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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Economic Report
1:56 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Harper: Gulf Power Symposium Takes Close Look at Region's Economy

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses this year’s annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium, set take place Monday and Tuesday, Oct 13 and 14 at the Baytowne Conference Center in Sandestin. This year’s theme is ‘Game Plan for the Future…What’s Your Next Move?

“It’s a super event,” says Harper. “It’s really the one chance where business leaders, analysts, guests from around the nation, who are expert in various areas of economics and business, get together to talk about where’ve been in Northwest Florida and where we’re going.”

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Voices of Pensacola
4:56 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

UPDATED: Multicultural Resource Center Highlights Pensacola's Diverse History

Sandra Averhart

Voices of Pensacola is a multicultural resource center highlighting the city’s diverse history and it’s now open to the public. It officially opened on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Voices of Pensacola is a project of UWF Historic Trust, which used a $605,000 gift from Gulf Power Company and its parent Southern Company, to transform one of its historic downtown properties, previously known as the Beacon Building.

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Economic Report
1:19 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Harper: ITEN Wired Important For IT Job Recruitment

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses this year’s ITEN Wired Regional Technology Summit. The event, taking place October 2-3 in Pensacola, is aimed at fostering local economic development efforts surrounding innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.

“It’s an exciting event,” said Harper, noting that this is the eleventh year for the conference, which is sponsored by the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce.

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Gulf Power Learns From Ivan
11:37 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Gulf Power More Storm Ready 10 Years After Ivan

Gulf Power crews repairing power lines.
Gulf Power Company

As the month of October was beginning in 2004, the region was still reeling from the September 16 landfall of Hurricane Ivan. One of the most significant impacts of the extensive storm damage was the loss of electricity. In Northwest Florida, that means Gulf Power Company was at the center of restoration efforts.

Ultimately, the utility’s response to the storm went a long way toward helping the company improve its storm readiness today.

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Economic Report
12:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Harper: GDP Estimate Up; Jobless Claims Down

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest Gross Domestic Product. The GDP report released last week was the second of three estimates for the second quarter. “The good news is that it’s up relative to the initial estimate,” says Harper. 

The initial estimate had been 4 percent.  The revised rate is 4.2% GDP growth. The biggest gains were in the areas of consumer spending, exports, and business investment spending.

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Operation Photo Rescue
4:16 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Flood Victims Get Photo Restoration Help

Operation Photo Rescue restoration sample.
Credit Operation Photo Rescue

Pensacola area residents, whose cherished photos were damaged by the April 30, 2014 flood, are getting some help with digital restoration from the group, Operation Photo Rescue. Volunteers from OPR will be in the area this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 26-27), working out of Covenant Hospice in Pensacola from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  

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'Addams Family the Musical'
1:59 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Gulf Breeze High School Play Part Of State Competition

The Gulf Breeze High School Cast

  Gulf Breeze High School Drama will perform a production of the new Broadway musical comedy Addams Family the Musical on Friday, September 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. It’s a one-night only performance that’s part of a state competition.

The play is based on the Addams Family TV show, which originally aired in the 1960’s. Addams Family the Musical opened on Broadway in 2010 and now it’s a production of Gulf Breeze High School Drama…initially performed last spring.

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Economic Report
1:21 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Harper: Ivan Created Economic Boom

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper reviews where the region is ‘10 years on from Hurricane Ivan.’ The devastating storm struck the Florida-Alabama gulf coast, coming ashore at Gulf Shores, Alabama on September 16, 2004.

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And Give Up Showbiz?
11:06 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Fred Levin's Life Chronicled In New Book

Credit Finn Partners

In his new book, New York Times bestselling author Josh Young provides a detailed and insightful portrait of one of the nation’s most successful and contentious civil trial lawyers, Fred Levin of Pensacola. A meet with the author and his subject will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20 at Barnes and Noble on Airport Boulevard.

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The World According to Bowden
2:27 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Bowden Editorial Cartoons Displayed

PNJ Editor Emeritus J. Earle Bowden
Credit UWF J. Earle Bowden Cartoon Archive

The World According to Bowden will be on display in WUWF’s Gallery through October 31, with an opening reception set for Thursday, September 18 from 3-6 p.m. at WUWF, which is Building 88 on the University of West Florida Main Campus.

The exhibit features a selection of editorial cartoons by J. Earle Bowden, editor emeritus of the Pensacola News Journal.  The prints are from Bowden’s career collection now archived at the UWF John C. Pace Library.

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