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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Cole vs. Melvin
10:03 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Incumbents Faceoff For Santa Rosa Commission District 2

Santa Rosa District 2 Commissioner Bob Cole and Santa Rosa District 4 Commissioner Jim Melvin.
Credit Santa Rosa County

In Santa Rosa, the August 26 Republican Primary features two races for county commissioner. Due to redistricting, the District 4 race is wide open, with six political newcomers seeking the seat and the current office-holder running in District 2.  

That means the District 2 race has been left with the unusual circumstance of having two sitting commissioners running against each other.

Bob Cole is the District 2 incumbent. The owner of an auto repair shop for nearly three decades, Cole has held the office for 12 years and is seeking his 4th term.          

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Heritage Tourism
1:40 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

State Promotes Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail

Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail Map
Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner was in Pensacola this week to kick off a “Beyond the Beaches” promotional campaign highlighting the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail.

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Economic Report
8:07 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Harper Expects Good Economic Outlook For Florida

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the meeting of state economists this week in Tallahassee. Florida has an office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) that reports on the economy to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House.

“EDR every year has to produce the state economic outlook.  And, one of the most important reasons to do that is because the governor as we head into autumn is going to be evaluating various proposals for state programs or tax relief and has to know the health of the economy,” says Harper.

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Operation Photo Rescue
12:50 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Volunteer Photo Restoration Possible After Flooding

Credit Operation Photo Rescue

Operation Photo Rescue is saving memories, one disaster at a time. And, the organization is now considering whether to come to the Pensacola area in the wake of the extensive damage from the local flooding event in April.

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Sports
11:27 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Derrick Brooks Enshrined In Pro Football Hall Of Fame

Derrick Brooks unveils his own bust for the NFL Hall Of Fame
Credit ESPN: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11300540&categoryid=2378529

Pensacola native Derrick Brooks was one of seven NFL greats in the Class of 2014 to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Brooks is currently a co-owner for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.

Brooks’ journey to the NFL began as a youngster in Pensacola, Florida. He was a standout defensive player at Washington High School and helped Florida State University win the 1993 National Championship.

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Economic Report
2:10 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Harper: Sales Tax Holiday Yields Mixed Results

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the benefits of the Back-to-School Tax Free Holiday that’s taking place this weekend (Aug 1-3), in Florida and Alabama. This is the second of three sales tax holidays in Florida this year.

The Hurricane Tax Free Holiday was held May 31-June 8. In September, there will be a sales tax holiday on the purchase of energy efficient appliances.

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Achieving Chief Petty Officer
5:08 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Local Author Helps Sailors Become Chief Petty Officers

Credit Savas Beatie LLC

With Naval Air Station Pensacola, Corry Station, and Whiting Field located in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, there are a number of young sailors who may be interested in the new book, The Ultimate Chief Petty Officer Guidebook: Tips, Tactics, and Techniques for Sailors Who are Serious about Becoming a Chief Petty Officer.

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Economic Report
5:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Harper: Local Job Growth Impressive, World Growth Disappointing

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projecting economic growth for 2014.

“It’s down somewhat...and a little disappointing” says Harper, noting IMF’s world GDP growth forecast of 3.4 percent for the remainder of the year. That's a little better than the 3.2% the world economy managed in 2013. However, their April forecast had been 3.6%. “So it’s a slight slowdown and we’re seeing that in a couple of different countries.”

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Economic Report
5:19 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Harper: 'Blues' Boost Tourism, Local Foreclosures Drop

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper reflects on Blue Angels weekend on Pensacola Beach. ‘Red, White and Blues Week’ follows the Fourth of July holiday weekend, which provides a critical boost to the local tourism industry over a stretch of about a week-and-a-half.

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Economic Report
2:55 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Harper: Packed Beaches Great For Local Economy

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the importance of the month of July to Northwest Florida’s tourism industry.

“In our climate zone, July is far and away the biggest month. It’s the month in which hoteliers and restaurateurs are able to charge top dollar, keep the place full. That’s when they pack away the profits they’ll need to make their lease or mortgage payments throughout the rest of the year,” says Harper, who adds that there are indications that it’s a good July this year.

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