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.

This Saturday is National HIV Testing Day.   In Escambia County, those free tests will be available for three days. As the Surveillance and Linkage Coordinator for the HIV Area One Program of the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Escambia County, Maurice Moody wants as many people as possible to get tested for HIV this week. The DOH is collaborating with Walgreens to provide free HIV testing and counseling this week for anyone who wants it.

Photo via Flickr// U.S. Department of Education /

The United Way is looking for volunteers to serve as “Reading Pals” to area preschoolers. Andrea Krieger, the President and CEO of United Way of Escambia County, says the Reading Pals program looks to pair at risk preschool children with mentors to help them with reading skills before they enter the school system.

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon announce a decision that could cause over 50,000 local people to lose their health insurance. 

Photo via Flickr// Steve Harwood

A trip to the Gulf Islands National Seashore will cost you a bit more beginning this week. For the first time since 2002, the fees at  Gulf Islands National Seashore have been raised. 

The increase went into effect Sunday. The fee for a single car has almost doubled, increasing from $8 to $15. Pedestrians and cyclists have seen an increase to $7 and the cost of an annual pass has increased to $30, a $5 jump.

Veterans and active military personnel who get in trouble with the law now have a new venue in Escambia County.  Judge Edward Nickinson, a state Circuit Court Judge in Escambia County, will be presiding over the new Veterans' Court. He likens the new court to the drug court, which has been operating in Escambia County for over 20 years. "About six or seven years ago, a judge in Buffalo, New York, Judge Russell, who is a long time drug court judge, began to see what he thought was a need for courts to deal differently with veterans, particularly veterans with combat experience".

Officials from Santa Rosa County are crafting a strategy to encourage and manage retail development.  Shannon Ogletree, the Director of Economic Development for Santa Rosa County says because the county is growing so fast,  officials want to produce guidelines so retail development is planned and not haphazard. Ogletree, along with County Commissioner Jayer Williamson and Milton City Manager Brian Watkins recently attended an international retail convention in Las Vegas to begin the process of forming a retail strategy for Santa Rosa County.

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The current media frenzy around the Duggar family has brought the issue of child sexual abuse into the light. A new survey of over a thousand Floridians shows that while many are affected by abuse, more have a poor understanding of the problem. 


A team from the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola is traveling to California this week to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Doug Stephen, a Research Associate at IHMC explained the purpose of the competition.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

 To a lot of people, Guy Harvey is just a name on tropical shirts and hats.

But this summer in downtown Pensacola, he is the main attraction at the museum of art. Through the month of August the Pensacola Museum of Art is featuring the artwork Dr. Harvey as its Summer Blockbuster exhibit called “Guy Harvey – The Lure of the Ocean.”  Mary Hartshorn, Director of Communications for the Museum says having the exhibit available all summer long was important to make Harvey's art available to the widest audience possible, young and old - local and visitor.

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On Tuesday morning Chris Carter was loading the metal skeleton of a pop up beach tent onto the trailer of his truck. The Gulf Breeze resident says things looked a lot different over the weekend. "Over the weekend it looked like a catastrophe. There were these pop-up tents and tents and air mattresses and floats. The storms came through...Sunday morning and everyone left in a panic and the beach was in disarray."