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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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses Governor Rick Scott’s signing of Florida’s 2015-2016 Budget and the economic outlook for 2016.

“It’s a big budget,” Harper said, referring to the state’s $78.2 billion budget. “It’s a sign that the economy is recovering, because when people are getting paychecks, when tourists are visiting Florida and paying sales tax on everything they buy, then that means that there are more dollars flowing into state coffers.”

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The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced a major milestone this week for the state’s Emergency Contact Information system. The number of registrations has now surpassed the 10 million mark.

“It was a deep breath of like ‘Oh my gosh,’ because it’s been a long time in the works,” said Christine Olson, president and founder of TIFF’s Initiative, To Inform Families First, which led to the creation of the Emergency Contact Information (or ECI) system.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest from the U.S. Federal Reserve and other important economic indicators.

The Federal Open Market Committee met this week, as it does every six weeks.

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Local author Georgia McCorvey Smith has written several publications on Pensacola's African American history. Now, the retired teacher is unveiling a new book titled Elizabeth Finds Freedom for Christmas that weaves local history into a fictional story aimed at middle school students.

The central characters in the book are Elizabeth and her mother, who are slaves of Master James.

Residents in Escambia County are being urged speak up about school discipline and school arrests.  

Community groups such as the ACLU of Northwest Florida and the Escambia Youth Justice Coalition are calling on residents to push for changes in the district’s disciplinary policies, which they say disproportionately impact African American students.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest reports on unemployment benefits, job growth, retail sales, and mortgage rates.

According to the U.S. Labor Department, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, yet remained at a historically low level.

The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season is off to a quiet start. But, if a storm were to threaten the Florida/Alabama gulf coast, local officials are ready and want you to be as well.

For emergency management personnel, preparedness is a year-round venture. However, Brad Baker, emergency management director for Santa Rosa, says in the run up to June 1, which marks the beginning of hurricane season, there’s always a special focus on ‘hurricane’ readiness.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the University of West Florida’s recently signed memorandum of understanding with Space Florida and the upcoming Affordable Housing Summit in Pensacola.

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Nearly three months after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in March in Santa Rosa Sound, the investigation has been completed. The report has concluded that the cause of the accident that killed all 11 crew members was the result of “spatial disorientation.”

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper provides analysis of recently released U.S. Census figures.

“We’ve declined in population over the years, as people have moved out to the suburbs,” said Harper, referring to the number of people living in the City of Pensacola, which is the urban core of a larger metro area including Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The metro area population estimate for 2014 is 474,081.

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