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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Pensacon 2015
2:40 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Pensacola Airport Goes Intergalactic

Credit Pensacola Intergalactic Airport

Pensacon 2015 is four weeks away and the City of Pensacola is already getting into the spirit.  Thursday morning at Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward stood at a podium alongside Councilman at Large Charles Bare, Pensacon Chairman Mike Ensley, as well as Darth Vader, and issued a proclamation that officially changed the name of Pensacola International Airport to Pensacola Intergalactic Airport.

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Education
4:54 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Santa Rosa Teachers Still Without A Contract

Credit Photo via Flickr//cybrarian77 / https://flic.kr/p/azj5bZ

Teachers in Santa Rosa County have been working without a contract this school years as negotiations continue. County School Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick says that while it's not unusual to go into a school year without a new contract for the teachers, this year's negotiations are going longer than everyone would like. He says they have disagreement over the implementation of a performance pay schedule  that's mandated by the state of Florida that is ready this year.

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IHMC Expansion
3:48 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

IHMC Expansion Project Back On Track After Flood

Architect's drawing of the new IHMC building in Pensacola

After a long delay caused by last April's flood The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola is set to finally begin a major expansion of its downtown campus.

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Cyberthon 2015
4:57 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Students To Learn Cybersecurity At Cyberthon

"It actually started off as an idea on the back of a napkin" said  Doug Underhill, Escambia County Commissioner for District 2. He's talking about Cyberthon, a three day event at the National Flight Academy this weekend that will give young people experience in fighting a cyber attack. He said that bringing young people in to work with technical experts will inspire the next generation.

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Bubba Watson Wahoo
7:24 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Bubba Watson Now Part Owner Of The Blue Wahoos

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward introduces professional golfer Bubba Watson as new part owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Bayfront Stadium Monday afternoon.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

A local sports hero has become a part owner of a local sports organization.  A couple of hundred fans attended the ceremony at Bayfront Stadium as Blue Wahoos Team President Bruce Baldwin and Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward introduced the newest member of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos ownership team, professional golfer and Pensacola native Bubba Watson.

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UWF Archeology
5:24 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

UWF Gets $290,000 To Study Pensacola Bay Shipwrecks

The University of West Florida Archeology Institute has received a grant to explore the remains of a Spanish fleet in Pensacola Bay. The $290,000 grant is support from the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Dr. Gregory Cook is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UWF who teaches shipwreck and nautical archeology. He says the Special Category Grant from the state will help expand the university's study of the ships under Pensacola Bay.

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Navarre Beach Renourishment Project
11:48 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Santa Rosa Asks State For Navarre Beach Money

Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Santa Rosa County is asking the state for $8 million for a major renourishment project on Navarre Beach. Roger Blaylock, a Santa Rosa County Engineer and Navarre Beach Director says there have been signs of erosion on the beach and the county has requested funds from the state to rebuild the entire beach.

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France Terror Attack
6:07 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

LISTEN: UWF Professor On France And Muslim Relations

The attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo that left a dozen people dead in Paris has shocked people around the world. It is also putting a spotlight on the strained relations between French society and Muslim immigrants. WUWF's Bob Barrett spoke about the situation with Dr. Michelle Williams, a professor of political science at the University of West Florida and an expert on European politics.

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Marriage Equality
4:04 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Marriage Equality Comes To The Panhandle

Bob Barrett WUWF News

It was a day filled with bouquets and cake and history as marriage equality came to Florida on Tuesday.  In Pensacola, the Rev Dr. Jim Merritt began a full day of same sex weddings at the Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church.

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Pensacola Pastor On Marriage
6:49 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Pensacola Pastor Ready For Marriage Equality

The Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt, Senior Pastor at Pensacola's Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church.
Credit Pensacola Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church.

The arrival of marriage equality in Florida is a milestone in a long fight by a Pensacola pastor.

Reverend Dr. Jim Merritt is Senior Pastor at Pensacola's Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church. He says many couples have been waiting for the arrival of marriage equality in the state for 20 years or more. 

Pastor Merritt and two of his associates at the Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church will be performing free marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples all day long on Tuesday the 6th.

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