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.

Bob Barrett

A Pensacola holiday tradition got under way Monday morning in the Cordova mall parking lot. "We're just helping out unload, load, thanking people and wishing them 'Happy Thanksgiving'." Victoria is an accounting student at the University of West Florida. She was one of the many people volunteering Monday morning for the annual Fill the Mayflower for Manna event.

Gulf Power


   Gulf Power is clearing a path for you to power your home with solar power. The Gulf Solar Energy Share program has been presented to the Florida Public Service Commission for approval. The program will give Gulf Power customers the opportunity to power their homes completely with solar energy.

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About three dozen students and faculty gathered on the outdoor balcony at the UWF Wellness and Counseling building Thursday evening for a short candlelight vigil for peace. 

Dr. Kim LeDuff, the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice provost for Equity, Diversity and International Affairs at the University of West Florida, led the group with music and poetry.  

There was more activity than usual at the Escambia County Area Transit terminal Wednesday morning as they celebrated the completion of a project that upgraded the bus fleet. Tonya Ellis is the Marketing Director for Escambia County Area Transit. She says the fleet is now connected to the internet. "(We now) have WiFi on all of our busses, all of our vehicles, this includes our UWF trolleys as well. We also have a bus locater app on all of our vehicles. So you can go to our web site, download the app, and you can actually see when your bus is coming within a few minutes."

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A unique public presentation and discussion on health care is coming to Pensacola this week. It features a national brand and a local flavor. This Friday, a series of TED Talks will be shown on the big screen at Blue Wahoos Stadium, along with talks by members of the local health care community for a free, 5 hour presentation called TED Med.

University of West Florida

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series returns for the first date of the new season on Monday. That’s when Professor Roy Hunt from the University of Florida tells “A Tale of Two Cities: Historic Preservation in Pensacola and St. Augustine.” 

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

At one time, Lou Brock was the fastest man in Major League Baseball. He had over 900 stolen bases, including one season when he swiped 118. Last month, the 76 year old Hall of Famer had his left leg amputated just below the knee, the result of an infection made worse by diabetes.

According to the latest numbers from the CDC, over 29 million Americans are living with Diabetes, and over a quarter of them don’t know it. And when you have diabetes, you not only have to check your blood sugar and insulin levels. You also have to check your feet.

Manna Food Pantry

  It’s been 18 months since floods severely damaged their headquarters, and Manna Food Pantries is still looking for a new home.

It’s time to think about your health insurance again. Open enrollment for policies under the Affordable Care Act is now underway, and there are people ready to help you navigate your way through the system. 

"We're there to provide education, interpret the language of insurance, and then help consumers make a decision that best fits their financial needs and their health care needs."

  People in Gulf Breeze have been finding big green postcards in their mailboxes with the words “we’re sorry” printed in white. The back of the postcards cards say “Let’s be honest…Christians have really messed up at times. We’re sorry we’ve been judgmental, we’ve been unloving, we’ve been hypocritical, we’ve let you down. We’ve acted nothing like Jesus.”