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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Just the words milk and cookies conjure up delicious childhood memories, but if you’re old enough to remember when milk was delivered directly to your door you may have noticed that the milk you drink today doesn’t taste as good as it used to. Scientists at Virginia Tech have found out why.

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If anyone ever doubted that Bob Dylan is a poet of the great American song tradition, the Nobel Prize Committee has confirmed it. The bard will be in concert at the Berglund Center in Roanoke Saturday night.  

Two people are dead following a workplace shooting in Roanoke this morning.

Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones says the shooter died in apparent suicide, and one employee of FreightCar America was killed.  Three others were injured.

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Recent remarks by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump have certainly gotten attention.  But some say getting these issues on the public agenda is a good thing. 

It’s been said music is the language of the heart, something able to break down barriers between people with different politics, cultures or beliefs. WVTF/Radio IQ’s Robbie Harris visited a rehearsal of a unique ensemble learning to play Arabic music, in Blacksburg. It will debut at the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech later this month.

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