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.

A small army of water rights advocates is holding a summit on water justice in Blacksburg June 1st and 2nd. They're looking to share skills and bring people together around what they call 'the human right that is water.' 

(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Most people have heard about blockchain technology.

It's the basis for cryptocurrencies. It came on the scene a decade ago, when the great recession, demonstrated the dangers that lurk in the financial world.

The blockchain promises a new kind of transparency and security for transactions of all kinds.  Some say it might revolutionize not only the financial world, but society as well.

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With the Mountain Valley Pipeline under construction in southwestern Virginia, reports of problems and violations are coming in.

One family worries a spring near their water supply has been breached.

(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Blockchain technology could become the next great communications platform. It promises to provide both transparency and security to transactions of all kinds. And Blacksburg, Virginia is poised to become a center for its development.

Journalists are used to reporting on tragedies of all kinds.  But the story of a 5-year-old Pulaski boy, who died after falling into a septic tank 3 years ago, has stayed with two Roanoke Times Reporters. Now they just released a podcast series that explores the nuances and backstories of the sad saga that are not always visible in black and white.  It's called SEPTIC.