Bob Barrett

News Anchor/Reporter

Bob Barrett has been a radio broadcaster since the mid 1970s and has worked at stations from northern New York to south Florida and, oddly, has been able to make a living that way. He began work in public radio in 2001. Over the years he has produced nationally syndicated programs such as The Environment Show and The Health Show for Northeast Public Radio's National Productions. As well as reporting news and hosting afternoons for WUWF, Bob is the producer and host of The Best Of Our Knowledge, a syndicated program about education ... and produces podcasts for the medical journal Clinical Chemistry. He lives in Gulf Breeze with his family and is currently devising methods of keeping the squirrels off his bird feeders.

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Before last Sunday’s game between the Blue Wahoos and Montgomery Biscuits, the scoreboard at Community Maritime Park took a direct lightning hit during a wild thunderstorm that delayed the start of the game for a couple of hours. The video of the hit was so, well, striking that it made national news on NBC’s Today Show with weatherman Al Roker.

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Schools are still a month away from the being in session, but health officials are already reminding parents to make sure their child’s vaccinations are up to date. Sherry Smith, the Director of Student Services for the Santa Rosa County School District says the disctrict's school had a 98% vaccination rate for the last school year

Although it’s still over 6 months away, Pensacon 2016 has been making news recently. WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke to Pensacon Chairman and co-Founder Mike Ensley for an update on the third edition of the fan convention.

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  A program headquartered at the University of West Florida is trying to help veterans complete their college degrees.  Complete Florida is a statewide initiative sponsored by the Florida legislature to recruit and retain the state's 2.2 million adults with some college and no degree.

   Implemented through a partnership of eleven public and private higher education institutions across the state, the program helps people who have some college credit complete the work needed for their degrees. 

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  The University of West Florida officially announced a new partnership Quint and Rishy Studer to bring a new business incubator to Pensacola. 

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If you’re heading to the beach this holiday weekend, remember you’re not just sharing the shoreline with friends, family and fish. Take the time to watch out for shore birds.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning on a case that could have changed how over 50,000 local people bought health insurance. With just a few days left in its session, the court delivered its highly anticipated ruling on the case King v Burwell. That's the case that about people who purchased health insurance from the federal exchange under the Affordable Care Act with federal subsidies.

This Saturday is National HIV Testing Day.   In Escambia County, those free tests will be available for three days. As the Surveillance and Linkage Coordinator for the HIV Area One Program of the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Escambia County, Maurice Moody wants as many people as possible to get tested for HIV this week. The DOH is collaborating with Walgreens to provide free HIV testing and counseling this week for anyone who wants it.

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The United Way is looking for volunteers to serve as “Reading Pals” to area preschoolers. Andrea Krieger, the President and CEO of United Way of Escambia County, says the Reading Pals program looks to pair at risk preschool children with mentors to help them with reading skills before they enter the school system.

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon announce a decision that could cause over 50,000 local people to lose their health insurance. 

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