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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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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Local News
11:39 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Blue Wahoos Look Back On Season Three

The pennant races in Major League Baseball may be heating up, but here in Pensacola the 2014 season is history. And while there have still been more losses than wins on the field, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos are still one of the hottest tickets in town.

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Local Elections
5:33 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Recount Likely In Santa Rosa District 2 Race

Credit Santa Rosa County

  At face value the Republican primary in Santa Rosa County for the Board of Commissioners District 2 nomination looked like any other primary race. Until you noticed that both candidates were incumbent commissioners. Bob Cole is the sitting commissioner in district 2 and is running for his fourth term on the board. Jim Melvin is the current district 4 commissioner, but because of redistricting he now lives in district 2, so to seek a second term on the board he had to run against Cole. Take those circumstances, add an extremely low voter turnout and you get a very close election.

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Local Elections
10:23 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Meiss Defeats Thompson For Milton Mayor's Office

Milton Mayor-Elect Wesley Meiss
Credit Meiss For Mayor facebook Page

For the first time in 20 years, there will be a new mayor in the city of Milton next year.

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Early Education Grants
3:33 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

States To Compete For Early Education Dollars

Credit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Department of Education has announced a new grants competition for states to develop or improve their early learning programs. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement about the new $250 million Preschool Development Grants competition that will help states build, expand and improve high-quality preschool programs for children from low- and moderate-income families.  The grants are for states to develop preschool programs or to improve or expand on existing programs.

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