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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  Since 1889, 14 members of the Pensacola Police Force have died in the line of duty. Wednesday morning, the city took time to remember their service.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Hospital officials, community leaders and the media gathered at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola Tuesday morning for the groundbreaking of the new Children’s Hospital building. And along with a new building, the hospital will be getting a new name. Debbie Calder, the Chair of the Board of Directors for Sacred Heart Health System made that announcement towards the end of the ceremony. "On behalf of the Sacred Heart board and leadership team, I am honored to announce we will rename our facility as The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart."

What Is A Hospitalist?

May 2, 2016
Carmela Cook / Baptist Health Care

If you’ve had a stay at a hospital over the past decade or so, you’ve probably been treated by a new kind of specialist: a hospitalist.  "A hospitalist is a physician or practitioner whose primary focus is on the comprehensive care of hospitalized patients" said Dr. John Sullivan, a native of Australia, who is a hospitalist and the Medical Director of Hospital Medicine at Baptist Health Care in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze. "They are almost all internal medicine, family practice or pediatric trained physicians.

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Ira Flatow visited Pensacola Sunday through Wednesday and gave a lecture at the Historic Museum of Commerce on Tuesday. (Did you miss it? You can watch the whole thing HERE!) While in Pensacola he toured the National Museum of Naval Aviation, Gulf Islands National Seashore, the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, and, of course, WUWF.

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Unless a new sponsor steps forward to take charge of the event, the monthly Gallery Night celebrations in downtown Pensacola will be coming to an end this fall. 

The host of Science Friday is coming to Pensacola on April 19 to talk about the Catalysts of Creativity. WUWF’s Bob Barrett talked to Ira Flatow about his visit and what it takes to become an inventor. Here are some highlights of that conversation:

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De De Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries, stood outside the food bank's flooded headquarters with a fold up table, a pot of coffee and a box of donuts on April 30, 2014. Their offices were flooded and unsafe, they had lost over three quarters of their inventory and their operations had been shut down indefinitely. "Here in our main pantry, it wouldn't be unusual to see 100 plus people receiving food every day. And that's all shut down right now.

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Last season, Ray Chang of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos had a game where he played every position on the field. Now he’s played another one, pitchman. The Wahoos were filming a commercial for the Blue Wahoos credit card before taking the field for a practice session.

"February 17 through 19, 2017 Pensacon will return to downtown Pensacola at the Pensacola Bay Center, the Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel, the Rex Theater, the Saenger Theater and, added this year, the Pensacola Little Theater as well." - Mike Ensley, Founder and Chairman of Pensacon.

30 Million Words Initiative

  A leader in the field of early childhood education and development will be speaking in Pensacola this week

Early last summer, Escambia County established a Veterans Court where vets who got in trouble with the law could try to get their lives straightened out and avoid jail time. Escambia County Circuit Court Judge Edward Nickinson modeled the Veterans Court after the Drug Court that has been operating in the county for over 20 years. "The Veterans' Treatment Court is designed to provide services and assistance to veterans who are charged with various crimes, particularly if we think those crimes are related to either disabilities or injuries  or other things connected with their service.

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Congressman Jeff Miller has announced in an e-mail to WUWF that he will not be running for reelection this year. Here is is full statement:

There is a lot of construction and change and growth in downtown Pensacola right now. What there isn’t a lot of is parking, and that continues to be a problem. Last December the city of Pensacola commissioned a study from the West Florida Regional Planning Council called Pensacola Parking Strategies as a Catalyst for Economic Growth. Jill Lavender is Special Projects Coordinator for the council and is the team leader for the study. She says they are going to first look at the current supply and then predict the future demand of parking downtown.

While no official announcement has been made, there has been progress in nailing down dates for Pensacon 2017.  Pensacon Chairman Mike Ensley says they have moved forward with both the Pensacola Bay Center and the Pensacola Ice Flyers, with help from the Escambia County Commission and have come to the table to talk about the dates Pensacon wanted and how things could be arranged so they can be used. Ensley says it looks like the county is putting its money where its nerd culture is.

University of West Florida

The search has begun to find a replacement for University of West Florida President Judy Bense. 

They are very early in the process. The committee, led  by Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Mort O’Sullivan approved the hiring of Greenfield Asher as the advisory search firm on February 2. One of the first things they've been asked to do is participate and lead open interactions with all the parties involved with the university to get input on what they want in a new president.

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