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.


12:27 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Before the First Frost....

Colocasia Black Coral

It’s that time of year when a gardener’s thoughts turn to the coming frost. In most of Virginia, that’s sometime around mid-October. Many can't resist trying to preserve some tender plants for next spring.

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11:48 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Balloon Release Dangers

Releasing clusters of balloons into the sky has become a common way to mark a special occasion or call attention to an issue, but the balloons are creating an issue of their own. 

You’ve seen them floating in the sky; those small helium balloons wafting for miles on the breeze, but where the balloons end up afterwards, is causing problems.

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Arts & Culture
5:53 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Highlander Festival Celebrates Celtic History & Culture


The mountains regions of South Western Virginia were settled by a large number of Scottish, English and Irish people.  Today, their stories and songs can still be heard -in the mountains and ridges of this area - and at this weekend’s 18th annual Radford Highlanders Festival. The festival not only celebrates ancient traditions, but also offers evidence that Celtic Culture is alive and well in American society and continues to evolve today.

Admission to the The Radford Highlanders Festival is free.  It’s a joint project of Radford University and the City of Radford.  

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2:30 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Butterflies: Natives and Newcomers

One of the many signs that autumn is upon us is the annual migration of the Monarch butterfly.

This is the time of year when Monarch Butterflies make their improbable journey from as far north as Canada to the mountains of Mexico. In abundant years, it can look like an orange and black conga line in the sky, as the insects flutter by overhead.

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Two Wheel Travel
3:30 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Take the Bike

Virginia is known for scenic roadways, but when it comes to alternative modes of transportation, such as commuting by bicycle, it ranks near the bottom nationwide.

Class change at Virginia Tech transforms the bucolic campus into something that looks more like a busy urban center with buses, cars and pedestrians all trying to get by.

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