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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Residents & Natural Gas Companies
8:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Meeting on Proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

Representatives from two Natural Gas Companies will answer citizens’ questions and hear their concerns about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, Wednesday, November 5th in Blacksburg.

This comes as communities around Virginia await action by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to decide if the review processes can move forward. 

Like other communities in the path of three different natural gas pipelines that would crisscross Virginia, some Montgomery County Citizens are mobilizing to fight them.

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Apple Cider Rules
6:25 am
Tue November 4, 2014

VA Apple Cider Makers are Getting Serious About Their Craft

There’s a new appreciation for well known fruit and Virginia is leading the way.  Heirloom apples, coveted for their nuanced flavor, are in demand for making hard cider.  And if a recent tasting is any indication, that demand will surely grow. 

Megan McGuire: So this one is called, “Serious Cider.”  We compare it to like a brewed Champagne.

Megan McGuire is pouring 5 different varieties of hard apple cider made here at Foggy Ridge Cidery .

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Virginia 21
2:21 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Get Out The Vote

VA21 Members

In a mid term election, the goal is to ‘get out the vote.’
 

When it comes to voting behavior, the older you are, the more likely you are to cast a ballot. In 2012, fewer than half of voters age eighteen to twenty-nine voted.  And the turn-out increased with age.  Almost three quarters of people 65 years and older made it to the polls.

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Moonshine
7:18 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Giving New Life to an Old Spirit: Floyd's First Legal Micro-Distillery

Moonshine is coming out of the shadows in Floyd, Virginia.  The homemade whisky was and still is illegal.  Nonetheless, moonshine has a long history in this area; before, after and during prohibition in the 1930s. The first legal micro-distillery will soon open in Floyd, giving new life to an old spirit.  

"This comes from our heritage so it fits for us make Floyd County moonshine which Floyd county has been famous for, for a long, long time."

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Tonight at Virginia Tech
6:25 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Alien Invasion: An Event, a Controversy and an Opportunity for Important Dialogue

The flyer used to promote the event is raising eyebrows and causing concern.

A woman, who served as Treasurer of the United States under President Ronald Reagan, will speak at Virginia Tech tonight on the topic of illegal immigration.  A flyer promoting the event has sparked controversy over the language it uses.  

Bay Buchanan was the youngest ever treasurer of the United States, at 32 serving from 1981 to 1983.  Fliers have gone up on the campus of Virginia Tech promoting her talk.  The flyers caught the eye of several students, including Juan De La Rosa Diaz, a freshman studying political science and Spanish.

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