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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About three dozen students and faculty gathered on the outdoor balcony at the UWF Wellness and Counseling building Thursday evening for a short candlelight vigil for peace. 

Dr. Kim LeDuff, the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice provost for Equity, Diversity and International Affairs at the University of West Florida, led the group with music and poetry.  

There was more activity than usual at the Escambia County Area Transit terminal Wednesday morning as they celebrated the completion of a project that upgraded the bus fleet. Tonya Ellis is the Marketing Director for Escambia County Area Transit. She says the fleet is now connected to the internet. "(We now) have WiFi on all of our busses, all of our vehicles, this includes our UWF trolleys as well. We also have a bus locater app on all of our vehicles. So you can go to our web site, download the app, and you can actually see when your bus is coming within a few minutes."

Photo via Flickr// Jamais Cascio / https://flic.kr/p/8PjiCu

A unique public presentation and discussion on health care is coming to Pensacola this week. It features a national brand and a local flavor. This Friday, a series of TED Talks will be shown on the big screen at Blue Wahoos Stadium, along with talks by members of the local health care community for a free, 5 hour presentation called TED Med.

University of West Florida

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series returns for the first date of the new season on Monday. That’s when Professor Roy Hunt from the University of Florida tells “A Tale of Two Cities: Historic Preservation in Pensacola and St. Augustine.” 

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At one time, Lou Brock was the fastest man in Major League Baseball. He had over 900 stolen bases, including one season when he swiped 118. Last month, the 76 year old Hall of Famer had his left leg amputated just below the knee, the result of an infection made worse by diabetes.

According to the latest numbers from the CDC, over 29 million Americans are living with Diabetes, and over a quarter of them don’t know it. And when you have diabetes, you not only have to check your blood sugar and insulin levels. You also have to check your feet.

Manna Food Pantry

  It’s been 18 months since floods severely damaged their headquarters, and Manna Food Pantries is still looking for a new home. 

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It’s time to think about your health insurance again. Open enrollment for policies under the Affordable Care Act is now underway, and there are people ready to help you navigate your way through the system. 

"We're there to provide education, interpret the language of insurance, and then help consumers make a decision that best fits their financial needs and their health care needs."

  People in Gulf Breeze have been finding big green postcards in their mailboxes with the words “we’re sorry” printed in white. The back of the postcards cards say “Let’s be honest…Christians have really messed up at times. We’re sorry we’ve been judgmental, we’ve been unloving, we’ve been hypocritical, we’ve let you down. We’ve acted nothing like Jesus.” 

Lindsay Myers

On a warm autumn morning in downtown Pensacola, hundreds of people are walking up and down Palafox Street, shopping at one of the city’s signature weekly events: The Palafox Market. The String Farm Band is one of many musical acts that line the street creating a soundtrack to the market with its fresh produce and handmade artwork for sale. The market is now eight years old and has tripled in size since its beginning.

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The American Cancer Society caused a bit of a stir last week when it changed its recommendations for women on when to begin and how often they should get mammograms. But what has not changed is that mammography is still the first line of defense against breast cancer. Dr. Donald Farmer is President of Pensacola Radiology Consultants and the Medical Director at the Ann Baroco Center for Breast Health at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

Students, entrepreneurs and dreamers will gather at the University of West Florida on Friday, October 16 for Pensacola Start-Up Weekend.

Dealing with mental illness is no walk in the park. But the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is doing just that this weekend to raise awareness and funds to help fight this disease.  Nathalie Taylor is the Child Outpatient Clinical Supervisor at the Lakeview Center in Pensacola. She will be one of the speakers at the event this Saturday put on by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

   Students and others looking for a job in Information Technology can hear from a variety of people in the field this Thursday evening in Pensacola.

Career Source Escarosa

Jobs seekers and employers will get a chance to mingle Friday at the 7th annual Community Job Fair at Pensacola State College. "I think everybody should show up dressed to impress, bring their resumes and be prepared for some employers to conduct on site interviews."  Morgan Cole is the outreach representative for Career Source Escarosa. 

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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.   

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