Sandra Averhart

Senior Producer/Host

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.

Ways to Connect

Achieve Escambia

Achieve Escambia is out with its 2020 community report, titled: Achieving Equity. The 40-page report examines a set of 45 indicators impacting education, health, and a career-ready workforce, with a specific focus on racial disparities in Escambia County.

Since its conception in 2004, the PollyVote political forecasting tool has accurately projected the winner of the two-party vote in the presidential race. In the 2020 election, the project kept the streak going.

“Well, it did amazingly well,” proclaimed Dr. Al Cuzan, UWF professor of government and proud co-founder of the PollyVote.

The Pensacola Symphony will present PSO in the Park Sunday (Nov. 29) at Museum Plaza, downtown. The performance is open to the public with no admission. It will begin at 3 p.m.

The outdoor concert series in November is just one of the ways PSO has been engaging with the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

City of Pensacola

Following the 2020 Election, the Pensacola City Council is welcoming four new members and will again have four female members. But, after today’s Installation Ceremony, women now make up a majority of the policy-making panel for the first time in history.

When time came, all four of the newly-elected members - Jennifer Brahier (Dist.-1), Teniade Broughton (Dist.-5), Casey Jones (Dist.-3) and Delarian Wiggins (Dist.-7) - were simultaneously given the oath of office by City Clerk Erica Burnett. 

Escambia County

Tuesday was the first day on the job for some newly-elected office-holders across Northwest Florida.  Installation ceremonies for the county-level governmental entities brought new members, new leadership and optimism for the next four years.

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On this Veterans Day 2020, observances will be held across Northwest Florida.

The annual celebration in Pensacola will feature the unveiling of a new monument at Veterans Memorial Park, and a very special guest will do the honors.

Escambia Children's Trust

A majority of voters in Escambia County have decided to establish a new Children’s Services Council to be called the “Escambia Children’s Trust." The ballot initiative also authorizes the annual levy of a half-mill property tax to fund additional programs and services aimed at improving the lives of children and families.

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Since 2004, the PollyVote political forecasting project has successfully projected the winner of the popular vote in the U.S. race for president. For a discussion of PollyVote’s 2020 forecast, WUWF recently called on University of West Florida government professor and project co-founder, Dr. Al Cuzan.

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With just a few days remaining in the 2020 General Election, there’s a last minute push to encourage African-American voters in Northwest Florida to go to the polls and to help get them there.

Courtesy Escambia Children's Trust campaign

One of the most significant local issues to be decided in the Nov. 3 General Election is a referendum asking voters to take a bold step toward improving the well-being of children in Escambia County.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Salzman

The next representative of Florida House District 1 will be a female, holding elected office for the first time. Franscine Mathis is the Democratic nominee. The focus today is on the Republican candidate Michelle Salzman.

For Salzman, the General Election has been about keeping the momentum gained by her big Primary Election victory over Republican incumbent Mike Hill.

“I wouldn’t call it an upset. I would certainly call it a victory for Northwest Florida,” proclaimed Salzman after the primary.

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The District 1 seat in the Florida House of Representatives will have a new face after the November General Election, and it will be a woman.

The race features Democrat, Franscine C. Mathis, who is making her second consecutive run for the office and Republican, Michelle Salzman, a political newcomer.

In this report, WUWF checked in on the Mathis campaign.

John Aeschbury / Photo courtesy of JUST Pensacola

Juvenile justice has been identified as a primary issue of concern for the new faith-based organization, JUST Pensacola.

The group is now comprised of 24 local congregations that are working for justice in the Pensacola area.

“We are churches of different faith that have come together to address issues within our community,” said Rev. Paul Blackmon, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Ferry Pass and vice president of JUST Pensacola.

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Recovery from Hurricane Sally is well underway in Northwest Florida.

But, for some coastal property owners with the most significant damage from water and wind, rebuilding can’t begin until after their insurance claims are settled.

That’s the case for Escambia County District 2 Commissioner Doug Underhill, who lives on Perdido Key.

Kugelman Honors Program

The University of West Florida is offering a free community course titled: “Race and the Community: Past, Present, and Our Future.” The five-week online series will feature a session every Thursday in October, beginning tomorrow at 6 p.m.