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.

You know that expression, “When you see something, SAY something?” Well it’s not always about something negative.  A Floyd resident saw something good and wanted to say something about it.  

AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster

Virginia’s primary elections are coming up on June 12th.  Two Democrats are vying to challenge the Republican incumbent in the state’s 9th district, which comprises much of southwestern Virginia.

Will There Be Math?

Mar 6, 2018
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

For the last several years, there’s been a push to interest more students in what are known as STEM subjects.  That’s Science, Technology Engineering and Math.  But when it comes to that last one, the numbers don’t quite add up.  That’s because fewer people who earn college degrees in math, go on to become math teachers.    

Each time there’s a mass shooting in this country, a similar thing happens. Along with the grief, comes questions about how to prevent it from happening again.  At Virginia Tech, where the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history occurred in 2007, psychologists have been exploring that question ever since.

Meaghan Dee

A new production opening next month in the Cube Theater in Blacksburg will give audiences the feeling they’re walking through a garden. And not just any garden: Shakespeare’s 17th century garden scenes, as he depicted them in his plays and sonnets. 

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