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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Roots Music
7:15 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Outsider Artists: Musicians Explore Their Roots at Radford University

Credit http://www.radford.edu/content/radfordcore/home/news/calendar.html/a_night_of_roots_mus/66197E47-7DD5-467A-96E3-61604CEFC362

There’s a sound some musicians have that comes from deep inside, but falls outside formal artistic boundaries.  They do their own thing, their own way. They do their own thing, their own way. They’re known as “Outsider Artists,” and their work can be challenging, disturbing and fascinating.   

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Ongoing Pipeline Debates
8:27 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Pro-Pipeliners and Pipeline Protesters: Virginians are Pipeline Polarized

Plans for three new natural gas pipelines to run through southwest Virginia have sparked much discussion since they were announced. The companies behind them have held open houses to educate communities. Numerous protest groups have been formed to oppose them, and forums held, to examine arguments on both sides.  The possibility of the pipelines is not only spurring discussion, it’s also reawakening the spirit of protest movements that have come before.

“No to fracking Pipe line, no to fracking period and no to politicians who support either one!"

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Arts & Culture
4:33 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Islamic Worlds Festival: "Wearing My Religion"

Sana Rauf

Whatever your thoughts on fashion, it seems clear that what a woman wears can speak volumes about her, before she ever utters a word. 

In part three of our series on the upcoming Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, we explore the message of the hijab: the headscarf worn by Muslim women here and all over the world.

“From what I see as someone that wears a headscarf is, I walk with my religion on my head. So it is a little bit harder.”

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Economics & Economy
7:52 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Floyd's Own "Shark Tank"

Maybe you’ve seen that television show Shark Tank?  …Where would-be entrepreneurs pitch their ideas for new businesses? Well, Floyd County is doing something sort of like that as a way to spark economic development there.  

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Virginia Tech Center for the Arts
5:13 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Islamic Worlds Festival: Breaking Boundaries Through the Arts

The arts have a unique ability to embrace complexity; to hold a variety of ideas at once. They can foster exploration not always possible through other routes. That’s the idea behind the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, which opens next month. 

"There’s such a cultural clinging to tradition that is both admirable and sometimes problematic, but that’s in every culture; if you hold too strongly to tradition."

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