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.

Florida Prepaid College Board

Open enrollment has begun for the Florida Prepaid College Plans. Audry Liss, the Accounting Coordinator for the Student’s Account Office at the University of West Florida says bout 1,200 students are currently paying for college at UWF using a Florida Prepaid plan. And while 1,200 students may seem like a big number, it’s out of over 13,000 students, which means less than 10 percent of students at UWF are using the Florida Pre-Paid College Plan. Liss says using the plan at UWF is pretty easy.

Frank White dot com

With Representative Mike Hill leaving his seat in a failed run for the state senate, voters in Florida House District 2 will choose between two political newcomers to represent them in Tallahassee next year.

Frank White, the Republican candidate for the seat, admits this is all new to him. "I am not of professional politician. I'm a business guy. I'm a dad with three little boys. Politics is something new to me. But it is an avenue for service and a way to make a difference." 

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A crowd of supporters came to greet the 42nd  President of the United States as he spoke in Pensacola on Saturday.

"Bill Clinton was the first president I voted for" said Susan Ensley, who was waiting in line in front of the E. S. Cobb Community Center in Pensacola hours before the event was scheduled to begin. "It makes me think of my grandmothers because both of them were born before women were given the right to vote, before the 19th amendment. And they both sort of instilled in me  the importance of voting."

Dianne Krumel

While few people expect Hillary Clinton to win Escambia County or most other areas of the panhandle, as one campaign operative said, "a vote in Pensacola counts just as much as a vote in Miami". That’s why Anne Holton, the wife of vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, appeared in Pensacola for a pair of appearances on Monday. She spoke about the concerns of veterans and their families. "Hillary is very, very committed to getting the V.A. fixed and working right. And I think that's the most important issue for vets.

University of West Florida

Martha Saunders has had a few weeks to settle in to her new position as President-Elect at the University of West Florida. She is currently serving as Provost and Executive Vice President at the school. She sat down with WUWF’s Bob Barrett.

Starships and zombies are targeting northwest Florida in February as plans for Pensacon 2017 continue to take shape. 

Many people come to Pensacon for the celebrity guests. Others for the artists and merchandise. And most for the opportunity to spend a weekend with people who share the same likes and passions and lifestyle. "It is a lot of work but it doesn't feel like work" said  Pensacon Chairman Mike Ensley. "When you do something that you really, really enjoy it's never a job."


We're going to go out on a limb here and guess that, unless you’re reading one of the Harry Potter books, you haven’t given much thought to magic lately. Dr. Jason Leddington wants to change that. "One of the most interesting things about magic is that despite the fact that it's one of the most popular performing arts in the last 200 years in the west, art historians, art critics and philosophers of art have basically ignored it completely." 

Go South To Freedom

Sep 28, 2016
New South Books

An author from Mobile has written a new children’s book about a family of escaped slaves in the 1830's who found freedom by traveling south. The book is called Go South To Freedom, and it’s the work of Frye Gaillard, an author and the Writer in Residence at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He talked with WUWF's Bob Barrett about what inspired the story.

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  After a busy summer, Manna Food Pantries is looking forward to stocking up for the rest of the year and getting ready to move. It was late April when the food bank announced it had closed on a new home. Now, almost 6 months later, they are still in their old location on Gonzalez Street.

Hillsdale College

The University of West Florida will be hosting its annual Constitution Day lecture this Friday. Adam Carrington, an Assistant Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College in Michigan will be giving a talk called “Liberty as Lodestar – The Constitution’s Commitment to Freedom”.  Dr. Carrington spoke with WUWF’s Bob Barrett about freedom and liberty being the “guiding light” of the constitution.

Dr. Adam Carrington's Constitution Day lecture will be given Friday at Noon at the UWF Conference Center and Ballroom. 

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  Donald Trump made a return trip to Pensacola Friday evening and, it appears, he doesn’t like the media. "The show is beginning. Not the donors. Not the insiders. Not the media executives, very dishonest people." Statements like that are music to the ears of his supporters who, it seems, also don’t like the media. "These are very, very dishonest people."

Richard Termine

A pioneer in children’s television is coming to Pensacola to talk about the future of the medium, and share stories about life on one of the most famous streets on Earth. Sonia Manzano knows exactly how to get to Sesame Street. Beginning in 1971 she starred as the character Maria in the classic children’s series. She says the role defined her career. "I grew up on the show. I finally retired last July (after 44 years)."

University of West Florida

The pool of candidates to succeed Dr. Judy Bense as President of the University of West Florida has been narrowed down to four. At a meeting of the Presidential Search Committee Tuesday morning, a motion to approve the final candidates was approved by a 14 to 6 vote. Those four candidates, Frank Ashley, Don Gaetz, Martha Saunders and Mike Sherman will return to the university campus for final meetings and interview sessions beginning this weekend. Committee Chair Mort O’Sullivan says things will move rather quickly over the next 10 days.

Florida GOP


Martin Simmons had a busy day Tuesday. He’s the Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida for Congressional District One. He likes to talk about the history of the district. "The last time an incumbent lost running for reelection to the US House from this district was 1934".