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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  Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is hosting its 2nd Annual Community Summit this week. The event is being presented in partnership with NeighborWorks America and Gulf Power Company. It opens on Thursday, June 9 at 1 p.m. at Gulf Power headquarters downtown, 1 Energy Place.

Habitat’s Executive Director Tim Evans stopped by the WUWF studios to talk about this follow up to their inaugural Affordable Housing Summit held in 2015.

This year, organizers opted to broaden the scope of discussion and fittingly are calling this year’s event a community summit. 

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses what Memorial Day tourism numbers are telling us about the 2016 tourist season. He also talks about the potential threat the Zika virus poses to Florida tourism, and he discusses new grants that could benefit the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem.

 

The Memorial Day holiday signaled the beginning of the 2016 tourist season, and it looks like the area is off to a good start.

 

Photo courtesy of Escambia County Emergency Management

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane is underway. The six month period officially runs from June 1 – November 30. Local and state governments have been working hard to prepare, just last month participating in the annual statewide hurricane season exercise involving response to the fictionalized Category-4 Hurricane Kimo.

Locally, Escambia County took part in the drill.  John Dosh is the county’s Emergency Management Director and he spoke with Sandra Averhart about the exercise, the county’s general readiness, and his message to residents as hurricane season begins.

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about the changes in overtime pay rules, the latest unemployment numbers and the prospect of the Federal Reserve’s next interest rate increase.

New federal regulations have nearly doubled the the amount of overtime pay employees are eligible to receive. Harper said the rules are drastic, in part, because they are cumulative.

 

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses record numbers of visitors in the first quarter of 2016 and the direct effect on Florida’s tourism job numbers.

 

Florida’s tourism business is booming. A report released by the governor’s office this week said that 29.8 million visitors came to the state in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 4.8 percent over the same period last year.

 

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the 10th anniversary of the reefing of the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany and its subsequent economic impact, as well as a rise in applications for unemployment benefits nationally. 

The USS Oriskany was sunk in May 2006, about 20 miles off the coast of Northwest Florida, creating the largest man-made artificial reef in the world.

Harper said the Oriskany has been “a great innovation for our coastal tourism economy and also a great opportunity for research.”

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses underperforming job numbers and where job growth is – and isn’t – in Northwest Florida.

The Automatic Data Processing Inc. Research Institute latest monthly report, released Wednesday, showed that while job creation was still occurring in April, it was at a slower pace than expected.

Pensacola Children's Chorus

The Pensacola Children’s Chorus presents its 26th annual production of "Showtime" this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre.

"Showtime 2016" will be the final show for Founding Artistic Directors Susan and Allen Pote, who are retiring.  But, in rehearsals this week they’re working to make this last show one of their best.

Michael Spooneybarger / CREO University of West Florida

Children’s Book Week is being observed this week, May 2 – 8, 2016. 

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. It was established by Boy Scouts of America and is now administered by Every Child A Reader, with the Children's Book Council as the anchor sponsor. 

Pensacola Children's Chorus

The Pensacola Children’s Chorus will host a tribute dinner honoring the careers of founding artistic directors Susan and Allen Pote, following their final performance. “Showtime” will be presented May 6-8 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre.

The tribute dinner will take place Tuesday, May 17, 6:00 p.m. at the Naval Aviation Museum. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, May 3.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about the first quarter Gross Domestic Product report, the Federal Reserve’s decision to hold interest rates, and growth in both Navarre Beach and downtown Pensacola.

 

The GDP report was released this week and reports that the U.S. economy’s annual growth slowed to just 0.5 percent in the first three months of 2016.

 

“It’s disappointing,” Harper said. “Half a percent is not in the range we’d like to see.”

 

Action for Healthy Kids

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County is putting the public health spotlight on children this week. “Every Kid Healthy Week” is part of their overall effort to fight childhood obesity and promote healthy behaviors for youth.

Earth Day Pensacola

The 46th  anniversary of Earth Day is being celebrated at events taking place across the country this 

weekend. Locally observances are set for Saturday.

The Okaloosa County Earth Day Beach Cleanup will be held from 8-10 a.m. Cleanup will take place at Beasley Park and Beach on Okaloosa Island, and Henderson Beach State Park in Destin. The annual Earth Day Pensacola celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bayview Park.

The theme for this year is Energy, Transportation & Sustainability.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the UWF Student Scholar Symposium and Faculty Research Showcase that took place at the University’s Field House on Thursday and featured “scholarly and creative works produced through collaboration between UWF students and faculty.”

 

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the impact of the Downtown Improvement Board’s announcement that Gallery Night and the Pelican Drop are ending, the re-instating of EDATES and a new medical facility coming to Pace.

 

In a surprise announcement, The DIB announced that the popular downtown Pensacola Gallery Nights will end in September. The DIB said that they would be using their funds on other projects.

 

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