural event, the Foo Foo Festival.

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Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival
10:30 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Finding Beauty In Impermanence: A Conversation With International Artist Yixin Lin

An example of Yixin Lin's ceramics.

The Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival kicks off Friday in downtown Pensacola. This year's Invited International Artist is Yixin Lin from Hunan Province, China's ancient "porcelain capital" Lin will discuss her work and inspiration, the process of ceramic art and her city in a public presentation at 5:30 this evening at Pensacola State College. She spoke about her work with WUWF's Sandra Averhart.

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Santa Rosa Courthouse
4:28 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

New Courthouse Hinges On Tax & Location Votes

Rendering of proposed Santa Rosa County Courthouse

In 2002, voters in Santa Rosa County rejected a one-cent sales tax to fund a new courthouse.  Now 12 years later, they’re being asked again to support an extra penny tax for construction of a new judicial center. And, this time around, the General Election ballot includes three measures regarding location preference.

The Santa Rosa County Commissioners has spent much of the past few months educating residents on the need for a new courthouse, as well as making the case that the sales tax increase is the most reasonable option for paying for it.

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Economic Report
4:08 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Navy Federal Expansion Great For Local Economy

Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses Navy Federal Credit Union’s official announcement regarding plans to continue expanding its operations in Pensacola, bringing 5,000 new jobs and $350 million in capital investment to the region by 2026.

“It’s great news for the economy, probably $400 million a year in economic impact from the payroll in both direct employment, plus the ripple effect,” says Harper.

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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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