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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UWF Law Program
3:16 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

UWF & FSU Partner On New "3 + 3" Law Degree Program

UWF President Dr. Judy Bense and FSU College of Law Dean Donald Weidner sign the new 3 3 law degree agreement.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

The  University of West Florida is giving its best students a quicker pathway to a law degree. On Wednesday they announced a new partnership with the FSU College of Law.

UWF President Dr. Judy Bense made the announcement Wednesday afternoon that the University is partnering with Florida State University in a new "three plus three" law degree program. The program allows students to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years between the two schools. Bense says the program will save students a year of college time and expense.

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ITEN Wired Summit
3:17 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

ITEN Wired Summit Get Rave Reviews

The ITEN Wired Summit last week in Pensacola brought tech companies and tech workers and tech lovers together for about 36 hours. Almost 300 people who attended the event, which was the eleventh edition of the summit in the past eight years. Jim Rhodes, the chair of the ITEN Wired Planning Committee says this years edition was one of the most diverse, encompassing all aspects of business technology. He credits the members of his planning group.

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Animal Welfare
3:05 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Santa Rosa County Offers Low Cost Pet Spay Program

Pet owners in Santa Rosa County are being offered a low cost opportunity to have their animals spayed or neutered. Dale Hamilton, Director of Animal Services in Santa Rosa County says the county received a $25,000 grant from the Florida Animal Friend license plate program to help income-eligible residents of Santa Rosa County get their pets spayed or neutered. The program began on October 1 and will run until the grant money is gone.

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ITEN Wired Summit
2:52 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Homeland Security Official Talks Cyber Security In Pensacola

Brigadier General Gregory Touhill
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

It was a full day of hands on training and networking on Pensacola Beach today at The I-TEN Wired Summit.

The keynote speaker at lunch was Brigadier general Gregory Touhill, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber-security Operations within the Department of Homeland Security. After his address he spoke with WUWF's Bob Barrett about homeland security beginning with home TOWN security. He said that was one of many messages to take from today's summit. A broader message would be that cybersecurity is a shared risk that all of us need to be aware of.

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Election 2014
6:50 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Libertarian Adrian Wyllie Talks Taxes, Pot, & Driving Without A License

Credit Wyllie For Governor

He wants pot to be legal, he wants all property taxes abolished and he refuses to get a driver's license.  Oh, and he wants to be Governor.

Adrian Wyllie, the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Florida has been stumping around the state for well over a year talking to anyone who'll listen to his platform of less taxes and fewer regulations. He spoke this week to WUWF's Bob Barrett about getting the Libertarian message out across the state.

Wyllie:

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ITEN Wired Summit
2:27 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

iTEN Wired Comes To Pensacola This Week

The iTEN Wired Summit is being held in Pensacola this week. It's billed as the Gulf Coast's premiere  information technology event.

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State Of UWF 2014
2:37 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Achievements And Challenges Highlighted At UWF State Of The University Address

Dr. Judy Bense concludes her State of the University speech by thanking the crowd.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

The University of West Florida highlighted its successes and challenges Wednesday morning at its annual State of the University Ceremony.

After the presentation of the colors UWF music student Easton Ellenberg performed Edward MacDowell's March Wind to a standing room crowd at the UWF Commons Auditorium. It was the opening act to UWF President Dr. Judy Bense's 2014 state of the University speech.

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IRS Scam Alert
2:37 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Scammers Posing As IRS Agents Calling Area Homes

Credit I.R.S.

If you get a call from someone saying they are from the I-R-S and you owe them money...they're not and you don't. Danielle Rudd, the Communications Director for the Better Business Bureau serving Northwest Florida says that's the take home message about a series of scams going on in the region.

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Ivan 10th Anniversary
12:04 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Ivan Turned Gulf Coast Real Estate Upside Down

Credit WUWF News

In 2004, the country was in the middle of the so-called housing bubble. Prices were rising all across the country. Here in northwest Florida, it was a bit more subdued.

Lynn Peters, the President of the Pensacola Association of Realtors says that the inventory of available houses in the Pensacola region was selling nicely in the months before Hurricane Ivan. As 2004 began there were over 21 hundred properties for sale in the market. By August, that was down to under 17 hundred.

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Scottish Independence Vote
12:35 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

UWF Political Scientist Reacts To Scottish Independence Vote

Dr. Michelle Williams
Credit University of West Florida

Last week, citizens of Scotland took an historic vote and, in the end, decided to remain a part of the United Kingdom.

The process leading up to that vote and the aftermath of the decision is a political scientists dream. WUWF's Bob Barrett spoke with Dr. Michelle Williams, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies Advisor in the Department of Government at the University of West Florida about the Scottish referendum on independence.

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