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 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.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the closing of a grant program established in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

From an economic standpoint, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is important in that it marks the unofficial start to the tourist season.

“Tourism is looking good across northwest Florida,” Harper said. “The beach metro areas are seeing strong visitation increases and that’s a good sign.”

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra is holding its annual ‘Music for Families’ concert this Saturday, May 23 at the Saenger Theatre. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and the concert starts at 11:00.

The purpose of “Music for Families” is to provide a fun and entertaining introduction to classical music for children ages 3-12.

The PSO launched the program about a decade ago, holding the first event at N.B. Cook Elementary School for the Arts.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the University of West Florida’s newly created Center for Research and Economic Opportunity (CREO) and the hiring outlook for new college graduates.

CREO is the result of a merger of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of Economic Development and Engagement (OEDE).

Gulf Islands National Seashore

The shorebird nesting season at Gulf Islands National Seashore is reaching its halfway point. But, protecting the birds and preserving their nests is an uphill battle.

Shorebird nesting at the seashore typically begins in March, when snowy plovers begin arriving from South America. According to National Park Service biologist Mark Nicholas, complicating the situation is the fact that the birds are very small and make their nests in the sand.

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the findings of an upward mobility study that shows where children grow up affects how much income they earn as adults.

The Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) hosted a series of public workshops this week on the 2015 Transportation Project Priorities. The sessions provided an opportunity for residents to help determine a transportation game-plan for the area over the next 25 years.  

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses revised tourism figures from the state of Florida, a slowing U.S economy to start 2015, and job prospects for the graduating Class of 2015.

University of West Florida researcher Dr. Raid Amin is getting more scientific support for his work in identifying pediatric cancer clusters in Florida. A newly published article chronicles recent findings that show higher-than-expected childhood cancers in the Miami area. The article appeared in the on-line journal “Statistics and Public Policy,” which is a project of the American Statistical Association.

Lindsay Myers

Many of the people who participated in the 1960’s Sit-ins in downtown Pensacola returned over the weekend for the unveiling of a historical marker honoring their efforts.

Patricia Turner Jefferson kicked off the ceremony, which was held Saturday at the corner of Palafox and Garden streets, right in the heart of downtown Pensacola where the sit-ins took place, "We feel excited that we can say to the state of Florida, to the city of Pensacola, that there was a difference made under the leadership of a remarkable man Rev. William Dobbins."

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