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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Public Comments Welcome on Proposed Regulations
5:18 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Fox Hound Training Preserves

The public comment period is now open on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ proposed new regulations for Fox Hound training preserves.  

Fox Hunting has a long history in Virginia, but in the 1980s increased land development limited where hunters could train their dogs in the skill of the chase. 

That's when what are known as Fox Hound Training Preserves were created; privately owned enclosures where the dogs could practice.  Today there are 37 preserves in 22 counties, ranging from 100 acres to around 800, mostly in southeastern Virginia.

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Arts & Culture
2:02 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

NRV Cellist Heads to London's Royal Academy of Music

It’s said the cello is the instrument which sounds most like the human voice.  That may be why it resonates for some, like no other.

A young woman from Giles County is one of only six people outside Great Britain to have been accepted at the Royal College of Music in London to study cello next year.

Miriam Liske-Doorandish has been playing the instrument virtually all her life.  Her mother is Lisa Liske-Doorandish, the former principal cellist in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. She still runs a studio, gives lessons and still plays for Opera Roanoke.

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VT College of Architecture & Urban Studies
3:56 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

VT Students Design & Build Clifton Forge Ampitheater

Chuck Almirez/Virginia Tech

To be an architect used to mean being involved in every aspect of a project-- from drawings to ribbon cutting. But like most modern professions, architecture has become specialized and more segmented.  Students in a unique design/build program at Virginia Tech do it the old-fashioned way though-- and their efforts won them the American Architects 2012 Building of the Year Award.

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Drinking Water Clinics
4:49 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Safe Drinking Water

About 1.7 million Virginians rely on wells, springs and cisterns for their drinking water. 

While municipal water supplies are tested daily under the Safe Drinking Water Act, people who rely on wells and springs are completely responsible for the care and maintenance of their water supplies.

The Montgomery County Water Clinic is Tuesday March 19  at the Blacksburg Recreation center.

Here is a list of the counties where water clinics are happening over the next 6 months:

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Health & Medicine
5:10 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Closing State Training Centers

Arthur works on a beading project

Virginia is in the process of closing its state centers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Last year  the commonwealth reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  It helped spur a movement that began decades ago to people out of institutions and into private homes, where they could receive the most compassionate, least restrictive care.  

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