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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November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million people in the U.S., and up to five percent of those have early-onset Alzheimer’s.

In the first of a series of reports, we’ll take a closer look at early-onset Alzheimer’s and we’ll meet a local man, who’s trying to raise awareness by sharing his own story of life with the disease.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses a reduction in unemployment benefit claims, a healthier job markets and the success of the recent EntreCon business convention held Nov. 5-6 in Pensacola.

Harper said that both the weekly number and the four-week moving average for jobless claims are down well below 300,000 per week, which signals a “pretty decent jobs market.”

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Six Pensacola-area veterans will take to the stage this weekend for two performances of “Telling: Pensacola."

The first performance will be held at the University of West Florida Center for Fine and Performing Arts this Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m., 11000 University Parkway.

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The 2015 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is taking place this weekend in Pensacola. Each year, the event features an Invited International Artist; and this year’s special guest is British realist Alan Weston.

Over the next couple of days, Weston will visit local elementary schools and he’s scheduled to speak at a public event at 5:30 pm this Tuesday evening at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts at Pensacola State College.

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Despite Sunday’s rainy weather, there was a huge turnout for Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who held a book signing event at the Books-A-Million store in Pensacola.

Carson’s appearance at Books-a-Million is part of a national tour to promote his latest book, "A MORE PERFECT UNION What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties."

The book signing event comes on the heels of his recent surge in the polls, where he ranks at or near the top, along with GOP rival Donald Trump.

 

   In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses federal interest rates, gas prices and a recent Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. board of directors meeting in Miramar Beach.

As predicted, members of the Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve decided to keep interest rates the same.

 

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The Pensacola Bay Area League of Women Voters and its partners will continue their series of discussions of the School to Prison Pipeline, with a public forum at 5:30 p.m. Monday evening at Franco’s Italian Restaurant, 523 E. Gregory St.

This will be the second of three public forums aimed at raising awareness of the School to Prison Pipeline, which is a national problem whereby many children are being arrested for fairly minor offenses rather than disciplined at school. 

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the next meeting of Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc.  It will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 9 a.m. – noon at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Bayside Ballroom at 160 Sandestin Blvd. N., Miramar Beach, Florida, 32550.

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Executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals and academia will gather this week for ITEN Wired, a networking and learning opportunity aimed at fostering local economic development efforts surrounding innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

The 2015 event is being held this week, Thursday and Friday, at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, 12 Via de Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach. FL.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses this year’s annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium held October 11-13 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, FL.

“Think Big; think Northwest Florida,” said Harper referring to the theme of this year’s event, which had over 600 people in attendance.

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  Nearly 1 in 4 women in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Because of statistics like this, October has been proclaimed National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Although there are efforts to combat domestic violence, it continues to be a problem across the region.

In 2014, Escambia County had a slight increase in reported incidents of domestic violence, with a total of 3,201 cases overall and six domestic violence homicides.

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Environmental activist Joy Towels Ezell, founder of Help Our Polluted Environment (HOPE) is in Pensacola this week. During her visit, Ezell will share her experiences with Wedgewood area residents, who are fighting to clean up or shut down several polluted landfills in their communities.

The public talk will be held at the Marie Young Community Center , 6405 Wagner Road, beginning at 6 p.m.

Like many others on the front lines of the battle for environmental justice, Ezell has a personal story to tell. It all began more than 60 years ago, when she was just a little girl.

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Florida Chamber of Commerce 2015 Future of Florida Forum and Annual Meeting held this week in Orlando.

The annual gathering took place September 28-29 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

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  Officers from more than sixty law enforcement agencies across the Gulf Coast joined Florida Governor Rick Scott and a host of other state and local dignitaries and members of the public at a Memorial service Monday at Northwest Florida State College’s Raider Arena in Niceville for Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Myers. 

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Family, friends, and members of the community will gather today (Monday) to remember slain Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Myers. Myers was shot and killed after serving a domestic violence injunction in Shalimar last Tuesday, September 22.

A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. in the basketball arena at Northwest Florida State College. The service is open to the general public. A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night on the campus of North West Florida State College.

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