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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Remembering April 16th
4:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

From Then to Now: An Exhibition in Two Parts

Seven years ago, after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, an outpouring of sympathy came to Blacksburg from around the world.

Much of it, in the form of objects:  candles, cards, letters, stuffed animals and works of art.  Archivists at the university have carefully cataloged and preserved these sacred objects, some of which will be on display for the first time this week.

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Remembering April 16th
3:06 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

From Then to Now: An Exhibition in Two Parts

Seven years ago, after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, an outpouring of sympathy came to Blacksburg from around the world.

Much of it, in the form of objects:  candles, cards, letters, stuffed animals and works of art.  Archivists at the university have carefully cataloged and preserved these sacred objects, some of which will be on display for the first time this week.

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Rolls Royce & Aerodynamics Research
4:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Jet Engines of the Future

  The jet engine company, Rolls Royce, is making good on its promise to open two, new, state of the art, aerodynamics research centers at Universities in the commonwealth.   Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia will be home to the new research and development facilities designing the next generation of aircraft engines for Rolls Royce.  It’s the culmination of an ongoing research relationship with the British company, which has its North American headquarters in Reston, Virginia. Rolls Royce has dozens of research centers like this around the world but just one in the U.S.

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Volunteers Needed
2:59 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Cocoa Power

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Well, scientists at Virginia Tech have new evidence that one particular ingredient in chocolate could give some people more reason to love it.

Ironic as this sounds at first, scientists at Virginia Tech say compounds in one of the ingredients in chocolate appears to help prevent diabetes and promote weight loss.  Sounds sweet, right?  Actually, it’s just the opposite says Andrew Neilson, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Technology

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Feature Reporting
2:10 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Wild Goose Church

Wild Goose Church, Floyd County

A new church in southwestern Virginia is looking to local culture to inspire its congregation. It celebrates the Appalachian spirit of community and practicality best demonstrated by potluck dinners and conversation, followed by music and dancing. The new church, called “Wild Goose,” opened earlier this year in a remote part of Floyd County. Robbie Harris prepared this report.

 

Edwin Lacey is part preacher, part musician.  That gave him an idea for this abandoned church in the mountains of Southwest Virginia.  

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