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
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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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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