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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Barricades Cleared from Protest Site
4:31 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

VT Professor Offers Inside Look At Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Credit Pasu Au Yeung, Creative Commons

As authorities in Hong Kong continue removing student occupiers from ‘protest camps,’ a Virginia Tech Professor remembers her experience teaching at Hong Kong University.

Sara Jordan, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech's  Center for Public Administration & Policy, discusses the city’s fascinating transition after its 1997 return to China by the British.

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Indoor Greenhouse Venture
2:15 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Red Sun Farms Means Business in the NRV

It’s harvest time for tomatoes in the New River Valley. That’s not as strange as it sounds because these tomatoes are growing inside a huge greenhouse in the New River Valley.

The new venture promises to bring jobs --and more locally grown tomatoes to the region. 

 

You may have already seen tomatoes from Red Sun Farms in supermarkets. The parent company in Mexico has hundreds of acres of greenhouses there and in Canada, but this is the first time they’ll grow the fruit here. And by here, we mean Dublin Virginia.

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Survey May Lead To Solutions
3:59 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Volunteer Researchers Work to Prevent Bird Collisions

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The sickening thud of a bird hitting a window is something most people have heard.  It may seem like an isolated incident, unless people take a closer look.

A group of volunteers at Virginia Tech has done just that.  The results are in on a survey we told you about one year ago, when they began tracking bird –window collisions at the Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg.

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Writer Christopher Linforth
1:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Around the World in 12 Short Stories

“When You Find Us, We Will Be Gone,” is the title of a new collection of short stories by Christopher Linforth.   The title is also an example of the kind of paradox Linforth likes to explore in his writing. 

The twelve stories in this slim volume take the reader all over the world, from the American Midwest of the 1950s, and Germany in the 40s, to modern day Japan and Eastern Europe.

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Role of the Media
5:04 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Crime Is Down, Fear Is Up

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Violent crime has been dropping for decades, but you wouldn’t know it to judge from what some call ‘the culture of fear’ that surrounds us.  Virginia's crime rate has shown the same decline and remains lower than the national average.  So why is fear on the rise? 

Even though statistics show you’re far more likely to be the victim of an accident than a crime, especially a violent crime, perception of the pervasiveness of crime is on the rise.

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