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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Coffee table books are the perfect solution for hard-to-buy-for people on anyone’s holiday gift list. Why? Because titles cater to specific interests, and they are packed with history, facts, trivia, photographs, illustrations, graphics, lists and bibliographies that lead to even more sources of fun and enlightening information. Other advantages of big books as gifts? If you pick the right title for the right person, size isn’t a problem, and books are guaranteed for year-round use. Here are...

Joe Vinson

A memorial service will be held Sunday in Pensacola for activist Susan Watson, who died Friday, December 2, after a brief illness. She was 62 years old. At the time of her death, Watson was executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama. But, her life and activism were rooted here in Northwest Florida. Watson grew up in Pensacola, where her father, who was in the Navy, settled the family when she was 10 years old. Watson began her career as a nurse, working locally and in...


In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper looks at the latest ADP report on job growth, talks about potential tax cuts in the Trump administration and what those reductions could mean for Northwest Florida.

Harper said the report from the ADP, the nation’s largest payroll processor, which comes out two days before the federal statistics on jobs that are released on the first Friday of every month, yielded “surprisingly good” results.

“What we’re expecting...

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

A year ago we were introduced to Brian LeBlanc. The Pensacola resident was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s in 2014 and he’s been sharing his story in hopes of raising awareness about the disease. LeBlanc has been pretty busy lately, especially in November, which is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. On Saturday, November 12, LeBlanc drove himself to Seville Square in downtown Pensacola, where he and others in the community gathered for Covenant Care’s annual Walk for Alzheimer’s. ...

In 2015, smoking among adults in Florida dropped to 15.8 percent, the lowest it has ever been. State health officials are celebrating the decline and giving much of the credit to passage of a constitutional amendment ten years ago. In the late 1990's, Florida was one of just four states to craft its own multi-billion dollar settlement with the nation’s big tobacco companies. About a decade later, Florida voters approved a ballot measure mandating that the state use part of that money to...

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper looks at the unexpected boost in retail sales, the underestimated Chinese/U.S. trade relationship, how uncertainty is affecting Florida’s budget, and growth on Nine Mile Road.

U.S. retail sales rose .08 percent in October, which was better than anticipated. But Harper said that there was other good news that shouldn’t be overlooked.

“The October numbers are out, but just as important, the September numbers were revised...

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

In 2010, Addison Russell led Pace High School to the Class 5A state baseball championship. Just six years later, he helped the Chicago Cubs win the World Series for the first time in over 100 years. The high school plans to honor Russell on November 29. On Tuesday, he was presented with the key to the city of Pensacola. Before the ceremony outside City Hall, dozens of local Chicago Cubs fans, decked out in their Cubs gear, waited for a chance to greet Russell and take part in the local...

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

In the run up to Election Day, most political pundits and pollsters were not projecting victory for Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race. Prior to this year, the forecasting project PollyVote accurately predicted the winner in each presidential election dating back to 1992. One week after the General Election, WUWF called on University of West Florida political science professor Alfred Cuzan, co-founder of PollyVote, to see how it performed this time around. On the pollyvote.com website...


In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses what the election of Donald Trump means for the economic markets, the Federal Reserve and international trade.

With Hillary Clinton favored to win the 2016 presidential election, many were caught off guard when Trump emerged victorious.

“It defied expectations, and the market showed that,” Harper said. “What we saw Tuesday night and stretching into early Wednesday was a very negative reaction from the...

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

In some key races in Florida and across the conservative Northwest region, it was nearly a clean sweep for the Republican Party. Updating: GOP nominee Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. In Florida, Trump narrowly edged out Democrat Hillary Clinton, with 49 percent of the vote compared to nearly 48% for Clinton, and picked up all of the state’s 29 Electoral votes. Locally, Trump won nearly 74% of the vote in Santa Rosa and about 71% of the vote in Okaloosa. In...

On Tuesday, a runoff election will decide who will take the reins as mayor of Century for the next four years. The race is putting a spotlight on some of the problems plaguing the small town in northern Escambia County and hopes for its future. The race started out with four candidates. Still in the race are incumbent Freddie McCall and final challenger Henry Hawkins. Freddie McCall has deep roots in Century. “My family was raised here,” said McCall. “My father moved from Brewton, Alabama...

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about his recent economic outlook presentation to the Pensacola Rotary Club where he discussed issues that will face our next president, including interest rates, the national debt and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

With less than a week to the election, Harper spoke to the group about where the economy stands now and what we could see after all the votes are counted, particularly with the Federal Reserve and the...

Diego Carbajal

The 2016 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is this weekend, Nov. 4-6, at Seville Square. The event features over 200 artists, as well as this year’s Invited International Artist Diego Carbajal, a sculptor and Silversmith from Peru. Beforehand, local residents can hear about his work at a public presentation this Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. at the Pensacola State College Department of Art. Carbajal is making his first visit to the United States. He connected with the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival while...

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses an unexpected drop in housing starts in September and what it means for the larger economic landscape. Also, the SBDC released its first Florida Small Business Survey. Housing starts for September were down 9 percent from August and down 12 percent from September 2015, but Harper said digging deeper into the numbers from the Commerce Department’s monthly report reveals a really mixed bag. “For single family home starts, the report was...

Tre'Von Ware / University of West Florida

The second in a series of community workshops titled “Racial Tension: Cooling the Fires” is set for this Thursday, October 20, in downtown Pensacola. The event will be held at the J. Earle Bowden Building, 120 Church Street, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The workshops were initiated by the UWF Department of Social Work to focus on systemic racial problems in Escambia County. Julie Patton, an instructor in thedepartment, is one of the driving forces behind the workshops and led off the series last month...

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