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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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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Impact 100 Finalists
1:33 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Impact 100 Announces Finalists for 2014 Grants

Holly Jurnovoy, the President of the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 speaking Thursday morning at the Pensacola Public Library.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

The Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 announced the finalists for thier 2014 grants Thursday morning at the Pensacola Public Library.

Holly Jurnovoy, the President of the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100, introduced representatives from all 15 finalists who each gave a short statement about their grant project proposal.

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Ivan 10th Anniversary
3:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Hurricane Ivan 10 Years Later - Cleaning Up And Moving Forward

President Bush spends time with local residents during a walking tour of hurricane damage in Pensacola, Sept. 19, 2004.
Credit Eric Draper / White House dot gov

President George W Bush made quite a few trips to Florida in 2004.

He was, after all, running for reelection. But on September 19, he joined Governor Bob Riley of Alabama and his brother, Governor Jeb Bush of Florida to see firsthand some of the damage done by Hurricane Ivan. There was a lot to see. The damage from Ivan totaled almost 19 billion dollars, making it the sixth most expensive storm un US history. And in the days immediately after the storm, how some of that money needed to be spent became apparent.

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Ivan 10th Anniversary
3:45 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Hurricane Ivan 10 Years Later - Ivan Strikes!

The I-10 Bridge after Hurricane Ivan

On the morning of September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan was no longer a local story. NPR led its newscasts that morning with updates about the storm damage and loss of life. 

Earlier, at 1:50am...Hurricane Ivan made landfall at Gulf Shores, Alabama. By then it had already killed 67 people in the Caribbean including 39 in Grenada and 17 in Jamaica. Escambia county was hit by the eastern edge of the storm, the most dangerous part of any Atlantic hurricane.

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Ivan 10th Anniversary
11:03 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Hurricane Ivan 10 Years Later - The Days Before The Storm

NASA image of Hurricane Ivan on September 13, 2004.
Credit NASA

In 2004, Hurricane Charlie hit the state of Florida at Fort Myers on August 13. Hurricane Francis struck the east coast near Stuart on September 5. That was the same day that Ivan went from a tropical storm to a hurricane. 18 hours later it was a category 4 storm and still strengthening.

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Major UWF Gift
6:56 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

$770,000 Gift to UWF Helps Science, Health, and Football

Timothy Burr talking about his family's gift to the University of West Florida Tuesday afternoon at the Argonaut Athletic Club.
Credit Bob Barrett/WUWF

Science, engineering and football all got a boost Tuesday as the University of West Florida announced a major gift from a local family.  

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BRACE Flood Survey
4:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Still Need Flood Recovery Help? BRACE Wants To Know!

Credit World Renew

It's been four months since the floods and there are still people in the region looking for help to recover. BRACE, the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies is hosting a national disaster recovery group to help find some of those people. Greg Strader is the Executive Director of BRACE says many of the people who still need help are living in low income housing and may not have been aware of the assistance available.

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