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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Domestic Violence
12:01 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Shelter House Hosts Luminaria Run To Raise Domestic Violence Awareness

Credit The Shelter House

Shelter House of Northwest Florida is getting set for its 3rd annual “Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence.” The twilight event will be held this evening at the Destin City Hall Annex beginning at 4:30 p.m.  

For this year’s run, there’s a 5K and a 9K.  “The 9K is representative of (the fact that) every nine seconds a woman is beaten in the United States,” says Michelle Sperzel.

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Online Shopping Continues Growth
5:59 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Harper Projects Modest Holiday Retail Sales

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses holiday retail sales, noting that the forecast calls for a relatively soft season.  Specifically, he says Cyber Monday shopping continues to grow at a higher rate than in stores, although the rate of growth is more modest than the 8 to 10 percent clip in years past.  One of the marketing tools created to combat that trend is Small Business Saturday.

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Domestic Violence
2:41 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Luminaria Run Highlights End To Domestic & Sexual Violence

The Shelter House's 3rd annual Luminaria Run is this weekend.
Credit The Shelter House

Shelter House of Northwest Florida is making final preparations for its 3rd annual "Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence" on Saturday, Dec. 7. The twilight event will be held at the Destin City Hall Annex beginning at 4:30 p.m.

For this year’s Luminaria Run, there’s a 5K and a 9K.

"The 9K is representative of (the fact that) every nine seconds a woman is beaten in the United States," says Michelle Sperzel.

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World AIDS Day
9:24 am
Mon December 2, 2013

On World AIDS Day Locals Remember Those Gone and Encourage Education

World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on December 1st.  Pensacola and surrounding communities held an observance at the Hancock Pavilion at Community Maritime Park Stadium.
 

The event provided an opportunity support those suffering from HIV and AIDS.  Also, it was a time to remember those 1,224 Northwest Florida residents who have lost their lives to the disease. Many of those individuals were honored with AIDS memorial quilts that were hung from the rafters.

There were performances by the Belmont Youth Band and Ballet Pensacola.

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Ft. Pickens
3:09 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Ft. Pickens Closes Road Through Friday Due to Heavy Wind and Rain

Gulf Islands National Seashore has closed the Fort Pickens Area to all incoming public use due to the winds
and high surf from the Monday night weather event, effective Tuesday, November 26 through Friday, November 29. When announcing this closure, Superintendent Dan Brown said, "With this weather and the
associated wind and high surf, low lying sections of the Fort Pickens Road have been overwashed and are
covered with water and sand.”

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National Alzheimers Research Month
5:07 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

UWF Research Focuses on Early Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Age is the highest risk factor for Alzheimer's.
Credit United Nations Photo

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  Based on the latest statistics for 2013, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and someone develops the disease every 68 seconds.  Additionally, in 2012 there were 15 million caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

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KlaasKIDS Organizes Walk
1:15 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Walk Highlights Missing Person Cases

"The Sanctuary" sculpture at Hawkshaw Lagoon Memorial Park.
Credit The Hawkshaw Lagoon Missing Children Memorial, Inc.

The KlaasKIDS Foundation is sponsoring its inaugural “Light the Way Home for the Missing” walk this Sunday in downtown Pensacola.  The event is designed to raise awareness about missing person cases along the Gulf Coast.  

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Economics with Rick Harper
12:49 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Rick Harper: New Fed Chair and Job Growth

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest on the Senate confirmation of Janet Yellen as the next chair of the Federal Reserve.  Her nomination passed 14-8 through the Senate Banking Committee this week, and Harper expects her floor vote in the Senate will go well.  But, he believes Yellen will face big challenges as the economy continues a slow recovery.

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Local News
10:34 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Rick Harper: Florida Gaming and October Jobs

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Florida Gaming Impact Study and various issues related to the Florida Legislature’s plans to address the comprehensive gaming legislation in the 2014 session.  The Florida Senate Committee on Gaming is holding a series of public hearings around the state.  One of those was held this week at Pensacola State College.

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Chautauqua Series features Lincoln Interpreter
2:02 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

UWF Celebrates Gettysburg Address

Actor Michael Krebs as Abraham Lincoln
Credit Shuman Photography / With Lincoln Productions

The University of West Florida is launching a new Chautauqua Series, with the first of four “cast of one” performances on Friday, Nov. 15th in the UWF Conference Center. “An Evening with Abraham Lincoln” is being presented in observance of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and will feature nationally known Lincoln interpreter Michael Krebs.

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