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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The threat of wildfire has gone down a bit because of the recent wet weather, but land and homeowners still need to get authorization for many controlled burns on their property.

Last week a fire from a residential burn pit sparked a grassfire that eventually left a family on Quiet Creek Road in Milton homeless. Joe Zwierzchowski, the Wildfire Mitigation Specialist for the Florida Forest Service Blackwater District, reminds people that fires can have very real consequences.

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You’ve heard this about other people, but Kevin J Anderson really seems to be the hardest working man in show biz. He has published over 120 science fiction books including many bestselling Star Wars novels. Anderson will be appearing at Pensacon this weekend, including a panel called Spotlight on Kevin J Anderson Friday afternoon at 3:30 at the Bay Center.

Combining art with science can create an entire new discipline.  That’s the premise of Thomas Asmuth’s lecture this week called “Art as an Exo-Discipline”. Thomas Asmuth is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at the University of West Florida specializing in digital and experimental media. His lecture titled “Art as an Exo-Discipline” is part of the Experience UWF Downtown lecture series and will be this Thursday afternoon, February 26 at 5:30 at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce.

Thursday is the Great American Spit-Out, a campaign similar to the American Cancer Society's Great American Smoke-Out, highlighting the dangers of smokeless tobacco use.  And the efforts are needed. Local young people are still dipping in high numbers.

First the good news: cigarette smoking among high school students in the Florida is at an all-time low.  In 2013, the smoking rate among Florida high school students fell to 8.6 percent…one of the lowest rates recorded by any state and far below the national average. However, the same cannot be said about smokeless tobacco.

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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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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.

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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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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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. 

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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