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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Science & Technology
2:26 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Internet at Lightning Speed in Blacksburg

Blacksburg aims to become one of the few places in the country with lightening fast Internet and Wi-Fi for businesses and local residents.

It’s considered the next level of Internet technology, up to a gigabit of capacity to send information from a computer via a high speed fiber connection. What does a gigabit of capacity mean? Bob Summers, founder of Techpad, a shared workspace in downtown Blacksburg, explains.

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The Marshall Plan
4:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Digitizing History

George C. Marshall

Sixty-five years ago, ‘The Marshall Plan’ for reviving Europe’s economy after World War II, changed the course of history. As Secretary of State after the war, General George Marshall conceived the plan in the wake of the devastation of World War Two. The plan resides here in Virginia and is still studied by leaders and scholars from all over the world.

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Virginia Tech Storm Chasers
6:13 am
Wed May 22, 2013

The Mystery of Tornados and the Search for Answers

Hokie Storm Chasers

Large killer tornados, like that which hit Moore Oklahoma on Monday, bring the awe inspiring weather phenomena to the fore of conversation.

The United States has about 12-hundred tornados a year, more than any other place on the planet, and scientists have defined conditions like “horizontal vortices”, “mesocyclones” and wall clouds. Yet, while the signs and symptoms of the storms are better understood, the exact cause remains elusive.

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Alpha Natural Resources Annual Meeting
3:22 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Coalfields Expressway

People who oppose the proposed “coal fields expressway” are staging a protest in Abingdon Virginia, where coal company, Alpha Natural Resources is holding its annual meeting Wednesday, May 22.

The protestors say they’ll call attention to the company’s role in what’s known as the Coalfields Expressway.  A proposed 50 mile road, supporters say will improve transportation in far southwest Virginia and help the local economy.

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A Photography Project & Exhibit
7:42 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Virginia Tech Helps Japan Document a Tragedy

Japan Tsunami Photography Exhibit

In the wake of great tragedy, great beauty has been known to emerge.

A photography project by people living in temporary housing in a Japanese coastal town devastated by the Tsunami two years ago, offers a record of rebuilding and recovery for the photographers.

The exhibit is called, “We Are All Photographers," a title echoing the phrase, “We are all Hokies”  heard around the world after the Virginia Tech tragedy.

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