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.


Scientists have discovered a particle, created when coal is burned, that had never before been identified as part of that process. Preliminary studies show it is toxic to some fish. And there’s concern it could also be dangerous to humans.

Idea Scale

Immediately after the nationalist rally in Charlottesville that turned violent, amateur sleuths went online to help identify participants.  Sometimes, though, the crowd gets it wrong.  A new project by computer scientists at Virginia Tech aims at separating truth from fiction in a time when misinformation is rampant.

Associated Press

A lot has changed since the last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the U.S.  One swept across the whole country, as next Monday’s will, in 1918. The only other one in that century was visible in just some parts of the country. That was in 1979.  Back then, all that most people could do, was watch in awe. But this time, it’s different.         

The Coalition for Justice in Blacksburg held a vigil against hate yesterday in solidarity with counter protesters in Charlottesville. 

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is holding public hearings on the potential effects on water resources by the proposed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline.  Director David Paylor agreed to hold two additional informal hearings in communities along its route, to give people a chance to ask questions and get answers.