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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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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Education
10:39 am
Wed May 15, 2013

VT President Will Step Down

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger
Credit Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger will step down from the post he has held since 2000, once his successor begins work sometime next fall. 

A search will begin immediately.

Steger has spent his entire career at the school, from undergrad to graduate degrees, becoming Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at age 33.

Under his tenure, Virginia Tech added forty major new buildings; among them, the soon to open Center for the Arts. 

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Science & Technology
2:05 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

New Approach to Stopping Superbugs

The race to stay ahead of drug resistant ‘super bugs’ threatens to be a losing battle.  But a Blacksburg company is working on an innovative solution to the problem. 

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All that noise for want of a mate
10:29 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Largest Brood of Cicadas in Virginia is Rising Up

Cicadas infest spring irises.
Credit Virginia Tech

After a long silence, one of the largest broods of Cicadas in Virginia is coming back. Brood 2 has been

slowly growing under ground for the past seventeen years and for people who are anywhere near them, it might get loud. Robbie Harris has more.

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Big Brain Theory
5:37 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Pure Genius

Discovery Channel

Who will become America’s next great innovator?  That’s the question the Discovery Channel is hoping to answer with a new reality show called, “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius.” A grad student from Virginia Tech is one of ten people chosen after they sent video applications to the producers.

Amy Elliot, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech is one of two women selected from thousands of applicants around the country. The Discovery Channel’s new reality TV show combines the drama of competition with the world of science, technology and engineering.

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