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.

Do you have any old bank accounts or security deposits you may have forgotten about? The state of Florida is inviting you to go on a treasure hunt and see what might be out there with your name on it. 

About half a million students across the state took Math tests this year that will end up not counting towards their final grade. WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke with Escambia County School Superintendent about this latest situation involving testing in Florida.

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Executive Director Sarah Humlie and the staff at the Humane Society were all smiles as they officially opened their new facility Monday morning. The Barbara Grice Memorial Spay and Neuter Clinic was named after the former board president of the Pensacola Humane Society. Humlie says it was Grice’s dream to have a clinic devoted to spaying and neutering dogs and cats to cut down the number of pets that need to be euthanized each year. After a few years of fund raising, the organization applied for a grant from IMPACT 100.

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A section of the University of West Florida campus has looked and sounded like a logging operation over the past couple of weeks.

About 270 trees have been taken down near the university's fitness and aquatic centers to make way for construction of the UWF football practice field and facility. It appears some long talked-about construction projects at the University of West Florida are finally seeing the light of day.

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The University of West Florida has been chosen to pioneer a unique collaboration between its chemistry and biology departments. Let’s start off with an important definition.

A phage is a virus that preys on and feeds off bacteria. They are found, among other places, in the soil. That brings us to a program called the Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science program. That name just screams for an acronym so we’ll call that the SEA-PHAGES program. And that brings us to UWF, which has been selected as one of this year’s participants.

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Most of us have heard the expression “It’s just like riding a bike, nothing to it.” But a lot goes into designing, manufacturing and, for some, racing bicycles.

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The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food drive is set for tomorrow (Saturday) and people are being asked to leave a bag of nonperishable food items by their mailbox so letter carriers can collect them.

People are being asked to leave nonperishable food items in bags at their mailboxes this Saturday. Pasta, Tuna, Peanut butter, canned meats, beans and other packaged foods are needed. Thursday morning in downtown Pensacola, a rally was held to kick off the event.

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Since 1889, 14 members of the Pensacola Police Force have died in the line of duty. Wednesday morning, the city took time to remember their service. Pensacola Chief of Police Chip Simmons stood in the shade outside Police Headquarters Wednesday morning addressing dozens of citizens, dignitaries and fellow officers and asked they would be willing to sacrifice for their fellow man. "You are looking at a wall with the names of men that did just that. They put their lives on the line for their community...for all of us. And it cost them dearly."

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When men and women in the military are away on deployment, they often leave behind friends and family who wait patiently for their safe return.

But what if those friends are four legged and furry? That’s where Dogs On Deployment comes in to help.  Allison Mercer is the Director of Marketing for Dogs on Deployment in the Pensacola region. She Spoke to WUWF's Bob Barrett about what the group does for military personnel and their pets.

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The Santa Rosa Island Authority is at a bit of a crossroads.

The authority, which provides many services and events on Pensacola Beach, has been funded over the years, for the most part, with the lease fees paid by homeowners on the island. However, those home owners are now also being charged ad valorem property taxes. Some have called paying both property taxes and lease fees a form of double-taxation.