Gene Demby is the lead blogger for NPR's Code Switch team.

Before coming to NPR, he served as the managing editor for Huffington Post's BlackVoices following its launch. He later covered politics.

Prior to that role he spent six years in various positions at The New York Times. While working for the Times in 2007, he started a blog about race, culture, politics and media called PostBourgie, which won the 2009 Black Weblog Award for Best News/Politics Site.

Demby is an avid runner, mainly because he wants to stay alive long enough to finally see the Sixers and Eagles win championships in their respective sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @GeeDee215.

Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council
3:24 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

TechNite

In Hollywood there’s the ‘Oscars.’   In Nashville, the Country Music Awards.  In the New River and RoanokeValleys, it’s the “Tech” Awards. 

Every year, the Roanoke- Blacksburg Technology council honors its stars. 

This Thursday (5/16/13) evening, 600 people will gather at the Hotel Roanoke for an awards ceremony and party announcing the  winners of the Roanoke/ Blacksburg Technology Council’s Tech Nite Awards.

For a list of TechNite nominees, visit  thetechnologycouncil.com

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Climate Change & Politics
3:02 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Scientist Makes Political Endorsement

Scientists don’t often get involved in political campaigns, but in Virginia one of the nation’s leading men of science has stepped up to endorse a candidate for attorney general.

Three years ago, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli demanded to see all of the e-mails and documents written by Professor Michael Mann during his years at the University of Virginia.  Mann and his colleagues had created a graphic showing how quickly the Earth was warming.  It looked like a hockey stick set on its side. 

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Sexual Harrassment
11:22 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Lawmakers Weigh In On Military Red Flags

Virginia lawmakers say they’re united in their attempts to combat sexual harassment in the military.

The U-S military has rapidly evolved in recent years. Gays and lesbians can now serve openly. And women can now officially do what they've been doing unofficially for years: join men on the battlefield.

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On the next “Virginia Conversations” May 24 on WVTF and RADIO IQ, a discussion of the race for Governor between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.  Our political pundits - political scientist Harry Wilson of Roanoke College, Chelyen Davis of the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star and Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times Dispatch weigh in on the issues facing… and dogging, the two candidates. Plus we’ll have reaction to last weekend’s GOP convention in Richmond. 

We'll be taking your comments and questions during the program on our listener line 866-611-6397.

Meet the Candidates Part 5
3:03 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

The Run for Lieutenant Governor: Susan Stimpson

Susan Stimpson

More than 13,000 Republicans are preparing to gather in Richmond for their state nominating convention that begins on Friday. 

They will choose their nominees for Lieutenant Governor and
Attorney General—and given the large field, many say it’s been challenging to select only one for each office. 

In the last installment of our election series on the statewide candidates, we meet the final contender, Susan Stimpson—who is one of two women vying for Lieutenant Governor.


 

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Science & Technology
2:05 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

New Approach to Stopping Superbugs

The race to stay ahead of drug resistant ‘super bugs’ threatens to be a losing battle.  But a Blacksburg company is working on an innovative solution to the problem. 

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Meet the Candidates Part 4
11:16 am
Mon May 13, 2013

The Run for Lieutenant Governor: Ralph Northam & Aneesh Chopra

Ralph Northam (left), Aneesh Chopra (right)

We round out our election series on the statewide candidates, focusing on the two Democrats running for Lieutenant Governor in the June 11th primary. 

State Senator Ralph Northam and former Obama Administration Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra have distinct backgrounds. 

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Virginia Public Access Project
11:06 am
Mon May 13, 2013

VaNews for 05.13.13

One of Virginia’s worst political scandals  is back in the headlines while a statewide political race that usually gets little attention will be in the spotlight this year.

Those stories have been among the the most read this past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews at VPAP.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

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Rebecca Plevin is a reporter for Valley Public Radio. Before joining the station, she was the community health reporter for Vida en el Valle, the McClatchy Company's bilingual newspaper in California's San Joaquin Valley. She earned the George F. Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism and the McClatchy President's Award for her work at Vida, as well as honors from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Plevin grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is also a fluent Spanish speaker, a certified yoga teacher, and an avid rock-climber.

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