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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Environment
4:48 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Tracking Mountaintop Removal Mining

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Even though mountain top removal mining has been on the decline since 2008, the effects on people living in coal mined areas, is not.  A new tool tracks the impact on communities over time and shows where it’s been greatest.

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"When Elephants Fight, the Grass Gets Trampled."
4:00 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Training Faculty for the World's Newest Country

A South Sudanese girl at independence festivities
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In South Sudan, there’s a saying:  When Elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.  More than fifty years of war has kept the young nation from finding its own footing.  But an effort by Virginia Tech aims to plant seeds of change there.

South Sudan won independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011.  Much more than the grass was trampled and aid groups came in to help rebuild the region. But lasting change depends on the ability of local people to solve local problems and that means training teachers.  

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Game Weekends
7:03 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Football Bump Boosts NRV Economy

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In Blacksburg, Virginia the words, “game day” mean two things: Hokie football and traffic.  But a new economic impact study says that traffic brings 69-million dollars a year to the region. 

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Arts & Culture
10:59 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Keepers of the Tradition: Portraits of Contemporary Appalachians

A new book highlights a dozen people in southwestern Virginia who are all doing the same thing, but in different ways: they’re keeping Appalachian traditions alive. 

The book is called Keepers of the Tradition, Portraits of Contemporary Appalachians. The dozen portraits it contains are literal and figurative; portrait artist Leslie Roberts Gregg painted them and writer, Michael Abraham wrote them

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Virginia Tech Tragedy
3:31 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

The Story of the Stuff

After the tragedy at Virginia Tech eight years ago today, people all over the world sent messages of sympathy: handmade cards, letters, mementos and more.  A new web documentary explores this modern mourning ritual, that’s becoming part of our culture. It’s called, “The Story of the Stuff.” 

Ashley Maynor was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech. Now a filmmaker and digital librarian at the University of Tennessee, she was on campus in Blacksburg when the sympathy cards and gifts – more than 90 thousands packages from 80 countries, started coming in.

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