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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NAACP Pensacola Branch

Selma, Alabama will be in the spotlight this weekend for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights. 

Locally, the NAACP Pensacola Branch has organized a bus trip, with plans to be in Selma on Sunday for the 2015 crossing of the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge.

One of the organizers of the trip is Dr. Eurydice Stanley, who took part in the 2014 Selma March commemoration.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses early childhood learning, which is the subject of the third and final installment of the Studer Community Institute’s three part series on education in the Pensacola Metro area.

Harper is director of the Institute, in addition to his role as director of the University of West Florida Office of Economic Development and Engagement.

Efforts are underway in the state to get a constitutional amendment on the 2016 General Election ballot that would restore voting rights to felons on the state’s 2016 General Election ballot. On Monday, March 2, the Pensacola Coffee Party and League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area will present a public discussion of the topic. The forum will be held at Franco’s Italian Restaurant at 6 p.m.

Currently, Florida is one of the toughest states in the country - along with Kentucky and Iowa- for ex-felons seeking to have their civil rights restored.

The enslaved people who lived and worked at the historic Arcadia Mill was the topic of a talk this Tuesday; Feb. 24 at the Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Resource Center, downtown. The presentation is part of the University of West Florida’s Black History Month Lunch & Learn Lecture series.

Arcadia Mill was one of the first and largest water-powered industrial complexes in Northwest Florida. Located just west of Milton, it started in 1828 and operated until 1855.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the second installment of the Studer Community Institute’s three part series on education in the Pensacola area.

The University of West Florida is highlighting Black History with “The Shifting Ground” Film Series focusing on the Civil Rights Movement. Over the next few weeks, there will two documentary film presentations, as well as a program featuring celebrated civil rights leader Rev. H.K. Matthews.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Studer Community Institute’s launch of a three-part series focusing on education in the Pensacola area.

Harper is director of the Institute, which is a not-for-profit organization that highlights important issues in the Pensacola community and works towards innovative solutions.

University of West Florida

This week Dr. Rick Harper wrote several reports on jobs across the region, in Panama City, Okaloosa County, and Pensacola. He spoke with Sandra Averhart.

SA: "The Pensacola area sees job gains in December- Real estate, hospitality among sectors that have hit pre-recession employment levels."

Sandra Averhart

The Escarosa Coalition on the Homeless (ECOH) is still working to complete its 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless Survey. The annual event is aimed at determining how many homeless people live in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. It’s also about determining and addressing those individual’s most pressing needs.

For the two-county region, the count and survey of unsheltered homeless was conducted over a 24-hour period beginning Wednesday, Jan. 28.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses his recent economic column, in which he details how sales data reflect seasonal ebb and flow of tourist traffic.

“That’s an important issue for Florida,” said Harper. He notes that the central and southern portions of the state, such as Miami, Naples, Sarasota and Punta Gorda, tend to attract their highest level of visitor traffic in the January through March/April time period.