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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Residents in Escambia County are being urged speak up about school discipline and school arrests.  

Community groups such as the ACLU of Northwest Florida and the Escambia Youth Justice Coalition are calling on residents to push for changes in the district’s disciplinary policies, which they say disproportionately impact African American students.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest reports on unemployment benefits, job growth, retail sales, and mortgage rates.

According to the U.S. Labor Department, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, yet remained at a historically low level.

The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season is off to a quiet start. But, if a storm were to threaten the Florida/Alabama gulf coast, local officials are ready and want you to be as well.

For emergency management personnel, preparedness is a year-round venture. However, Brad Baker, emergency management director for Santa Rosa, says in the run up to June 1, which marks the beginning of hurricane season, there’s always a special focus on ‘hurricane’ readiness.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the University of West Florida’s recently signed memorandum of understanding with Space Florida and the upcoming Affordable Housing Summit in Pensacola.

Eglin Air Force Base

Nearly three months after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in March in Santa Rosa Sound, the investigation has been completed. The report has concluded that the cause of the accident that killed all 11 crew members was the result of “spatial disorientation.”

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper provides analysis of recently released U.S. Census figures.

“We’ve declined in population over the years, as people have moved out to the suburbs,” said Harper, referring to the number of people living in the City of Pensacola, which is the urban core of a larger metro area including Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The metro area population estimate for 2014 is 474,081.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the closing of a grant program established in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

From an economic standpoint, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is important in that it marks the unofficial start to the tourist season.

“Tourism is looking good across northwest Florida,” Harper said. “The beach metro areas are seeing strong visitation increases and that’s a good sign.”

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra is holding its annual ‘Music for Families’ concert this Saturday, May 23 at the Saenger Theatre. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and the concert starts at 11:00.

The purpose of “Music for Families” is to provide a fun and entertaining introduction to classical music for children ages 3-12.

The PSO launched the program about a decade ago, holding the first event at N.B. Cook Elementary School for the Arts.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the University of West Florida’s newly created Center for Research and Economic Opportunity (CREO) and the hiring outlook for new college graduates.

CREO is the result of a merger of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of Economic Development and Engagement (OEDE).

Gulf Islands National Seashore

The shorebird nesting season at Gulf Islands National Seashore is reaching its halfway point. But, protecting the birds and preserving their nests is an uphill battle.

Shorebird nesting at the seashore typically begins in March, when snowy plovers begin arriving from South America. According to National Park Service biologist Mark Nicholas, complicating the situation is the fact that the birds are very small and make their nests in the sand.

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