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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Severe Weather
7:39 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Flood Waters, Warnings, & Closures

Scenic Highway after flooding
Jonathan Thompson

Update 4/30/14 4:20 p.m.

Public schools in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties will remain closed on Thursday, May 1. School officials say more time is needed to evaluate flood damage to some schools and the condition of roads and bridges to ensure safe transport of students.

The University of West Florida will open on Thursday.  A revised final exam schedule and additional details are available at uwf.im/weather2014.  The John C. Pace Library reopens today at 6 p.m. for students' use.

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Economic Report
5:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Harper: State And Local Job Growth On The Upswing

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit Uiniversity of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the work to be done to come up with a budget agreement during the final week of the 2014 Florida Legislative Session.

Unlike the federal government, the state must have a balanced budget. According to Harper, one indicator of a healthier state economy since the Recession is that Florida no longer has to dip into its reserves to pay the state’s debt service. “We’re now back down to the level where the state is actively contributing to reserves,” he says.

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Spencer Set For 2014
1:26 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Return To Boston: Sandra Averhart Speaks With City Councilman & Runner Brian Spencer

Brian Spencer running in the 2006 Boston Marathon.
Credit Brian Spencer

It was one year ago that two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. This week, the city of Boston is marking the one-year anniversary of the April 15, 2013 bombing and preparing for this year’s race.

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Local Sports Victories
3:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Bubba Watson Wins Masters; Ice Flyers Win President's Cup

Bubba Watson puts on his second green jacket.
Credit via Sam Kessler

Bubba Watson won the 2014 Masters Golf Championship Sunday; his second win at August National in three years. Watson’s first Masters’ win in 2012 was also the first win of a major tournament on the PGA Tour.

He’s now just the seventeenth golfer to win the Masters - and its iconic green jacket - more than once.  Also, he’s just the fourth player in history to earn victories at the tournament in their first six or fewer appearances.

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Legislative Session Update
3:14 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gaetz Works Through Holiday; Seeks Feedback On Three Controversial Bills

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz
Credit Office of Don Gaetz

The Florida Legislature is taking a break this week in observance of the Passover and Easter holidays. But, Senate President Don Gaetz plans to remain in Tallahassee and work through the holiday week. In WUWF’s weekly update, Gaetz (R-Niceville) outlines the Senate’s approval of two education bills, extension of the historic ethics reform legislation that was passed last year, and the status of gaming legislation.

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