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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And Give Up Showbiz?
11:06 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Fred Levin's Life Chronicled In New Book

Credit Finn Partners

In his new book, New York Times bestselling author Josh Young provides a detailed and insightful portrait of one of the nation’s most successful and contentious civil trial lawyers, Fred Levin of Pensacola. A meet with the author and his subject will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20 at Barnes and Noble on Airport Boulevard.

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The World According to Bowden
2:27 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Bowden Editorial Cartoons Displayed

PNJ Editor Emeritus J. Earle Bowden
Credit UWF J. Earle Bowden Cartoon Archive

The World According to Bowden will be on display in WUWF’s Gallery through October 31, with an opening reception set for Thursday, September 18 from 3-6 p.m. at WUWF, which is Building 88 on the University of West Florida Main Campus.

The exhibit features a selection of editorial cartoons by J. Earle Bowden, editor emeritus of the Pensacola News Journal.  The prints are from Bowden’s career collection now archived at the UWF John C. Pace Library.

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Economic Report
5:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Harper: State Economy Getting Back on Track

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest three-year economic outlook for Florida from the Legislature’s chief economist Amy Baker, head of the Office of Economic and Demographic Research.

The budget outlook is presented every August. Harper says after a bit of a slow start to 2014, January through May, the state appears to be getting back on track. “Now for the new fiscal year, which in Florida starts July 1 and runs through June 30, the forecast is that total revenues will be up about $1 Billion for this fiscal year.”

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Operation Photo Rescue
5:15 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Photo Restoration Group Helps Pensacola Flood Victims

Operation Photo Rescue Saves Memories
Credit Operation Photo Rescue

Operation Photo Rescue (OPR), a U.S. not-for-profit organization comprised of a worldwide network of volunteers will be in Pensacola, FL on September 26-27 to digitally copy photos for anyone whose pictures were damaged by the recent flooding.

Hosted by the Covenant Hospice, OPR will be onsite at 2001 N Palafox St, Pensacola, FL on Friday and Saturday, September 26-27 from 9 am to 5 pm both days.

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PPD Promotions
3:37 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Alexander Becomes Assistant Pensacola Police Chief

Alcuin Alexander (wife) pins on the new badge. They have been married 29 years.

The Pensacola Police Department has a new second-in-command.  David Alexander, III was promoted from captain to Assistant Chief, becoming the first African-American to be named to the post, since it was created in 1994.

Family and friends filled a large room at police headquarters on Thursday for a ‘badge pinning ceremony’ in honor of new Assistant Chief Alexander, and also to acknowledge Tommi Lyter’s advancement from Lieutenant to Captain.

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Economic Report
2:34 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Harper: August Job Growth Down; Still Decent Summer

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses job growth for the month of August.

This week, just days before the official U.S. Labor Department report, the payroll processing firm ADP (Automated Data Processing) released a report projecting that some 200, 000 new jobs were added in August.

“That’s a little bit lower than the consensus forecast by economists who track the job market,” says Harper.

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Economic Report
12:10 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Harper: Jobless Claims Down; Economy Relatively Healthy

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper, assistant vice president of economic development at the University of West Florida, discusses the latest jobless claims report.

The U.S. Department of Labor report for the week ended Aug. 23 showed that the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell for a second straight week last week to 298,000, with a four-week average at 299,750.

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Race Relations After Ferguson
8:28 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Pensacola Events Designed To Promote Racial Unity

Sandra Averhart

In the wake of the recent happenings in Ferguson, Missouri, St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church and the Pensacola Branch of the NAACP is hosting  two events this week titled “A Time for Unity in Black and White” to promote racial unity.

“I think it’s an opportunity to share in a safe place” says Pensacola Unity Ambassador Dr. Eurydice Stanley. She’s been helping to organize the ‘community conversations,’ the first of which was scheduled for this Monday evening, just hours after the funeral of  unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson two weeks ago.

It’s a very somber time, a very critical time for all of us to think about what it is that we believe, what it is that we feel and how are we going to stand up for one another,” she says.

Also notable about the community conversations, “A Time for Unity in Black and White,” is that the guest speaker will be Deborah Watts, Founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and Till family member. Additionally, the local unity events are just days before the 59th anniversary of Till’s lynching, on August 28, 1955, reportedly for flirting with a white woman.

Till, who was 14 years old and visiting family in Mississippi at the time, was taken from his family’s home and brutalized to the point where his mother could only identify his body by the ring he had on. For his funeral, Mamie Till made the decision to keep the casket open, because she wanted to the world to see what happened to him.

“The lynching is not the physical lynching that it was before,” says John Veasley, President of the Pensacola Branch of the NAACP, which is co-presenting the events.  He adds there is still much work to do on the issue of race in America. “We want to make people aware that racial equality is not here. We are not a post-racial society, even though President Obama has been office for about six years," Veasley says.

And, Veasley adds that Pensacola is all too familiar with the controversy over law enforcement’s use of force within the African American community, noting the case of Roy Middleton, who was shot by Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies at  his Pensacola area home one year ago. The officers fired over a dozen shots and struck Middleton twice.

“That was a very unfortunate incident and somehow the grand jury said that was okay, that law enforcement had responded appropriately. We don’t think so,” he said.

Veasley says this week’s unity events provide a good opportunity for people in the community to voice their concerns and hear how law enforcement works, and civil rights works.  The first “A Time for Unity in Black and White” event on this Monday evening is focused specifically on youth, from age 5 to 18.

A separate event geared for adults will be offered Wednesday. Both events will be held at 6 p.m. at St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church on 620 E. Jordan Street. Both nights will feature a viewing of the documentary, “Who Killed Emmett Till?”

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Economic Report
12:16 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Harper Excited About New Role With Studer Institute

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper, assistant vice president of economic development at the University of West Florida, discusses the announcement this week regarding his new position with the Studer Institute.

A partnership with UWF will allow Harper to become Director of the Institute.

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Cole vs. Melvin
10:03 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Incumbents Faceoff For Santa Rosa Commission District 2

Santa Rosa District 2 Commissioner Bob Cole and Santa Rosa District 4 Commissioner Jim Melvin.
Credit Santa Rosa County

In Santa Rosa, the August 26 Republican Primary features two races for county commissioner. Due to redistricting, the District 4 race is wide open, with six political newcomers seeking the seat and the current office-holder running in District 2.  

That means the District 2 race has been left with the unusual circumstance of having two sitting commissioners running against each other.

Bob Cole is the District 2 incumbent. The owner of an auto repair shop for nearly three decades, Cole has held the office for 12 years and is seeking his 4th term.          

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