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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"The first thing I'm going to talk about is our SACS reaffirmation. If we don't get re-accredited we're all out of work," said UWF  Florida President Dr. Judy Bense in opening her annual State of the University address before a crowd of a couple of hundred students, staff and faculty. SACS stands for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which is the organization that reaccredits the University of West Florida every 10 years.   

The “Great Green Room” has been replaced by the Graffiti Bridge and other local landmarks in the new children’s book “Goodnight Pensacola”. 

Based on the children’s classic “Goodnight Moon”, the book is the brainchild of local author Anna Whibbs Theriault, granddaughter of the late mayor and local ambassador Vince Whibbs. Anna will be reading her book at the Children’s Museum of Pensacola this Saturday morning as part of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play.  WUWF’s Bob Barrett caught up with her after a book reading event at St. Paul Catholic School and talked about the book.

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"My perception of cops was formed at a very early age and it wasn't good," said Haley Seabrook, a young woman living near the Brent neighborhood in Pensacola. Like most people living in the city, her interactions with police have been pretty much limited to traffic stops. "I saw this as an opportunity to change that."

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Last February, President Obama signed the "Clay Hunt S.A.V. Act" into law. The act was named after a veteran who suffered from PTSD and took his own life. His friends and family fought hard for the law to make it easier for veterans to get support and prevent the growing number of suicides among the country’s vets.

"We have always been concerned with veterans and mental health issues at VA" said Dr. Caitlin Thompson is the VA’s Deputy Director of Suicide Prevention, "we actually started what is now the largest integrated suicide prevention program in the country...in 2007."

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The year long reorganization of the various colleges at the University of West Florida has concluded with the announcement of the new College of Health. "To watch a team come together is about the most rewarding thing that I do" said Dr. Martha Saunders, Provost and Executive Vice president of the University of West Florida. She was speaking earlier this year about the reorganization of the colleges at UWF. The final step of that reorganization was announced last week with the formation of the College of Health.

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  From the very first Blue Wahoos game you could buy hot dogs and cold beer and souvenir jerseys at the ballpark. But for the first time ever, you can now buy playoff tickets. 

Pensacola Blue Wahoos principal owner Quint Studer is not quite counting his chickens while talking about the team’s very first pennant race. He pretty much said he'll believe it when it happens. The team is completing its fourth season in Pensacola and, as of Thursday afternoon with 5 games left to play, leads its division by a half game.

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The fall sports season gets underway this weekend at the University of West Florida. 

  Dave Scott, Athletic Director at the UWF says "Our fall sports have always been a very strong part of our program".  The five fall sports teams at the school were highlighted at a press conference this week. The men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volley ball teams were all in the spotlight as they spoke about their plans and hope for the coming season which gets under way this weekend.

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For the first time in a couple of years the state of Florida is gearing up for a tropical storm.  Saying the state should hope for the best and prepare for the worst, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency across every county of the state today as Tropical Storm Erika continues its slow trek across the ocean towards Florida. 

  A legendary R and B performer will come to life this week in Pensacola.

In 1958, Jackie Wilson released his third single, Lonely Teardrops.  It was a number one R&B hit and made the national top 10 and turned Wilson into a star. In 1975, he had a heart attack and collapsed on stage and slipped into a coma. He remained in that coma until he died in 1984. Jackie Wilson’s star will shine again at the Pensacola Little Theater this Friday and Saturday evenings as veteran Broadway performer Chester Gregory brings his show called The Eve of Jackie Wilson to town.  

If you have a family member or loved one who suffers from mental illness, there’s a course starting next week that organizers hope will change your life for the better. "This is the way you find out how to take care of yourself. Because if you don't take care of yourself, you're not going to be able to take care of the family (member) or loved one with the illness" said Bill Crawford, the Vice President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, group in Pensacola.

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  Graduates of the University of West Florida’s Chemistry Department are making their mark in the academic and professional ranks around the country. 

In this week's Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper points out that tourism has never been better in the Sunshine State. "The numbers are good", said Dr. Harper, Director of the UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity. "The governor just released the number of visitors. 54 million for the first half of the year." Harper pointed out that the first half of the year is the high season for Florida tourism.

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A national civil rights leader with ties to the Pensacola area passed away over the weekend. Julian Bond, a Tennessee native who lived part time on the Panhandle died last Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach. Mr Bond was 75. 

  He last made news in Pensacola two summers ago when he spoke at the Greater True Vine Baptist Church in Pensacola in August of 2013. He was there as part of a town hall meeting so citizens could express their concerns about incidents involving the Escambia County Sheriff's department, including the shooting of Roy Middleton at his home by two deputies.

Area police agencies are being specially trained to deal with mentally ill people and the program has cut down on violence and saved lives. "I have deescalated situations where the subject was armed, talked to him, had him walk to an ambulance and taken to get treatment...all without handcuffs." 

That’s what Lieutenant Patrick Vega of the Santa Rosa County Sheriffs' Department had to say about the training he and many other law enforcement officers in the area have received in dealing with mentally ill individuals.

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