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.


For the first time in a couple of years the state of Florida is gearing up for a tropical storm.  Saying the state should hope for the best and prepare for the worst, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency across every county of the state today as Tropical Storm Erika continues its slow trek across the ocean towards Florida. 

  A legendary R and B performer will come to life this week in Pensacola.

In 1958, Jackie Wilson released his third single, Lonely Teardrops.  It was a number one R&B hit and made the national top 10 and turned Wilson into a star. In 1975, he had a heart attack and collapsed on stage and slipped into a coma. He remained in that coma until he died in 1984. Jackie Wilson’s star will shine again at the Pensacola Little Theater this Friday and Saturday evenings as veteran Broadway performer Chester Gregory brings his show called The Eve of Jackie Wilson to town.  

If you have a family member or loved one who suffers from mental illness, there’s a course starting next week that organizers hope will change your life for the better. "This is the way you find out how to take care of yourself. Because if you don't take care of yourself, you're not going to be able to take care of the family (member) or loved one with the illness" said Bill Crawford, the Vice President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, group in Pensacola.

UWF Has Chemistry

Aug 23, 2015
UWF Clinical Laboratory Science

  Graduates of the University of West Florida’s Chemistry Department are making their mark in the academic and professional ranks around the country. 

In this week's Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper points out that tourism has never been better in the Sunshine State. "The numbers are good", said Dr. Harper, Director of the UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity. "The governor just released the number of visitors. 54 million for the first half of the year." Harper pointed out that the first half of the year is the high season for Florida tourism.

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A national civil rights leader with ties to the Pensacola area passed away over the weekend. Julian Bond, a Tennessee native who lived part time on the Panhandle died last Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach. Mr Bond was 75. 

  He last made news in Pensacola two summers ago when he spoke at the Greater True Vine Baptist Church in Pensacola in August of 2013. He was there as part of a town hall meeting so citizens could express their concerns about incidents involving the Escambia County Sheriff's department, including the shooting of Roy Middleton at his home by two deputies.

Area police agencies are being specially trained to deal with mentally ill people and the program has cut down on violence and saved lives. "I have deescalated situations where the subject was armed, talked to him, had him walk to an ambulance and taken to get treatment...all without handcuffs." 

That’s what Lieutenant Patrick Vega of the Santa Rosa County Sheriffs' Department had to say about the training he and many other law enforcement officers in the area have received in dealing with mentally ill individuals.

Representatives from the Studer, Levin and Bear families as well as dozens of others gathered at a steaming hot parking lot on the corner of Tarragona and Intendencia Streets in downtown Pensacola Thursday morning for the groundbreaking of the new downtown YMCA. 

U.S. Department of Education

The new school year starts next week and area educators are hoping this year’s innovations will turn last year’s disruptions into distant memories. "We're looking forward to a very vanilla year, this year" said Santa Rosa Country School Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. It's not that he has anything against the other flavors in the ice cream aisle, it’s just that last year had a little more flavor than educators were expecting.

Bob Barrett

There were rappers and dancers and dozens of community organizations on display Tuesday evening as Legion Field hosted an event for the 29th annual National Night Out. Officials were walking around the park, mingling with the crowd. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said the positive atmosphere at the park reminded him of simpler times. "We had these events in neighborhoods. It was Sunday in the park and people would get together and picnic. They were almost unplanned events." Morgan says now people live in neighborhoods for years and don't know who lives next door to them.