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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Archaeology Month
12:21 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Florida History Highlighted During Archaeology Month

Credit Florida Public Archaeology Network

The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) has scheduled a full slate of events in March in observance of Archaeology Month 2014 in Florida.  During the month, FPAN joins with the Florida Division of Historical Resources, Florida Archaeological Council and Florida Anthropological Society to present a number of programs for the public.

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Economics with Rick Harper
12:16 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Harper: Proposed Military Budget Includes Positives For Northwest Florida

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Defense announced by Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel. The plan asks for $522 billion. Harper says, “If you look over time the draw down is substantial and a lot of it falls on the Army. We’re looking at moving from an Army of 520,000 troops down to one of about 450,000 troops.” That would take American military forces to the lowest level since before World War II.

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Overcoming Adversity
11:19 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Overcoming Adversity: UWF Program Highlights Carl Brashear Story

Credit Carl Brashear Foundation

“Overcoming Adversity” is the topic of a lecture and program this Wednesday, February 26 at the University of West Florida Conference Center. The featured speaker is Philip Brashear, son of the late Master Chief and Master Diver Carl Brashear who was the first African-American and amputee to become a U.S. Navy diver.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo
4:57 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

LISTEN: Sandra Averhart Speaks With Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Credit WUWF

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been singing together for 50 years. The group was first brought together in 1964 and they are returning to Northwest Florida, following a performance in Pensacola in 2006. You can hear them again  on March 21 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

Albert Mazibuko is a co-founder and one of the last original members of the group. Sandra Averhart spoke with Mazibuko last week.

Interview Highlights

On being back in America:

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Economic Report
9:36 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Dr. Rick Harper: Pensacon Boosts Winter Economy

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the economics of the inaugural Pensacon convention. Organizers projected between 5,000 and 10,000 people would attend the event, which quickly filled the Crown Plaza Hotel and Pensacola Bay Center.  “It is big, and it’s rare that in February you have a downtown hotel reporting that it’s fully booked,” Harper says.

To further make the point on the significance of the event during the “winter visitation trough,” he says that there are just a few big weekends during the height of the tourist season that beach hotels fill up.

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