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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Part 1 of 2
3:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Using Nature to Nurture a Depressed Economy

Credit Clinch River Valley Initiative

These days so much of the country seems just like everywhere else, the same national chains, same urban sprawl.  And while there are still some authentic regions left, mostly, they’re far from –well – everywhere.
 

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E-Cigarette Dangers
4:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Nicotine Not As Safe As Once Thought

The recent trend toward e-cigarettes as a way to avoid the dangers of smoking may not be as safe as previously thought.  Scientists at Virginia Tech now say nicotine; even in non-smoke-able forms can,  cause cancer.

There’s now an entire industry based on smoking cessation aids, such as nicotine gums, lozenges and the newest delivery devices, e- cigarettes.  But according to Geneticist, Skip Garner, nicotine itself, once thought to be merely addictive is also carcinogenic.

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4th Annual Event
3:34 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Floyd Artisan Trail Tour

Part of the beauty of finely crafted objects is seeing where they’re made and meeting the people who make them. More than fifty artisans, galleries, farms and shops, all over Floyd County will open their doors, give demonstrations, and discuss their work this weekend.  It’s the fourth Annual Floyd Artisan Trail Tour and you’re invited.

Pat Sharkey is coordinating this weekend’s Floyd Artisan Trail, a self tour of the area that highlights what’s so captivating about this rural mecca for music, art, and personality.  

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Part 2 of 2
4:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Looking for Extractable Rare Earths in Virginia

The elements known as ‘rare earths,’ are a relatively new addition to the periodic table. And they have changed the world, ushering in the new age of technology because of their unique properties. They allow us to make smaller and more efficient devices; everything from smart phones to wind turbines.

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Part 1 of 2
1:44 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Searching for Rare Earth Minerals

Bastnasite

Metals known as ‘rare earth elements” are in growing demand worldwide.  They’re vital for many of the high tech devices we all use.  China has been the major source for rare earth minerals, but recently cut its exports. This has geologists in the U.S. searching for domestic deposits. 
 

 

If the term ‘rare earths’ is not familiar to you, the high tech devices that depend on them are. From the ear buds for your cell phone, to advanced medical devices like MRIs, and new technologies such as wind turbines, magnetic refrigeration and electric cars

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