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.

Nicholas Boullosa,

Interest in the whole ‘farm to table’ movement is growing.  But one aspect of it continues to be controversial in Virginia; direct farm sales of raw, unpasteurized milk.  Some say it should be a personal choice. And others warn, it’s a question of public safety. 

At the farmer’s market in Blacksburg, customers come early for their raw milk so they can get it before it’s gone. Steve Moll, a builder in town is here almost every week.

“Yeah, It’s just so good. It really has flavor and it has cream.  Real cream. I make butter out of it.”

(AP Photo/Bradley Leeb, File)

We’ve heard a lot about the problem of concussions in ‘pro’ and college football. But most football players in the U.S. are kids… 3 million of them play ‘Pop Warner’ youth football every year.

No one has examined the effect all those hits to the head have on them until now. Scientists at Virginia Tech are leading a team tracking the impact of this favorite contact sport on its youngest players.

It’s after dark at the practice field at the Blacksburg recreation center where 9 and 10 year old boys are running football drills under the lights.

 It’s an adage of American voting behavior that, the older you are… the more likely you are to vote.  Student activists in Virginia are trying to change that, but it isn’t easy. 

Julia Billingsly, is Director of Virginia 21 at Virginia Tech, a non-profit, non-partisan group active at all 13 public, 4-year colleges in Virginia.

For months, she’s been asking everyone on campus, who will listen.  And she kept at it until the very last day before the deadline to register, the very last hours in fact, she was in the Squires Student Center.

Virginia Tech

Spiders get their ‘fifteen minutes of fame’ every Halloween as one of the scary symbols of the holiday, but there’s nothing to be frightened of in this report. 

When military veterans return, it can be challenging to get back in step with civilian society.  A conference in Roanoke will explore the issues they face, with days of presentations, performances and discussions.  The third annual Veterans and Society Conference will take place over three days around Veterans Day -- and the public is invited.