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.

University of West Florida

The Nursing Program at the University of West Florida received a large gift this week. Dr. Ermalynn Kiehl, the Dean of the College of Health at UWF says the D.W. McMillan Foundation, a local non-profit, has donated $250,000 to the University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. That's UWF’s undergraduate nursing program.

  Officials from Pensacon were still getting guests to the airport on the Tuesday after the convention, hoping they could get out of town ahead of the bad weather. "Luckily we got everybody out before the storms hit." said Mike Ensley, who spent the rest of the week taking care of the things you take care of after a huge three day convention.

Sandra Averhart

Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas is looking for more than a few good men and women. He says between Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties there's a need to hire five to six hundred new teachers for the next school year. And to get that process started, the district is holding a Teacher Fair this Saturday for anyone interested in becoming a teacher in the county. "If you've thought in the back of your mind 'I'd like to be a teacher I wonder what's expected of me?

Women who are concerned about their health can get some important information this week in Pensacola. 

The Women’s Health Expo will be held at Sacred Heart Hospital this Thursday evening beginning at 5. There will be speakers on four areas of women’s health, as well as health screenings, wellness education…even a little pampering. One of the health issues that will be addressed is osteoporosis.

29 years ago, when Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted, one of the most popular characters was Lt Worf, the first Klingon Officer to serve in Star Fleet. He was played by actor Michael Dorn, who went on to reprise the character on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and in several movies.

Baptist Health Care in Pensacola is hosting an event on Friday, February 19 with Tony Buettner to talk about pockets of healthy populations around the world called “Blue Zones”. Meghan McCarthy, Director of Community Health and Wellness for Baptist Health Care,  discussed the event and what we mean when we’re talking about “Blue Zones”.

You can learn more about the Blue Zone event on  Friday, February 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Chipley Hall 500 North Palafox St., Pensacola here.

My Florida Pre Paid

If you plan on saving for a loved one’s college education, time is running out to get started. The Florida Pre Paid College Program is winding down their current open enrollment period. Shannon Colavecchio is a spokesperson for Florida Pre Paid. She says the plan is a good way for a family to save for a child's education. "It allows you to (lock it tuition costs) at today's rate. And then you can start paying, most people do monthly, toward that ultimate tuition cost."

Pensacon

Mike Ensley loves talking about Pensacon. Going into its third year, the gathering of science fiction and comic books and cosplay and pop culture in general fans continues to exceed the organizer’s expectations. This year, a new venue has been added to the event. "We've always had the Pensacola Bay Center and the Crowne Plaza Hotel. We added the Saenger Theater last year and this year we the Rex Theater.

Photo via Flickr// Fairfax County / https://flic.kr/p/ccG8o1

Florida Governor Rick Scott addressed the media Thursday about the state’s response to the Zika virus.  One day after declaring a health emergency in four Florida counties, including Santa Rosa County, the governor, standing next to State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong, laid out the state’s plan to combat the virus, beginning with making sure there are enough kits available to test for active cases of the disease.

Bob Barrett

Baptist Health Care broke ground on a major new building project Tuesday afternoon in Pensacola. The new $6 million medical park is located on 12th Avenue in front of the Hyatt Hotel at the Pensacola Airport.

Photo via Flickr// Scott Kidder / https://flic.kr/p/bdToj

 

The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency. Closer to home, officials are keeping their eyes open but there’s not much to see. Yet. 

Courtesy of UWF Historic Trust / Voices of Pensacola

As Black History Month gets underway, the T.T. Wentworth Museum in downtown Pensacola is hosting an exhibit of remarkable photographs of African Americans living in Tallahassee in the late 19th century. 

The Pensacola City Council is going back to the drawing board and paying for a study to figure out what to do with some valuable city land. The city has been examining the two acre parcel of land in the Hawkshaw district which is bordered by Ninth Avenue and Romana Street in Pensacola. Last Monday, the Community Redevelopment Agency held a special meeting to vote on hiring a firm called Urban Design Associates to conduct a study and get public input on what would be the best use of the land. The study will cost $25,000.

The fight against cervical cancer in the U.S. is becoming  a success story. It used to be one of the leading causes of cancer death in American women, but over the last three decades the number of cervical cancer deaths has been cut in half. Congress has even designated January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

University of West Florida

The UWF Spring Sports teams were introduced to the media Wednesday afternoon. "53 of our conference championship have come out of spring sports" said Dave Scott, Athletic Director at the University of West Florida. He was speaking at a gathering of coaches, athletes and the media to kick off the 2016 spring sports season at the university. "Spring's always been very string for us and we don't expect anything different this year. We have teams in tennis and golf that have strong national ratings this year."

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