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.

AP Photo/Ralph Wilson

Opponents to natural gas pipelines in Virginia are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to do a comprehensive review of all four of the proposed projects. 

Thirty organizations in Virginia are calling on FERC to take a bird’s eye view of the natural gas infrastructure to determine if 4 new pipelines, currently in the planning stages, are really necessary. The pipelines would bring fracked natural gas from West Virginia through Virginia into North Carolina. Opponents say they are a threat to the region’s water, scenic beauty and public safety.

The decline of the coal industry is poised to have a big impact for decades to come. In regions where it once dominated local economies, for many, things will never be quite the same.  But with great change also comes opportunity. 

Bug Appetit

Oct 15, 2015

The fourth annual “Bug fest” is Saturday, 10/17 at Virginia Tech. It’s not an ‘infestation’… It’s a chance for the entomology department to celebrate insects of all kinds..  But this year, Bug FEST could turn into a ‘bug’ FEAST, and the public is invited .

“I’m going to make two recipes.  I’m going to make teriyaki grass hoppers.  I’m also going to make a deep fried Tarantula spider…

It was 25 years ago this month that the former East Germany and West Germany became one country.  It was something most people thought would never happen: Until it did.  

And a formerly communist country dissolved its government and joined the democracy next door.

This month, a series of lectures, exhibits and East German Films at Virginia Tech will explore one of the most astounding political shifts in history. 

The movie, “Big Stone Gap” opens in 250 theaters across the country today.  And for its writer and director, it’s a very personal project. Adriana Trigiani grew up in that southwestern Virginia town and she was determined to make this film there.