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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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.

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.  

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.

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.

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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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the third quarter Gross Domestic Product, which reflected an increase of 2.85 percent, stronger than the second quarter GDP estimate of 1.9 percent. 

Harper credits the increase with growth in inventory investment and in structures and residential investments.

Additionally, payroll provider ADP reports that Florida’s growth in private sector jobs has slowed to about 8500 jobs in September.  Harper says that’s still short of pre recession levels of about 13,000 new jobs per month. 

Peter King / Peter King Ceramics

The City of Gulf Breeze is holding a dedication ceremony at 2:00 pm Sunday, November 10, for its newest public art piece. The Gulf Breeze Arch was created by internationally renowned architectural ceramists Peter King and Xinia Marin. It’s the third of five public art installations to be commissioned by the City to commemorate 50 years of incorporation. 

Two people were injured this Monday morning in an air training crash on one of the runways at Sherman Field aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station.   The crash, involving a Navy T-45, occurred around 10:30 during a routine training flight. The two crew members onboard were taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

Lindsay Myers

A benefit concert in Pensacola Sunday will help the mother of an autistic child complete training in an intensive, home-based therapy program. While, the Son-Rise Program isn’t widely acclaimed in the Autism community, Mary Sanford believes in its effectiveness and plans to share what she’s learning with other parents of autistic children.

Sanford, who is an elementary school music teacher in Escambia County, organized the benefit.  She’s calling it “Ari’s Big Fundraiser.”  Ari is her four year old son, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 20 months old.

www.favorhouse.org / Favor House of Northwest Florida, Inc.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so designated by Congress in 1989.  During this month, there’s a concentrated effort to draw attention to the problem of domestic violence, celebrate survivors, and connect those working to end such violent crime. 

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