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.


Pensacon 2015
12:30 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Pensacon: A Visit To The Celebrity Room

Rae Dawn Chong

There is so much to do and see at Pensacon that you may have passed by one room on your way to something else.  If so, you missed a lot

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Pensacon 2015
10:24 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Hacksaw Jim Duggan Brings His Hall Of Fame Persona To Pensacon

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

If you became a fan of pro wrestling in the late 1980s you know the name Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

He joined what was then called the WWF in 1987 and two years later rose to become the federation’s champion. In 2011 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He still has fun interacting with fans.

He finds it reassuring that the WWE is bringing back their classic performers and honoring them. Duggan says it's "opened them up to a whole new generation of kids, and after 35 years in wrestling it's nice to be remembered".

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Pensacon 2015
10:58 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Carel Struycken Is A Giant Talent At Pensacon

Carel Struycken

Pensacon has brought a lot of famous faces to Pensacola this weekend. One of those faces belongs to veteran character actor Carel Struycken, whose face and size have kept him on the big and small screen for years.

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Fire Safety
5:02 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Unauthorized Fire Burns Put Public At Risk: Alert The Forest Service

Prescribed burn at Blackwater River State Forest.
Credit Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The threat of wildfire has gone down a bit because of the recent wet weather, but land and homeowners still need to get authorization for many controlled burns on their property.

Last week a fire from a residential burn pit sparked a grassfire that eventually left a family on Quiet Creek Road in Milton homeless. Joe Zwierzchowski, the Wildfire Mitigation Specialist for the Florida Forest Service Blackwater District, reminds people that fires can have very real consequences.

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Pensacon 2015
1:39 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Kevin J Anderson Brings His Sci-Fi Universes To Pensacon

Kevin J Anderson and a few of his "imaginary friends".
Credit Steven L. Sears

You’ve heard this about other people, but Kevin J Anderson really seems to be the hardest working man in show biz. He has published over 120 science fiction books including many bestselling Star Wars novels. Anderson will be appearing at Pensacon this weekend, including a panel called Spotlight on Kevin J Anderson Friday afternoon at 3:30 at the Bay Center.

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Thomas Asmuth Lecture
7:05 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

UWF Professor Sees "Art As An Exo-Discipline"

Combining art with science can create an entire new discipline.  That’s the premise of Thomas Asmuth’s lecture this week called “Art as an Exo-Discipline”. Thomas Asmuth is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at the University of West Florida specializing in digital and experimental media. His lecture titled “Art as an Exo-Discipline” is part of the Experience UWF Downtown lecture series and will be this Thursday afternoon, February 26 at 5:30 at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce.

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Smokeless Tobacco Use
5:25 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Local High Schoolers Still Using Smokeless Tobacco

Thursday is the Great American Spit-Out, a campaign similar to the American Cancer Society's Great American Smoke-Out, highlighting the dangers of smokeless tobacco use.  And the efforts are needed. Local young people are still dipping in high numbers.

First the good news: cigarette smoking among high school students in the Florida is at an all-time low.  In 2013, the smoking rate among Florida high school students fell to 8.6 percent…one of the lowest rates recorded by any state and far below the national average. However, the same cannot be said about smokeless tobacco.

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UWF Basketball Coach
4:08 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

UWF Men's Basketball Coach To Retire After Current Season

UWF Head Men's Basketball Coach Bob Stinnett

The University of West Florida announced Monday afternoon that men’s basketball coach Bob Stinnett will be stepping down after this season.

Coach Stinnett is in his sixth season as head coach. He was a UWF student athlete back in the 1960s and before returning as head coach had stops at the high school, junior college and university levels, including stints at Pensacola High School and Pensacola Junior College. WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke to Dave Scott, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at UWF about Coach Stinnett’s announcement.

Here is some of what Scott said:

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Ice Storm Preparedness
2:21 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

A Year Later Are We Better Prepared For Freezing Weather?

Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

It’s been chilly in Northwest Florida the past few nights, with temperatures approaching and occasionally dipping below freezing. Fortunately, those cold nights have been clear nights. 

Last year we weren’t so lucky.  Escambia County Emergency Management Chief John Dosh was being a bit understated last year when he said "It's a little challenging because we're not really equipped to handle these icing and snow conditions". Of all the potential emergencies officials plan for in Northwest Florida, an ice storm is pretty close to the bottom of the list. That’s no longer the case.

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Florida Pre-Paid
3:00 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Florida Pre-Paid College Open Enrollment Ends Soon

The open enrollment window for the Florida Pre-Paid College Program is closing on February 28. Parents or guardians who wish to enroll children in the college savings plan after that will have to wait until the next open enrollment session begins in October.

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