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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Defnitely Not 50 Shades of Gray
5:00 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Old-Fashioned Love: The Movie

Two movies about people searching for love open this Valentines Day weekend.   Fifty Shades of Gray features the torture that is both real and metaphorical when it comes to some relationships.  And a low budget ‘Indy’ film, called, Old Fashioned is marketing itself as the ‘ antidote’ to Fifty Shades.

Call it serendipity., but when the producers of Old Fashioned saw that their movie could have a release date the same weekend as Fifty Shades of Gray, it was an opportunity too good to let go

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Leader in the Field
10:04 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Second Wind for Stability Tunnel at VT

If you think it’s windy outside, that’s nothing compared to the wind speeds inside the wind tunnel at Virginia Tech.  Built by NASA during World War Two to test aircraft stability, it remains one of the best of its kind in the world.

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Virginia Tech's Weekend Hackathon: A Force for Goo
5:26 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Meet the Hackers: A Force for Good

Credit VT Hacks Facebook, 2014

There’s a Hackathon set for this weekend at Virginia Tech. Students from around the country will be in Blacksburg. ---But no need to worry. These are not the same hackers who stage attacks on computers. 

"We need to throw out the misnomer. Hackathons are not really about getting together and hacking in to mainframes," says Computer Science major Brandon Potts, Transportation Coordinator for this weekend’s Hackathon at Virginia Tech.

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February 15th Deadline
2:10 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Enroll VA: Free Help Navigating the Affordable Care Act

The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable care act is about two weeks away. Under the law, anyone without a plan in place by February 15th will  face fines.

For many, the process is confusing and even daunting, but if you haven’t signed up yet and would like to, there’s still time. A non-partisan group called “Enroll Virginia” is offering free help over the phone or in person for anyone who has not chosen a health coverage plan.

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Environment
12:24 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Another Potential Route Change for Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would transport natural gas from West Virginia, may get a second change to its proposed path through the commonwealth. 

Spokeswoman for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, Natalie Cox, says it will be weeks to months before the LLC planning the venture, completes contacting landowners and localities to see if any potential changes to the pipeline’s route are feasible. 

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