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.

The Paris Climate Agreement, aimed at keeping global temperatures from rising more than 2% by 2020, has been signed by 195 nations. But when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement last year, it left some people feeling powerless.  So they decided to take matters into their own hands.   

The National Institutes of Health is asking scientists at Virginia Tech to take a new look at a highly invasive form of brain cancer. They’ll study a relatively unexplored aspect of cancer progression in hopes of improving current standards of care, and ultimately, finding a cure.

When an old growth forest in Blacksburg was spared the chopping block in 2012, environmentalists cheered. But Friends of Stadium Woods, say that was not the end of it. Even though Virginia Tech agreed to change the location of a new athletic practice field, sparing the woods, they say they’re still not ‘out of the woods’ when it comes to the future of that rare and precious forest.

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They call Chicago ‘The City of Big Shoulders', but the State of the Virginia is becoming a state of ‘long shoulders.' Scientists are finding that our seasons of spring and fall, also known as the ‘shoulder seasons,’ are getting longer.

Political participation in Virginia has taken a leap in the past year.  Whatever your persuasion, there’s no lack of opportunity to dialogue and debate the issues – and a lot of people say, ‘that’s a good thing.’ But a town hall meeting planned for February 22nd to discuss the political issues of the day is shaping up to be a standoff between its organizers and its congressional representative.