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
3:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Planning For Pensacon 2015

Credit Pensacon dot com

The plans...and the guest list...for Pensacon 2015 are quickly coming together. WUWF's Bob Barrett sat down with Pensacon Chairman Mike Ensley to talk about the second annual convention coming to Pensacola February 27 to March 1.

Ensley said that with one convention under their belt, the organizers are finding that Pensacon has a good reputation among industry celebrities. He recalls Christopher Judge, a guest last year calling his industry friends telling them to come to Pensacola because "this is a really good convention".

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New Cuba Policy
6:10 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

UWF Professor Reacts To Obama's New Cuba Policy

Dr. Alfred Cuzan
Credit University of West Florida

Reaction has been mixed to President Obama's policy announcement on Cuba Wednesday.

WUWF's Bob Barrett talked about changes with Dr. Alfred Cuzan, a Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government at the University of West Florida. Dr. Cuzan was born in Cuba and moved to the US at the age of 12. He has been a US citizen since 1969.

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Sansing Manna Gift
5:20 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Manna Food Pantries Gets $100,000 Gift From Sansing Auto Group

Sandy Sansing and members of his family deliver a check for 100 thousand dollars to Manna Food Pantries.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Christmas came a week early for Manna Food Pantries this year as a well known family made a six figure gift to the non-profit.

Sandy Sansing, along with members of his family and auto dealerships delivered a big end of the year gift to Manna Food Pantries Wednesday afternoon. A check for $100,000.

Jay Bradshaw, the president of Manna's Board of Directors represented the board at the check presentation. He called it the largest gift to Manna since he has been on the board and "one of the largest the pantry has seen in the history of the pantry".

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Pensacola Loan Report
4:15 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Haas Center Debunks Claim That Pensacola Tops Florida's Payday Lending

  A report released Monday from the Haas Center at the University of West Florida contradicts an earlier report on payday loans in Florida. The Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University in Miami released a report in late summer that said the Pensacola region was responsible for close to 40 percent of the state’s payday loan transactions in 2012, far more than any other metropolitan area in Florida.

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UWF Research Grant Program
5:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

UWF Offers $1.5 Million To Boost Research

The University of West Florida has announced a new Industry Research Matching Grants Program to encourage the growth of research at the university and at businesses in Northwest Florida. Dr. Brice Harris,  the director of Strategic Initiatives for the Office of Economic Development and Engagement at the University of West Florida says there is $1.5 million available in the program.

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Attack Infant Mortality
1:21 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Escambia Aims To Attack Infant Mortality

Credit Photo via Flickr//peasap

  AIM - "Attack Infant Mortality", is a collaboration between the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, the University of West Florida and other are agencies dedicated to infant health. They say the health of newborns begins long before a woman decides to have a baby.

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World AIDS Day
5:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Pensacola Plans For World AIDS Day December 1st

  Plans are almost final for next week's World AIDS Day observance in Pensacola. 

Maurice Moody is a member of the World AIDS Day Planning Committee in Pensacola. He was speaking at a press conference held Tuesday morning about plans for this year's World AIDS Day. He said the theme of this year's observance is "Getting To Zero".

Moody says this means, " Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS-related fatality. And, as an optimist, I believe we can do that."

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Fill The Mayflower
4:20 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Time To Fill The Mayflower For Manna

This Mayflower truck is parked at the Cordova Mall in Pensacola. Mann Food Pantries Fill The Mayflower food drive continues until Noon on Wednesday, Nov 26.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

  The Annual Fill The Mayflower for Manna Food Drive is underway at the Cordova Mall in Pensacola.  De De Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries says this is Manna's biggest food drive of the year, and the non-perishable food items being collected now have to last through the spring.

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Santa Rosa Scam
4:40 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Telephone Scam Impersonates Sherriff's Office

  If you get a call from the Santa Rosa Sheriffs' Office demanding money to take care of an outstanding warrant just hang up! It's another in a series of telephone scams that are becoming much more frequent in the area. Santa Rosa County Sheriffs' Deputy Rich Aloy, the public information officer for the department, says scammers have been calling people in the county demanding money to settle an outstanding warrant. The scammers is telling people they will be arrested unless they provide a credit card number to settle the claim.

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Santa Rosa Health
4:29 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Santa Rosa Announces County Health Improvement Plan

Credit Let's Go Northwest Florida

Health officials in Santa Rosa County have announced a plan to improve the overall health of county residents. The plan was first announced last year and has been reviewed and revised. Joann Vanfleteren, Operations Review Specialist for the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County says the state DOH created an initiative for for community health improvement planning. All 67 Florida counties are required to create the Community Health Improvement Plan.

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