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 and the Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine. He lives in Gulf Breeze with his family and is continuing his quest to find an edible bagel south of the Mason/Dixon Line.

An event this Friday in Pensacola showcases services and opportunities for special needs students and graduates in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. It’s called the Transition Services Information Fair, and it will be held from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, Building A, door number four.

The Hal Marcus of College of Science and Engineering at The University of West Florida launches its 2018 Great Minds Lecture Series this week in downtown Pensacola. The speaker will be talking about communication.

Chances are you’ve heard of Alan Alda. However chances are also that you didn’t know he founded an organization that helps scientists learn to communicate their ideas to the public. This Thursday afternoon, one their instructors will be speaking as part of the UWF Great Minds Lecture Series.

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Victoria Stopp was 27 when an accident at work changed her life. Since then she has gone from doctor to doctor, tried new therapies and filled prescriptions for thousands of pills. Her story of living with constant, chronic pain is told in the new book 'Hurting Like Hell, Living With Gusto'. She spoke with WUWF's Bob Barrett about how she worked hard to remain active despite her condition.

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Pensacola Little Theater

An unusual and entertaining overnight exercise in local theater is returns to Pensacola this weekend.

Survivors With Heart

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Since 1964, February has been federally designated as American Heart Month. About 2,300 Americans die from some form of cardio vascular disease every day. Many more survive. "It felt like someone hit be in the chest with a sledgehammer." said John Turco, who thought he was a healthy 63 year old until the day he became one of almost 800,000 Americans who had a heart attack last year. He said he was exercising a bit, but was pretty lax when it came to his diet.

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Pensacon returns to town later this month and thousands of convention goers will be gathering in venues all over town to see their favorite celebrities. But the people with the famous names and faces won't be the only ones up on stage. Every panel also has a moderator who will be walking a fine line between keeping things moving and staying out of the way.

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Fem Fest, a week-long celebration of feminism, returns to Pensacola with events starting on February 14. Kirstin Norris, the Founding Organizer of Fem Fest says after last year's event "I came back really excited and wanting to do more. Wanting to make Fem fest bigger, better, involve more people, reach more beneficiaries. Just Fem Fest on a larger scale."

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A national shelter rescue group has helped give the Escambia County Animal Shelter a fresh, new look. "Our goal is to get volunteers into shelters and animals out of them" said Bryna Donnelly, the Director of Greater Goods Rescue Rebuild, an animal shelter renovation program that recruits volunteers from all over the country to help shelters in need. They have been working at the Escambia County Animal Shelter for the last week and a half doing renovations and making the facility a lot more user friendly.

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Travelers to and from Pensacola will once again be boldly flying through an intergalactic travel hub. "We're not just on the map, I think we're going to be on the intergalactic map after this" said Pensacola City Administrator Eric Olson speaking at a Tuesday morning ceremony renaming the Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola Intergalactic Airport.

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It has been a little over a year since Dr. Martha Saunders took over as President of The University of West Florida. She sat down WUWF's Bob Barrett to talk about that first year and her vision for the future of the university. 

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It has been a little over a year since Dr. Martha Saunders took over as President of The University of West Florida. She sat down WUWF's Bob Barrett to talk about that first year and her vision for the future of the university. One of the issues Dr. Saunders had to deal with was the state of Florida's Performance Based Funding metrics for all state universities.

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It has been a little over a year since Dr. Martha Saunders took over as President of The University of West Florida. She sat down WUWF's Bob Barrett to talk about that first year and her vision for the future of the university.

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One of the leaders in energy innovation and science will be speaking in Pensacola this week. Dr. Nathan Lewis has been active in the solar fuels/solar chemical field for over 40 years. He is a Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. He will be the speaker this Thursday and Friday for the University of West Florida’s Hal Marcus of College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series. He says his interest in energy began at a young age. "Waiting in gas lines with my dad in the 1970's when we really has an energy crisis.

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You’ll be able to drive just a bit faster on some on area highways soon. In fact, one of the changes has already taken place. With the road construction on Interstate 10 near Scenic Highway winding down, the speed limit has been raised back to 70 miles per hour from the Davis Highway exit to the Escambia Bay Bridge. The limit was set at 60 during the road widening project.

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The University of West Florida broke ground Friday morning on a new, state of the art laboratory science annex. At a small ceremony near the construction site, UWF President Dr. Martha Saunders said the new, 26.26 million dollar building has been a long time coming. "The growth that we've experienced means that we need to expand so that we can continue to offer our students [the] high quality education and research opportunities that we're known for."

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By about every measure you can think of, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos had a great season in 2017. "You know we really did, on and off the field" said Jonathan Griffith, the President of the Blue Wahoos and Studer Entertainment and Retail. "On the field, obviously, we won the (Southern League) championship, which was the first time since 1986 that (a) Cincinnati Reds (minor league affiliate) won a double A championship. That's a pretty cool thing! the Reds were really excited as well as the Pensacola community."

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Three and a half years after its long time headquarters were heavily damaged in a flood, Manna Food Pantry has finally moved into its new home and is getting ready to welcome clients.

The new location is the former Pensacola Mill Supply building at 3030 North E Street. The building was gutted, the roof replaced and the outside given a fresh, new look. Inside, there is 23,000 square feet of warehouse space that is starting to fill up with food. Volunteers are already at work sorting through donations from the recent Fill the Mayflower campaign.

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If you drive by the Cordova Mall in Pensacola before 7 p.m. on Tuesday you’ll see a big Mayflower Moving van parked out front. It’s there for the annual Fill The Mayflower Food Drive for Manna Food Pantries. For the last decade the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving has been dedicated to this campaign. Manna’s Executive Director De De Flounlacker says this year they are asking for quality as well as quantity. "We're hoping to fill up this Mayflower truck, that's [about] 15,000 - 20,000 pounds of food, and that's wonderful.

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A fraternity at The University of West Florida has been suspended and a sorority is temporarily on hold and under investigation for violating rules of conduct.

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Students from three Pensacola area schools got a tour of an oversized, technology filled motor coach last Thursday at the C-SPAN bus made a stop in town. The bus is touring the country now, visiting state capitols, book fairs and schools along the way. "The tour started in Delaware [in September] and we finish in November of 2018" said Jenae Green, one of the C-SPAN representatives who are giving tours to students on the bus. "We are going to all 50 state including Alaska and Hawaii, which everyone always gets real excited about.