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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Scottish Independence Vote
12:35 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

UWF Political Scientist Reacts To Scottish Independence Vote

Dr. Michelle Williams
Credit University of West Florida

Last week, citizens of Scotland took an historic vote and, in the end, decided to remain a part of the United Kingdom.

The process leading up to that vote and the aftermath of the decision is a political scientists dream. WUWF's Bob Barrett spoke with Dr. Michelle Williams, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies Advisor in the Department of Government at the University of West Florida about the Scottish referendum on independence.

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Impact 100 Finalists
1:33 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Impact 100 Announces Finalists for 2014 Grants

Holly Jurnovoy, the President of the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 speaking Thursday morning at the Pensacola Public Library.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

The Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 announced the finalists for thier 2014 grants Thursday morning at the Pensacola Public Library.

Holly Jurnovoy, the President of the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100, introduced representatives from all 15 finalists who each gave a short statement about their grant project proposal.

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Ivan 10th Anniversary
3:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Hurricane Ivan 10 Years Later - Cleaning Up And Moving Forward

President Bush spends time with local residents during a walking tour of hurricane damage in Pensacola, Sept. 19, 2004.
Credit Eric Draper / White House dot gov

President George W Bush made quite a few trips to Florida in 2004.

He was, after all, running for reelection. But on September 19, he joined Governor Bob Riley of Alabama and his brother, Governor Jeb Bush of Florida to see firsthand some of the damage done by Hurricane Ivan. There was a lot to see. The damage from Ivan totaled almost 19 billion dollars, making it the sixth most expensive storm un US history. And in the days immediately after the storm, how some of that money needed to be spent became apparent.

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Ivan 10th Anniversary
3:45 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Hurricane Ivan 10 Years Later - Ivan Strikes!

The I-10 Bridge after Hurricane Ivan

On the morning of September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan was no longer a local story. NPR led its newscasts that morning with updates about the storm damage and loss of life. 

Earlier, at 1:50am...Hurricane Ivan made landfall at Gulf Shores, Alabama. By then it had already killed 67 people in the Caribbean including 39 in Grenada and 17 in Jamaica. Escambia county was hit by the eastern edge of the storm, the most dangerous part of any Atlantic hurricane.

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Ivan 10th Anniversary
11:03 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Hurricane Ivan 10 Years Later - The Days Before The Storm

NASA image of Hurricane Ivan on September 13, 2004.
Credit NASA

In 2004, Hurricane Charlie hit the state of Florida at Fort Myers on August 13. Hurricane Francis struck the east coast near Stuart on September 5. That was the same day that Ivan went from a tropical storm to a hurricane. 18 hours later it was a category 4 storm and still strengthening.

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