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.


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.

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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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 With about three months to go before their first official game, the UWF Argos football team has a new member: the Blue Wahoos. September 10th is circled on a lot of calendars in Northwest Florida. That’s the date of the first home game for the University of West Florida football program. The Argos, of course, will be playing their home games at Blue Wahoos Stadium in downtown Pensacola. And now the Wahoos’ organization has agreed to partner with the university. Dave Scott, the UWF Athletic Director says the agreement is to sell corporate and commercial sponsorships.

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The nation’s airports are gearing for what’s being predicted as one of the busiest travel seasons ever and that means longer lines for the TSA’s security screening. You can make those lines go quicker by remembering a few simples tips, including leaving your guns at home.

This week the WSRE Speaker’s series at Pensacola State College features a duo who helped create the 90s TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000. Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff wrote for and appeared on seven seasons of the program, then went on to create Cinematic Titanic, a touring show that also made fun of bad films. The pair will be appearing along with a grade B movie this Thursday evening. Here they speak about the renewed interest in the franchise.


Heading into the holiday weekend and the summer season, area blood banks are putting out the call for more donations. Supplies of both O-Negative and O-Positive blood are low across the region right now. Pat Michaels is a spokesperson for OneBlood, the blood center for Pensacola and the panhandle. "We want to make sure that we have a very strong blood supply. As you might know, blood donations may not be enough in some cases to keep up with demand. But it's our job as a blood center to make sure we have enough blood on the shelf for all of the hospitals and transfusions."


Soon you make not have to go searching for a dollar bill to get to Pensacola Beach: beginning May 31st, the Bob Sykes Bridge, connecting Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach, will begin accepting Sun Pass for the one dollar toll.

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  Shelby Johnson was working on two bee hives in the back of his pick-up truck which was parked in a field on the east side of Pensacola International Airport last Wednesday afternoon. Johnson is the President of the EscaRosa Beekeepers Association, which is partnering with the airport to establish a bee colony on the site. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture released the results of its first ever Honey Bee Colony Loss survey. It showed an 8 percent drop in bee colonies in just the last year.  


Letter carriers around the region are gearing up for double duty this Saturday as they will be collecting food items during the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. This is the 24th year letter carriers will be collecting items for area food banks. De De Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries says it’s become a big part of their year. "This is actually a major event for many food pantries in the area because this is the single largest food drive that happens in one day."

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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.

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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
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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.