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.

University of West Florida

A spring time tradition on the University of West Florida campus is being given a break this year. The "Festival on the Green", a two day event  which is usually in late March or early April, has been put on hiatus by the university.

Dr. Brendan Kelly, Vice President for University Advancement at the UWF says the festival may return as the university reevaluates all of its community activities.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Baseball returns to the bayfront Thursday evening as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos kick off their 2015 season.

This is the fourth year of Blue Wahoos in Pensacola and the team is hoping fans will enjoy some of the changes the team has made around the park. There are new video "ribbon boards" all around the stadium, which will bring more graphics and stats to fan throughout the game.

Manna Food Pantries’ search for a new location has hit a road block. 

Last October, the food bank thought it had found its new home. Manna purchased a 4 and a half acre property from the Escambia County School District near North Hayne and Tarragona streets in Pensacola. This week, however, they are back to square one. De De Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries said that after taking a few months to evaluate the property they "have determined that it's just not the nest fit for Manna in the long run."

A series of workshops have been scheduled over the next two weeks to help area homeowners fight what has been called a breed of “super termites.”  Florida Representative Doug Broxson will be hosting the four free workshop around the area to warn homeowners and help them prepare for these pests.

New York Mets

While the first game was actually played Sunday night, Monday is the official start of the 2015 Major League Baseball season.

To get in the spirit of the season, and because he's a crazed NY Mets fan, WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke to 12 year major league veteran Mookie Wilson about his new book “Mookie – Life, Baseball and the 86 Mets”.

IHMC

It’s possible that the architecture in your town needs a tune up.

That’s what Leon Krier talked about recently in the Evening Lecture Series at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Krier is a leading proponent of what’s being called “New Urbanism” in architecture and community design. He sat down with IHMC Communications Manager Carl Wernicke.

Josh Morton

An public meeting is set for Friday afternoon from 3:00 - 7:30 pm at the Marie K. Young-Wedgewood Community Center at 6405 Wagner Road in Pensacola. The meeting is to answer questions and take comments on a preliminary health report on the Rolling Hills Landfill’s hydrogen sulfide gas emissions. 

The numbers are in and it’s official: Pensacon has quickly turned into a multi-million dollar piece of the local economy.

In a conversation a few weeks before the event, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said whenever 30,000 people descend on your city it's pretty powerful. Now that the weekend has passed and the economic impact of the convention has been tallied, officials are seeing just how powerful Pensacon has become in only two years.  

After a very shaky roll out last week, the first round of writing tests for the new Florida Education Standards have been taken by 8th, 9th and 10th graders. But confidence in the new system is still pretty low.

Fracking & Florida

Mar 9, 2015
Rethink Energy Florida

Hydraulic Fracturing or “fracking” is a controversial method of extracting oil from shale rock. It was the topic of a workshop at the West Florida Public Library yesterday called “Fracking and Florida”.

Kim Ross is the President and Founder of Rethink Energy Florida, an organization that was born out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and works for a more sustainable energy future. They hosted the workshop.  Ross spoke with WUWF’s Bob Barrett about how fracking is becoming an issue in Florida.

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