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
4:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Jason Barnette

A novel set in southwestern Virginia was enormously popular when it came out – in 1908.  “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” is the story of a young engineer who goes to that mountain region to develop its underground resources.  He finds himself in the middle of a blood feud between two powerful local clans ---and falls deeply in love with one of their daughters.  

The novel, based on true events, has been made into a move three times. The 1936 version starred Henry Fonda and Fred McMurray.  

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Big Stone Gap
4:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

End of An Era: Mutual Drug Closing

It’s the end of the line for the last privately owned drug store –slash- cafeteria in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. “Mutual Pharmacy” was immortalized in the novel, “Home to Big Stone Gap” as the beating heart of a fictional mountain community in southwestern Virginia.

People are flocking in to say their goodbyes on the last day before Mutual Pharmacy and Cafeteria closes its doors for good after 60 years in downtown Big Stone Gap.  The CVS drug store chain bought the business but not this building, which for now, will add to the growing number of vacant shops here.

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Science & Technology
4:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Bugbook Historical Computer Museum

One of Apple's first computers became the highest priced item ever sold in a Christie's online-only auction this month.  The Apple “I” from the batch made in Steve Jobs’ famous garage, went for nearly $400,000.

Dave Larsen has an 800 foot  storefront in downtown Floyd where he displays only a tiny fraction of his collection of historic computers.  He says it’s one particular period that captivates most collectors; 1971 to 1981 when the first personal computers were being developed. 

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When Seconds Count
4:55 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Reducing Hospital Errors

It’s estimated that more than 100,000 people a year die as a result of hospital errors. 

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Business & Industry
5:05 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Growing Virginia's Wine Industry

Credit Chateau Morrisette

Virginia may not be the first place that comes to mind as a winemaking region.  But it is, in fact, the sixth largest wine producer in the country. Vintners here would like to see even more growth in the field. 
 

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