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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UWF Basketball Coach
4:08 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

UWF Men's Basketball Coach To Retire After Current Season

UWF Head Men's Basketball Coach Bob Stinnett
Credit goargos.com

The University of West Florida announced Monday afternoon that men’s basketball coach Bob Stinnett will be stepping down after this season.

Coach Stinnett is in his sixth season as head coach. He was a UWF student athlete back in the 1960s and before returning as head coach had stops at the high school, junior college and university levels, including stints at Pensacola High School and Pensacola Junior College. WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke to Dave Scott, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at UWF about Coach Stinnett’s announcement.

Here is some of what Scott said:

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Ice Storm Preparedness
2:21 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

A Year Later Are We Better Prepared For Freezing Weather?

Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

It’s been chilly in Northwest Florida the past few nights, with temperatures approaching and occasionally dipping below freezing. Fortunately, those cold nights have been clear nights. 

Last year we weren’t so lucky.  Escambia County Emergency Management Chief John Dosh was being a bit understated last year when he said "It's a little challenging because we're not really equipped to handle these icing and snow conditions". Of all the potential emergencies officials plan for in Northwest Florida, an ice storm is pretty close to the bottom of the list. That’s no longer the case.

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Florida Pre-Paid
3:00 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Florida Pre-Paid College Open Enrollment Ends Soon

The open enrollment window for the Florida Pre-Paid College Program is closing on February 28. Parents or guardians who wish to enroll children in the college savings plan after that will have to wait until the next open enrollment session begins in October.

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IHMC Expansion
4:03 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

IHMC Breaks Ground On Expansion Project

Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Scientists and dignitaries from across the state converged on downtown Pensacola Monday morning for the official groundbreaking ceremony at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition’s. The institute has been planning a major expansion in the city for years and while construction began in mid-January, the institute took time for an official ceremony.

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Affordable Care Act
1:49 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Navigators Busy As Affordable Care Act Deadline Approaches

Credit healthcare.gov

The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is just over a week away and the local health care navigators are busy signing up new people for health insurance all over the panhandle. 

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UWF Administration
5:42 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

UWF Provost Talks About Change And The Future

Dr. Martha Saunders
Credit University of West Florida

Dr. Martha Saunders has been Provost of the University of West Florida since the beginning of 2013. Last October, she added the title of Executive Vice President of the University.

That change coincided with many other changes going on at the school. WUWF's Bob Barrett sat down with Dr. Saunders to talk about the changes and the future of UWF.

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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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