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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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.

Nathan Monk

The 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless Survey is underway around the country. The count is conducted over a 24 hour period to count sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons and to determine their most pressing needs.  Locally, the 2015 survey in Okaloosa and Walton Counties was conducted on January 22. The Escarosa Coalition on the Homeless will begin its annual count on this Wednesday.   

This year, the Point In Time Survey is starting a little earlier than usual, with plans for volunteers to fan out at sunrise.

UWF Wellness Services

The University of West Florida has released details of two reported sexual assaults this month that allegedly took place in a residence hall room. One was reported on Jan. 7; the other reportedly occurred on Jan. 18.

Also, there were two reports of acquaintance or date sexual assault in November.  

Such cases should be reported to the UWF Police Department for investigation. But, there is also an internal probe, which is required for Title IX compliance.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses several recently announced economic developments in Northwest Florida.

In Pensacola, the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition announced that it’s ready to resume the planned expansion of its downtown research facility, after a near year-long delay due to the April 2014 flooding.

UWF//City of Pensacola

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday will be commemorated Monday with the annual MLK Parade in downtown Pensacola. It’s set for 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19.

Leading the way as Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Mamie Webb Hixon, Asst. Professor of English and writing lab director for the University of West Florida. Also, Hixon will be the keynote speaker at a program afterward.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper provides analysis of Governor Rick Scott’s recommended education budget, the improving housing industry, and Visit Florida’s “Destination 2020” tourism plan.

In his "Keep Florida Working" budget plan for 2015-2016, Gov. Scott is proposing historic per pupil funding of $7,176, an increase of $50 over the previous record for fiscal year 2007-2008. 

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