Carl Wernicke

Carl Wernicke is a native of Pensacola. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1975 with a degree in journalism. After 33 years as a reporter and editor, he retired from the Pensacola News Journal in April 2012; he spent the last 15 years at the PNJ as editor of the editorial page. He joined the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition on May 7, 2012 as Senior Writer and Communications Manager.

His hobbies include reading, gardening, hiking, enjoying the outdoors and wildlife around his home on Garcon Point and watching sports, especially the Florida Gators and New York Yankees. His wife, Patti, is a senior vice president at Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union.

Carl is a regular contributor to WUWF. His commentaries focus on life in and around the Pensacola area and range in subject matter from birding to downtown redevelopment and from preserving our natural heritage to life in local neighborhoods.

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5:27 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Our Clean Waterways Are Key To Our Prosperity

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   Driving in to work Wednesday I saw something I have seen before, but not often.  I don’t see it often because it’s not often that we have a cold snap hard enough to ice over the surface of local bayous.

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Commentary
4:42 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Carl Wernicke: Lost Live Oaks & Something More

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As the recent front-page article in the Pensacola News Journal shows, I’m not the only person taken aback by the surprise tree massacre at the I-10/Scenic Highway intersection.

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Commentary
5:20 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Carl Wernicke: When Natural Florida Calls, Pick Up Your iPhone?

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Given that I’m known for going off on rants about the perceived evils of technology, fairness compels me to also note how sometimes technology can enhance even the experience of the natural world.

This past Saturday brought us a classic fall Northwest Florida day. The decidedly low-tech mechanical barometer on the dining room wall, and the old-fashioned liquid-filled thermometer on the porch told the story: high pressure, low humidity, temperatures in the upper 40s and rising under a crystal-clear and limitless blue sky. Gentle sunshine bathed the landscape.

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Commentary
12:05 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

LISTEN: Carl Wernicke Reflects on JFK'S Assassination, "They cheered and applauded."

Carl Wernicke
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History informs us in useful ways if we're willing to listen to it. And one of its main values lies in how it puts in perspective what we are experiencing in current events.

Hearing the reflections this week from so many people about the assassination of John F. Kennedy naturally reminded me of my own memories of the event. It also brought perspective on the bitterness of our current politics.

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