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.

FL GOP

  The conventions are done and the 2016 general election season is under way. But before we put the big parties in Cleveland and Philadelphia to bed, we thought we’d get a first hand account of what it was like in the middle of the action on the convention floor. 

UWF

  The University of West Florida is moving closer to a decision on a new president. On July 22 the UWF Presidential search Committee held their third meeting to update the search process. Mort O’Sullivan is the Vice Chair of the UWF Board of Trustees and the Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee.  He says things are progressing as planned. "We mapped out a very detailed time schedule and we are on pace with what we laid out for our timetable."

  As Republicans begin unpacking from their four day party in Cleveland, local Democrats are getting ready for their convention next week in Philadelphia. There will be three delegates to the Democratic National Convention from Pensacola. Two are pledged to Hillary Clinton, one to Bernie Sanders.

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  A national IT and cybersecurity company is holding a job fair in Pensacola this week. CSRA is a giant in the cyber fields, with contracts in the defense, intelligence and homeland security fields among others. They and other companies will be looking to fill a number of local openings at the job fair, scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Pensacola Grand Hotel. Doug Underhill is the Manager for Security Services for CSRA in support of the Department of Homeland Security in Pensacola. He says this is not a job fair where they are collecting resumes and farming them out.

   In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the July tourism boom, the effect of Brexit on the U.S. housing market and the call to repeal the commercial real estate sales tax.

July means big business for tourism and leisure and hospitality industries in the Panhandle, and this year is no exception.

Escambia County Republican Executive Committee

A group of Republicans from Northwest Florida are packing their bags and heading to Cleveland for next week’s Republican National Convention. The convention gets going on Monday and, for the first time in awhile, nobody really knows what to expect.

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  First, the good news: statewide, the number of failing schools was cut in half. When it comes to school districts, the results were mixed. Not a single district in the state improved its grade and half of them went down.

David Gaschen dot com

In 1999, David Gaschen walked onto the stage at the Majestic Theater on Broadway for the first time in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera. It was by no means his first performance. He had been playing the role on the European stage for years. Now, Gaschen is coming to Pensacola to try and help young people’s Broadway dreams come true. 

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  For a political scientist, the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union is like watching the World Cup and Super Bowl combined. Dr. Michelle Williams, the chair of the Department of Government and a Professor of Political Science at the University of West Florida, sat down with Bob Barret to explain what the Brexit vote means for the EU and the future.

Highlights:

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Quint Studer has the idea last year: offer two prizes totaling $50,000 to people who could come up with the best plans to help children in Escambia County be kindergarten ready. Studer says he's had good luck over the years asking other people for ideas. "So the thought is why not ask the community what ideas they have? If I ask them what ideas they have they'll realize there's an issue with kindergarten readiness."

IHMC

A researcher from the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola is set to join a NASA project set under the sea. Dr. Dawn Kernagis is one of six crew members to join NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations. That’s right, it’s project NEEMO. "It's a project that NASA runs every summer, it's been running since 2001. This will be the twenty first mission that they've run, so some years they've run multiple missions.

Photo via flickr//UW Health / https://flic.kr/p/bqCksx

While students are enjoying their summer vacation, health care workers are busy reminding parents that kids should be up to date with their vaccinations before the new school year starts.

Pensacola Museum of Art.

The Pensacola Museum of Art is about to become a part of the University of West Florida. The transition was announced today (Wednesday) and will become effective on July first. WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke to Dr. Brendan Kelly, Vice President of University Advancement and President of the UWF Foundation about what this means for the university and the future of the museum.

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  Dr. Phyllis Schneck has quite a title. She is Deputy Under-Secretary of Cybersecurity for the Department of Homeland Security. She was in Pensacola last week speaking to students at the University of West Florida about their cyber security program.

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The Santa Rosa County library system will host an internet safety class for children in grades third through fifth. Congress has designated June as Internet Safety Month. Libraries in Santa Rosa County are trying to make young students’ internet time a bit less hazardous.

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