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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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses revised tourism figures from the state of Florida, a slowing U.S economy to start 2015, and job prospects for the graduating Class of 2015.

University of West Florida researcher Dr. Raid Amin is getting more scientific support for his work in identifying pediatric cancer clusters in Florida. A newly published article chronicles recent findings that show higher-than-expected childhood cancers in the Miami area. The article appeared in the on-line journal “Statistics and Public Policy,” which is a project of the American Statistical Association.

Lindsay Myers

Many of the people who participated in the 1960’s Sit-ins in downtown Pensacola returned over the weekend for the unveiling of a historical marker honoring their efforts.

Patricia Turner Jefferson kicked off the ceremony, which was held Saturday at the corner of Palafox and Garden streets, right in the heart of downtown Pensacola where the sit-ins took place, "We feel excited that we can say to the state of Florida, to the city of Pensacola, that there was a difference made under the leadership of a remarkable man Rev. William Dobbins."

   In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses economic issues related to the fifth anniversary of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

It was on April 20, 2010 that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing eleven people and triggering a sea-floor oil gusher that flowed for nearly three months. It was the nation's largest off-shore oil spill.

UWF Historic Trust

The Pensacola NAACP is hosting a ceremony Saturday to commemorate the 1960 Sit-Ins in downtown Pensacola: the event will honor the young people who participated in those sit-ins and the man who led the effort.

Back in 1960, Cheryle Allen was a budding civil rights activist: just 14 years old and in the 9th grade, when a group of black college students organized the first of a wave of lunch-counter sit-ins at a Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper reviews the latest jobs report and discusses happenings in downtown Pensacola, including the opening of the 2015 season for the Pensacola Blue Wahooos.

The U.S. economy created just 126,000 jobs in March. That number was far fewer than the 245,000 economists had expected.

CarFit

The University of West Florida Center on Aging is hosting a CarFit event this week on the UWF Main Campus. The CarFit program teaches older adult drivers how to make their personal vehicle “fit” them better for increased mobility and improved safety when they hit the road.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the 2015 Economic Mobility Conference, the recently released Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings, and his latest economic column on education funding.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest jobless claims report, another decline in mortgage rates, fluctuating oil prices, and a new Census Bureau report on the fastest growing cities in the U.S.

“The latest report was good,” said Harper noting that 282,000 people filed initial claims for jobless benefits. “Any time you’re down below 300,000, clearly it’s a good sign for the labor market.”

According to the Labor Department, the number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell by 9,000 last week.

University of West Florida

An evening of “Classical Music from India” is the next event in the University of West Florida Pace Symposium Series. It’s set for this Saturday evening at 6:00 at the UWF Center for Fine & Performing Arts.

The concert features a performance by the internationally known mother – daughter duo Sarojini Sundaresan and Leelaa Rao. They are very accomplished Classic Carnatic vocalists and composers, who now make their home in Pensacola. 

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