Dave Dunwoody

Journalist/Producer

Dave came to WUWF in September, 2002, after 14 years as News Director at the Alabama Radio Network in Montgomery, Mobile and Birmingham and a total of 27 years in commercial radio. He's also served as Alabama Bureau Chief for United Press International, and a stringer for the Birmingham Post-Herald.

The Trion, Georgia native was news director at stations in Anniston, Scottsboro and Fort Payne in Alabama, where he also broadcast football, basketball and baseball play-by-play. Dave also “played the hits” at rock and country music stations in Lafayette, Albany and Rome, Georgia and in Burlington, North Carolina.

During his time at WUWF, Dave has earned a B.A. in Communication Arts/Journalism at the University of West Florida (Class of 2012).  He’s married to the former Linda Shiell, a Pensacola native, and they live in Pensacola with their cats Gigi, Lucy, and Zoe and dog Lili. Dave is also a passionate fan of Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons, and West Florida Argonauts football; the Atlanta Braves, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Pensacola Ice Flyers, and Tampa Bay Lightning.  His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.

City of Pensacola

  

What attitudes do the Pensacola residents hold about their city? The 2020 Resident Satisfaction Survey has been delivered to the city by the UWF Haas Business Center.

Almost 1,300 respondents completed the 7th annual survey, highlighting areas of success with city services and Pensacola’s image, along with identifying opportunities for improvement.

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The City of Pensacola is bringing back some of the COVID-19 precautions from earlier this year to combat the new wave of the virus.

Speaking at his weekly news conference, the mayor said you need not look any further than City Hall to see the new rise in coronavirus numbers.

“We’ve got probably the highest [rate] in some time at the city, not because they actually have COVID, but because they’ve had exposure,” the mayor said. “We also have several people who are awaiting tests, and we find ourselves in an unusual position, but one that’s kind of common these days.”

UWF

Responding a jump in hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson issued State of Emergency Declaration 20-07 on Tuesday.

Hospitalizations in the city’s three hospitals -- Ascension-Sacred Heart; Baptist, and West Florida -- increasing to 78 as of Tuesday, three more than the threshold set by Robinson.

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The Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese is responding to a report from the Florida Attorney General’s office on diocesan sexual abuse cases.

The incident allegedly occurred in 2002 at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tallahassee. The Diocese announced on Thursday that, through an internal investigation of all seven dioceses in the state, it was determined the allegation against Father Edward Jones is credible.

Bishop William Wack has led the local diocese since 2017.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson said a couple of weeks ago he would be glad when the 2020 election was over. Now that he’s got his wish, he used part of his weekly news conference to share his thoughts on the vote.

The mayor began his remarks referring to the District-1 city council race between incumbent P.C. Wu and Jennifer Brahier, which is in a recount.

It appears a runoff will be conducted for the Pensacola City Council’s District-1 seat, after the candidates were deadlocked on Tuesday — literally.

It’s among the rarest of election results. On Tuesday night, incumbent P.C. Wu and challenger Jennifer Brahier each had collected 2,339 votes for 50% each. As of Thursday morning, Brahier had five more votes at 2,344. Supervisor of Elections David Stafford says it’s now on to the next step.

Michelle Salzman for Florida House District 1

Voters in the Florida Panhandle joined their downstate neighbors to make their pick for president, Congress, and state and local government.

Republican Michelle Salzman is the new state representative from House District-1, garnering 65%  of the vote over Democrat Franscine Mathis. Salzman said the key was defeating incumbent Mike Hill in the August GOP primary.

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Voters across Florida have been casting ballots since 7 a.m. local time in today’s General Election. This after more than nine million ballots were cast early and by mail.

That nine million-plus figure equals nearly 63% of all registered voters. As a possible result, wait times are not expected to be long in most locations.

Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Office

Early Voting in Florida wrapped up on Saturday, with all counties in the northwest part of the state reporting turnout at 55% or higher. There were more in-person early votes cast than through the mail.

Early turnout in Escambia and Walton Counties were at 55%, with Santa Rosa at 56. Okaloosa led the region at just over 60% as of Monday, according to Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux.

City of Pensacola

Construction of the new Three Mile Bridge – or at least its immediate future – was among topics discussed at Mayor Grover Robinson’s weekly news conference on Monday.

“We have been having weekly meetings with FDOT; and frankly, the reason we’re on those calls every week is to make sure that there’s no surprises,” said State Sen. Doug Broxson (R-Gulf Breeze).

Baptist Healthcare

Three years from now, the new Baptist Hospital will open its doors near the intersection of Brent Lane and Interstate 110. Ground was broken Friday for the 57-acre, $615 million facility.

“October 30, 1949 – our founding fathers broke ground on Baptist Hospital; and now, 71 years later to the day we once again break ground on a new Baptist campus,” said President and CEO Mark Faulkner.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office

Hurricane Zeta continues its trek across the Southeast, after slamming into the northern Gulf Coast as a strong Category-2 and almost a Category-3 storm.

“We just had [Hurricane] Sally; we did some after-actions with our partners, and guess what?  We got to strengthen some of the areas we felt like we could improve on, and we implemented them during [Zeta]. And it worked great,” said  Eric Gilmore, Escambia County’s Emergency Management Director.

He agrees with those who say the Panhandle “dodged a bullet” with Zeta, but it didn’t emerge unscathed.

NOAA

As Hurricane Zeta readies to make landfall between New Orleans and Biloxi, the outer fringes will lash the Florida Panhandle with wind, rain and storm surge.

That in turn, is affecting early voting.

Early voting continued Wednesday in Santa Rosa County’s 6 locations from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“That will give us time for me to send teams of folks out to all of our sites, get things secured, bring items back that need to be brought back here to our main office,” said Tappie Villane, Elections Supervisor in Santa Rosa.

National Hurricane Center

In what’s shaping up as the never-ending 2020 hurricane season, Tropical Storm Zeta is churning northward in the Gulf of Mexico. Northwest Floridians are being urged to monitor the situation.

Zeta is expected to re-strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall Wednesday night around the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. Escambia County officials held their first briefing – a virtual one – on Tuesday.

National Hurricane Center

With the Gulf Coast bracing for Hurricane Zeta, Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson used part of his weekly news conference to urge residents to be on their guard.

“It’s a beautiful day (Monday) but we obviously find ourselves again with the potential of a storm coming into the Gulf of Mexico; and if this sounds like a broken record, this is the third time in little over a month that this has happened,” said Robinson.

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