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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Arts & Culture
4:33 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Islamic Worlds Festival: "Wearing My Religion"

Sana Rauf

Whatever your thoughts on fashion, it seems clear that what a woman wears can speak volumes about her, before she ever utters a word. 

In part three of our series on the upcoming Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, we explore the message of the hijab: the headscarf worn by Muslim women here and all over the world.

“From what I see as someone that wears a headscarf is, I walk with my religion on my head. So it is a little bit harder.”

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Economics & Economy
7:52 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Floyd's Own "Shark Tank"

Maybe you’ve seen that television show Shark Tank?  …Where would-be entrepreneurs pitch their ideas for new businesses? Well, Floyd County is doing something sort of like that as a way to spark economic development there.  

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Virginia Tech Center for the Arts
5:13 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Islamic Worlds Festival: Breaking Boundaries Through the Arts

The arts have a unique ability to embrace complexity; to hold a variety of ideas at once. They can foster exploration not always possible through other routes. That’s the idea behind the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, which opens next month. 

"There’s such a cultural clinging to tradition that is both admirable and sometimes problematic, but that’s in every culture; if you hold too strongly to tradition."

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Solar Investment Tax Credit
4:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Solar Market Growing in VA

Credit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

If you think you’ve been seeing more solar panels on houses around Virginia, you’re right. Residential rooftop solar here grew at the same rate as the national average in 2014.

Solar electric power accounted for almost a third of the nation’s new energy generating capacity last year.  More than wind and coal for the second year in a row, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association. SEIA says residential continues to be the fastest growing market segment for solar in the U.S.

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Preserve Giles County
6:05 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Anti-Pipeline Group Hosts Info Session, Fundraiser

The debate continues over the Mountain Valley Pipeline slated to run through parts of southwestern Virginia, carrying natural gas.  Some say it will be a benefit to the region and others disagree. 

This Sunday, the anti-pipeline group, Preserve Giles is holding an informational session at Newport Recreation Center. It’s part instructional and part fundraiser for the organization.

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