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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As part of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we are taking some time to get to know Brian LeBlanc of Pensacola, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in October of last year.

Florida’s U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was in Pensacola Monday to meet with local business and civic leaders on issues important to the community. It was also an opportunity to provide an update from Washington, including the latest on issues related to Syria.

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the continuing boost in Florida’s tourism marketing and traffic, how the terrorist attacks in Paris may affect that traffic, and what’s ahead for holiday shopping.

Harper said Florida tourism has continued to grow in 2015 and should be on a pace to set a new record for the state.

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November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million people in the U.S., and up to five percent of those have early-onset Alzheimer’s.

In the first of a series of reports, we’ll take a closer look at early-onset Alzheimer’s and we’ll meet a local man, who’s trying to raise awareness by sharing his own story of life with the disease.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses a reduction in unemployment benefit claims, a healthier job markets and the success of the recent EntreCon business convention held Nov. 5-6 in Pensacola.

Harper said that both the weekly number and the four-week moving average for jobless claims are down well below 300,000 per week, which signals a “pretty decent jobs market.”

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Six Pensacola-area veterans will take to the stage this weekend for two performances of “Telling: Pensacola."

The first performance will be held at the University of West Florida Center for Fine and Performing Arts this Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m., 11000 University Parkway.


The 2015 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is taking place this weekend in Pensacola. Each year, the event features an Invited International Artist; and this year’s special guest is British realist Alan Weston.

Over the next couple of days, Weston will visit local elementary schools and he’s scheduled to speak at a public event at 5:30 pm this Tuesday evening at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts at Pensacola State College.

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Despite Sunday’s rainy weather, there was a huge turnout for Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who held a book signing event at the Books-A-Million store in Pensacola.

Carson’s appearance at Books-a-Million is part of a national tour to promote his latest book, "A MORE PERFECT UNION What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties."

The book signing event comes on the heels of his recent surge in the polls, where he ranks at or near the top, along with GOP rival Donald Trump.


   In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses federal interest rates, gas prices and a recent Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. board of directors meeting in Miramar Beach.

As predicted, members of the Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve decided to keep interest rates the same.



The Pensacola Bay Area League of Women Voters and its partners will continue their series of discussions of the School to Prison Pipeline, with a public forum at 5:30 p.m. Monday evening at Franco’s Italian Restaurant, 523 E. Gregory St.

This will be the second of three public forums aimed at raising awareness of the School to Prison Pipeline, which is a national problem whereby many children are being arrested for fairly minor offenses rather than disciplined at school.