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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Environment
4:25 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Stadium Woods Stewardship

A plan is in the works for the future of an old growth forest on the Virginia Tech Campus known as Stadium Woods.  Advocates are pleased, but remain concerned about exactly what that plan will look like.

The 300 year old remnant of a white Oak forest, today known as Stadium Woods, is sandwiched between Lane Stadium and other campus buildings and this has seemed to pit two passions against each other; the enthusiasm for sports and the high traffic that goes with it -- and the fervor to preserve what may be the only forest of its kind in the country, albeit a tiny one.

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Common Substance Found in Plants
4:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

VT Researchers Devise System to Clean Japanese Power Plant

Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
Credit www.wikipedia.org

Scientists may have discovered a way to clean up radioactive waste at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant.  A common substance found in plant cell walls may be part of the solution.

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Author Interview
2:36 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Fictionalized Politics Close to Home

A Blacksburg writer is out with a new novel of political intrigue set very close to home. Like many of his previous books, Michael Abraham’s latest gets its title from an actual town. This one is called “Orange,  Virginia.” 

Michael Abraham writes fiction, non-fiction and political essays.  This time the Blacksburg native has done a combination of all three.

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IT at VT
9:25 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Keeping Hackers Out

Flickr user Onlin Branding
Credit https://www.flickr.com/help/general/#147

Recent hacking incidents have put Cyber Security on the agenda.  The President will talk about it in his State of the Union Address next week.  So what can you do to promote cyber safety? 

Be unique.  Be secure.  Change your password.  Those and other warnings are plastered on the walls at the Information Technology Office at Virginia Tech. Experts say the biggest challenge is that things change so quickly in cyber space.  But one thing is clear, words like safety and ‘security’ now apply to the virtual world as much as, the physical world.

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One Year Later
4:18 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

The Smell Threshold of a Chemical Spill

Operation Elk River Spill
Credit West Virginia National Guard Public Affairs

One year ago a chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River shut down the Charleston area water system for weeks. Scientists are still studying what happened in one of the largest municipal water emergencies in the country… as legal action on the case gets underway.

On the day of the chemical spill, the first clue Charleston area residents had that there was a problem with their water was the smell.  They reported the water smelled something like licorice.

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