Robbie Harris

WVTF/RADIO IQ New River Valley Bureau Chief

Robbie Harris is based in Blacksburg,  covering the New River Valley and southwestern Virginia. 

The former news director of  WBEZ/ Chicago Public Radio and WHYY in Philadelphia, she led award-winning news teams and creative projects.  Early in her career, she was the Humanities Reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio, and also served as a tape editor on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Robbie worked at New Jersey Public Television and WCAU/CBS TV in Philadelphia while she pursued  her Master's Degree at the University of Pennsylvania.  During college, she was a Page at Saturday Night Live in New York and a reporter and program host for Cross Country Cable Television in Somerville, NJ.  Robbie also worked at the Rutgers College Radio Station, WRSU and was part of the team which founded "Knight Time Television" at the university.

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Food For All & Food For Thought
7:34 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Big Hearts and Food A-Plenty! In Floyd

It’s estimated that one in seven people in this country go hungry, but in Floyd County Virginia, there’s “Plenty” to go around.  

In the U.S., many go hungry, even as food is wasted every day.   That’s what led a group of people in Floyd to create Plenty! – an organization that tries to smooth out the curve between too much and not enough.  They first got the idea 5 years ago, when McCabe Coolidge’s partner, Karen Day, had a bunch of left over beet greens.

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Moving Forward on Sexual Assault Policies
8:07 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Rolling Stone's UVA Piece: A Teachable Moment for Educators

Credit Rolling Stone Graphic

The story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia has raised a lot of issues.  One is what educators call, ‘a teachable moment.’ 

Katrina Powell is Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech and Associate Professor of English.

"We’ve been teaching these issues and talking about these issues with students for a long time. In fact, women’s and gender studies as a field was founded in part to try to raise awareness of these kinds of issues."

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Night Shift as Health Hazard?
3:56 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Virginia Tech Researchers Study Sleep Cycles & Cancer

Credit Photo: Matthew Faltz, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

There’s more proof that working night shifts can be harmful to your health.  A new study identifies a molecule that affects a tumor suppressor gene when normal sleep cycles are disrupted over a long period of time. 

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From England to Virginia
11:16 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Musical Connections

Amanda Boyd
Credit Musicians' Union, UK

This past September, British Folksong Archivist, Amanda Boyd, brought her show highlighting the musical connection between Southwest England and Southwest Virginia here for a special series of programs. 

After her performance at the Lincoln Theater in Marion, Virginia, she traveled around the region for two weeks. She retraced the steps of early twentieth century British Folklorist, Cecil Sharp, collected slightly different versions of the same folk songs, from people in Virginia and in Britain.

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Music
5:16 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

The Universe of Music Connected.. Over the Internet

One of tenets of Buddhism is: ‘We’re all connected.’ A live concert this Friday night at Virginia Tech will celebrate that idea. Faculty from The School of Performing Arts will perform with Musicians in California, New York and Mexico. They’ll all be connected via the Internet and the public is invited.

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