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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We're going to go out on a limb here and guess that, unless you’re reading one of the Harry Potter books, you haven’t given much thought to magic lately. Dr. Jason Leddington wants to change that. "One of the most interesting things about magic is that despite the fact that it's one of the most popular performing arts in the last 200 years in the west, art historians, art critics and philosophers of art have basically ignored it completely." Jason Leddington is a Professor in the Philosophy...

Go South To Freedom

Sep 28, 2016
New South Books

An author from Mobile has written a new children’s book about a family of escaped slaves in the 1830's who found freedom by traveling south. The book is called Go South To Freedom , and it’s the work of Frye Gaillard , an author and the Writer in Residence at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He talked with WUWF's Bob Barrett about what inspired the story. A life long friend introduced him to the story when he told Gaillard an oral history of his family. They were slaves who escaped...

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After over a year of delays The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition dedicated its new building in downtown Pensacola on Monday. Speaking in front of a crowd of a few hundred local officials and colleagues in one of the spacious new research rooms at the facility, Dr. Ken Ford, the Founder, Director and CEO of IHMC talked about the gift that inspired the building’s name. "Pensacola attorney and native son Fredrick G Levin, with everything else on your plate demanding time and attention,...

Manna

After a busy summer, Manna Food Pantries is looking forward to stocking up for the rest of the year and getting ready to move. It was late April when the food bank announced it had closed on a new home. Now, almost 6 months later, they are still in their old location on Gonzalez Street. "It never seems to progress as fast as I want it to but we are expecting to move in April of (2017)." said De De Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna. She says there is demolition work going on now at...

Hillsdale College

The University of West Florida will be hosting its annual Constitution Day lecture this Friday. Adam Carrington, an Assistant Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College in Michigan will be giving a talk called “Liberty as Lodestar – The Constitution’s Commitment to Freedom”. Dr. Carrington spoke with WUWF’s Bob Barrett about freedom and liberty being the “guiding light” of the constitution. Dr. Adam Carrington's Constitution Day lecture will be given Friday at Noon at the UWF Conference...

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D onald Trump made a return trip to Pensacola Friday evening and, it appears, he doesn’t like the media. "The show is beginning. Not the donors. Not the insiders. Not the media executives, very dishonest people." Statements like that are music to the ears of his supporters who, it seems, also don’t like the media. "These are very, very dishonest people." Trump spoke for about an hour at the Pensacola Bay Center on Friday night. It was his second trip to the arena this year. His supporters...

Richard Termine

A pioneer in children’s television is coming to Pensacola to talk about the future of the medium, and share stories about life on one of the most famous streets on Earth. Sonia Manzano knows exactly how to get to Sesame Street . Beginning in 1971 she starred as the character Maria in the classic children’s series. She says the role defined her career. "I grew up on the show. I finally retired last July (after 44 years)." Sesame Street was not the only famous road in Sonia Manzano’s career....

University of West Florida

The pool of candidates to succeed Dr. Judy Bense as President of the University of West Florida has been narrowed down to four. At a meeting of the Presidential Search Committee Tuesday morning, a motion to approve the final candidates was approved by a 1 4 to 6 vote. Those four candidates, Frank Ashley, Don Gaetz , Martha Saunders and Mike Sherman will return to the university campus for final meetings and interview sessions beginning this weekend. Committee Chair Mort O’Sullivan says things...

Florida GOP

Martin Simmons had a busy day Tuesday. He’s the Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida for Congressional District One. He likes to talk about the history of the district. "The last time an incumbent lost running for reelection to the US House from this district was 1934". That will not be the case this November as there will be no incumbent in the race for the seat because Congressman Jeff Miller announced his retirement earlier this year. Florida House District 4 representative Matt...

The race for School Superintendent in Okaloosa County will be decided on primary day this year. Earlier this year, the Okaloosa County School District was one of only three districts in the state with an “A” grade. There are two candidates vying to lead the district for the next four years. One is current Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson, who is seeking a second term after defeating Alexis Tibbits in 2012. She says voters should judge her on her actions not her words. "In the last four years...

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It was back in April when the Downtown Improvement Board announced it would end sponsorship of the popular monthly street party and the final Gallery Night would be September 16. At the time, John Peacock, the Chairman of the DIB left the door open for someone else to take over the event saying "If the bars and restaurants for example wanted to put on a street party, there are avenues to do that." And that’s exactly what happened. "My office is in downtown and I work with a lot of restaurant...

Florida Senate

The committee leading the search for the next president of the University of West Florida met Tuesday to start the process of reviewing candidates and coming up with a short list of names. The informal deadline for candidates to apply was Monday, and that’s when a very high profile resume was added to the pile: former Florida Senate President Don Gaetz. Bob Barrett talked to Senator Gaetz about why he wants to be the next president of UWF. In the interview, Gaetz said: "The University of West...

When Congressman Jeff Miller announced his retirement earlier this year, it started a domino effect in local politics. One of those dominos is Jayer Williamson, a former Santa Rosa County Commissioner who left his seat to run for the Florida House in District 3. Public service is a bit of a family business for Williamson. He was appointed to the Santa Rosa County Commission in 2014 to fill out the term of his father, Jim, who passed away while in office. In fact, since he graduated from the...

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the surprisingly strong monthly jobs report and the future of parking in downtown Pensacola. The Department of Labor’s monthly jobs report smashed estimates for July, with Florida near the top of the U.S. in growth. “It was a great first Friday jobs report,” Harper said. “We came in at 255,000. The consensus among analysts had been for about 180,000 job growth.” Harper said that if job growth remains at 200,000 or above for a sustained...

hhs.gov

Sacred Heart Medical Group has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in a new program called the Million Hearts Initiative, part of a nationwide initiative to prevent one-million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Dr. Andrew Henson, a family physician at Sacred Heart Medical Group in Pace, shared information about the progarm. You can learn more about the program at millionhearts.hhs.gov . The Million Hearts initiative is a program that focuses on...

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