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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  A leader in the field of early childhood education and development will be speaking in Pensacola this week

Early last summer, Escambia County established a Veterans Court where vets who got in trouble with the law could try to get their lives straightened out and avoid jail time. Escambia County Circuit Court Judge Edward Nickinson modeled the Veterans Court after the Drug Court that has been operating in the county for over 20 years. "The Veterans' Treatment Court is designed to provide services and assistance to veterans who are charged with various crimes, particularly if we think those crimes are related to either disabilities or injuries  or other things connected with their service.

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Congressman Jeff Miller has announced in an e-mail to WUWF that he will not be running for reelection this year. Here is is full statement:

There is a lot of construction and change and growth in downtown Pensacola right now. What there isn’t a lot of is parking, and that continues to be a problem. Last December the city of Pensacola commissioned a study from the West Florida Regional Planning Council called Pensacola Parking Strategies as a Catalyst for Economic Growth. Jill Lavender is Special Projects Coordinator for the council and is the team leader for the study. She says they are going to first look at the current supply and then predict the future demand of parking downtown.

While no official announcement has been made, there has been progress in nailing down dates for Pensacon 2017.  Pensacon Chairman Mike Ensley says they have moved forward with both the Pensacola Bay Center and the Pensacola Ice Flyers, with help from the Escambia County Commission and have come to the table to talk about the dates Pensacon wanted and how things could be arranged so they can be used. Ensley says it looks like the county is putting its money where its nerd culture is.

University of West Florida

The search has begun to find a replacement for University of West Florida President Judy Bense. 

They are very early in the process. The committee, led  by Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Mort O’Sullivan approved the hiring of Greenfield Asher as the advisory search firm on February 2. One of the first things they've been asked to do is participate and lead open interactions with all the parties involved with the university to get input on what they want in a new president.

University of West Florida

The Nursing Program at the University of West Florida received a large gift this week. Dr. Ermalynn Kiehl, the Dean of the College of Health at UWF says the D.W. McMillan Foundation, a local non-profit, has donated $250,000 to the University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. That's UWF’s undergraduate nursing program.

  Officials from Pensacon were still getting guests to the airport on the Tuesday after the convention, hoping they could get out of town ahead of the bad weather. "Luckily we got everybody out before the storms hit." said Mike Ensley, who spent the rest of the week taking care of the things you take care of after a huge three day convention.

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Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas is looking for more than a few good men and women. He says between Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties there's a need to hire five to six hundred new teachers for the next school year. And to get that process started, the district is holding a Teacher Fair this Saturday for anyone interested in becoming a teacher in the county. "If you've thought in the back of your mind 'I'd like to be a teacher I wonder what's expected of me?

Women who are concerned about their health can get some important information this week in Pensacola. 

The Women’s Health Expo will be held at Sacred Heart Hospital this Thursday evening beginning at 5. There will be speakers on four areas of women’s health, as well as health screenings, wellness education…even a little pampering. One of the health issues that will be addressed is osteoporosis.

29 years ago, when Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted, one of the most popular characters was Lt Worf, the first Klingon Officer to serve in Star Fleet. He was played by actor Michael Dorn, who went on to reprise the character on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and in several movies.

Baptist Health Care in Pensacola is hosting an event on Friday, February 19 with Tony Buettner to talk about pockets of healthy populations around the world called “Blue Zones”. Meghan McCarthy, Director of Community Health and Wellness for Baptist Health Care,  discussed the event and what we mean when we’re talking about “Blue Zones”.

You can learn more about the Blue Zone event on  Friday, February 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Chipley Hall 500 North Palafox St., Pensacola here.

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If you plan on saving for a loved one’s college education, time is running out to get started. The Florida Pre Paid College Program is winding down their current open enrollment period. Shannon Colavecchio is a spokesperson for Florida Pre Paid. She says the plan is a good way for a family to save for a child's education. "It allows you to (lock it tuition costs) at today's rate. And then you can start paying, most people do monthly, toward that ultimate tuition cost."

Pensacon

Mike Ensley loves talking about Pensacon. Going into its third year, the gathering of science fiction and comic books and cosplay and pop culture in general fans continues to exceed the organizer’s expectations. This year, a new venue has been added to the event. "We've always had the Pensacola Bay Center and the Crowne Plaza Hotel. We added the Saenger Theater last year and this year we the Rex Theater.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott addressed the media Thursday about the state’s response to the Zika virus.  One day after declaring a health emergency in four Florida counties, including Santa Rosa County, the governor, standing next to State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong, laid out the state’s plan to combat the virus, beginning with making sure there are enough kits available to test for active cases of the disease.

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