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.

After a long delay caused by last April's flood The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola is set to finally begin a major expansion of its downtown campus.

"It actually started off as an idea on the back of a napkin" said  Doug Underhill, Escambia County Commissioner for District 2. He's talking about Cyberthon, a three day event at the National Flight Academy this weekend that will give young people experience in fighting a cyber attack. He said that bringing young people in to work with technical experts will inspire the next generation.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

A local sports hero has become a part owner of a local sports organization.  A couple of hundred fans attended the ceremony at Bayfront Stadium as Blue Wahoos Team President Bruce Baldwin and Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward introduced the newest member of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos ownership team, professional golfer and Pensacola native Bubba Watson.

The University of West Florida Archeology Institute has received a grant to explore the remains of a Spanish fleet in Pensacola Bay. The $290,000 grant is support from the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Dr. Gregory Cook is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UWF who teaches shipwreck and nautical archeology. He says the Special Category Grant from the state will help expand the university's study of the ships under Pensacola Bay.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Santa Rosa County is asking the state for $8 million for a major renourishment project on Navarre Beach. Roger Blaylock, a Santa Rosa County Engineer and Navarre Beach Director says there have been signs of erosion on the beach and the county has requested funds from the state to rebuild the entire beach.

The attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo that left a dozen people dead in Paris has shocked people around the world. It is also putting a spotlight on the strained relations between French society and Muslim immigrants. WUWF's Bob Barrett spoke about the situation with Dr. Michelle Williams, a professor of political science at the University of West Florida and an expert on European politics.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

It was a day filled with bouquets and cake and history as marriage equality came to Florida on Tuesday.  In Pensacola, the Rev Dr. Jim Merritt began a full day of same sex weddings at the Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church.

Pensacola Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church.

The arrival of marriage equality in Florida is a milestone in a long fight by a Pensacola pastor.

Reverend Dr. Jim Merritt is Senior Pastor at Pensacola's Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church. He says many couples have been waiting for the arrival of marriage equality in the state for 20 years or more. 

Pastor Merritt and two of his associates at the Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church will be performing free marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples all day long on Tuesday the 6th.

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A number of new laws have gone into effect in the new year, including one that will affect parents of young children.

Michele Harris, the Director of Traffic Safety Culture at Triple A says parents must now have children in car seats until they reach the age of 6. the old law which Harris says was one of the weakest in the country, only required children to be in car safety seat until they reached age 4.

The most talked about movie of 2014 will be shown in the area on Christmas Day after all.  On Tuesday, SONY Pictures announced it will be releasing the controversial movie The Interview to theaters in the US on Christmas Day after all, and that put the staff at a local independent movie house into action.

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