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.


Nesting Turtle Death
4:32 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Gulf Power Adjusts Streetlight After Turtle Death

Loggerhead turtles like this one are rare but one was killed on Perdido Key last week by an automobile. It may have been confused by the street lights.
Credit Photo via Flickr//Florida Fish And Wildlife Commission

Gulf Power is adjusting some street lights after the death of a nesting loggerhead turtle on Perdido Key last week. The turtle had crawled across the beach and onto Perdido Key Drive where it was struck and killed by a vehicle. Officials speculate that it was attracted and confusing by a street light on the road. Jeff Rogers,a spokesman for Gulf Power, says the lights on Perdido Key drive are "full cut-off" lights that are designed to limit sea turtle confusion.

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Ben Lively Blue Wahoo
6:49 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Ben Lively K's 8 In His First Start For The Blue Wahoos

Pensacola Blue Wahoo's Pitcher Ben Lively
Credit Pensacola Blue Wahoos

UPDATE: Ben Lively lasted 3 2/3 innings for the Blue Wahoos Monday evening as Huntsville beat Pensacola 6-2. Lively took the loss. He gave up 3 runs, struck out 8 batters, walked 5 and hit one with a pitch. His 8 strike-out performance is a new team record for a Blue Wahoos pitcher's first start. He leads the Cincinnati Reds organization with 103 total strikeouts on the year and is second overall in all of minor league baseball.


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New Manna Home?
5:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Deal In The Works For A New Manna Food Pantry Home

The Manna headquarters on Gonzales Street in Pensacola days after the flood in April, 2014.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Manna Food Pantries and the Escambia County School District are working on a deal to move the non-profit onto the site of an abandoned school. The property is the site of the former J. Lee Pickens School on Hayne Street in Pensacola which has been vacant for 20 years. Dee Dee Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries says the deal is just for the land, not the building which was demolished last month.

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Families Count Becomes 90Works
3:56 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

90Works: Families Count Rebrands To Help Develop Self Sufficiency In 90 Days

Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

For over 30 years, the non-profit called "Families Count" has been helping people become self sufficient members of society. Now, they've changed their name to 90Works and the rebranding has re-energized its members.

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Purifoy Murder Reaction
4:46 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Church Leaders Call For Action After Pensacola Student Is Shot

Robert Gross, Shaquille Purifoy's father address the gathering on Monday, called for "cease fire".
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Shaquille Purifoy, a 20 year old graduate of Pine Forest High School who went on to play football for Grambling State University was shot Friday night in Pensacola.

He died Saturday at Sacred Heart Hospital. In reaction to the shooting, church and community leaders held a Stop The Violence meeting Monday morning at St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church in Pensacola.

"I don't want retaliation. I don't want revenge. I want cease fire!" said Robert Gross, Shaquille Purifoy's father, as he addressed the crowd of about three dozen at Monday morning's gathering.

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