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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Positive Psychology
4:22 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

The HOW of Happiness

What does it take to be happy in life? A book on the subject is catching on, on campus.  A project that began as a women’s book group has morphed into a discussion series on a single book.  It’s called, “The How of Happiness.”     

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Oral Histories in "Revelations"
12:14 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

LGBTQ in Appalachia

Carrie and Michael Cline
Credit Virginia Tech

Auditions are scheduled (10/20/14)  to cast volunteers to read oral histories in a performance at the Lyric Theater in Blacksburg this Saturday.

The live theatrical presentation weaves a dozen oral histories into an artistic tapestry that focuses on resiliency in the LGBTQ Appalachian community. It’s the headliner for the 10th Annual Gay in Appalachia’ event, presented by the LGBTQ Caucus at Virginia Tech.

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Virginia Tech Research
11:31 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Anti-Smoking Vaccine

A vaccine aimed at helping cigarette smokers quit, is entering the next phase in testing.

A Virginia Tech professor who’s been working to develop the vaccine got a  $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to test the vaccine. 

Citing an urgent need to develop effective treatments of nicotine addiction the NIH is funding trials by Virginia Tech Professor who’s been working to develop an anti smoking vaccine. 

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Timothy Sands
3:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Installation of New Virginia Tech President

Dr. Timothy Sands has been officially installed  as the 16th president of the University.

The former provost and acting president of Purdue, in Indiana, Sands got his Ph.D. from Berkeley in Materials Science and Engineering.  Since he arrived in Virginia this past summer, he’s been talking with everyone from students and faculty to political leaders. 

The new president of Tech had been living the motto of the university, even before he ever knew the phrase that defines it, “Ut Prosim, “That I may serve.”

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Floyd Residents Call It Victory
5:26 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Pipeline Route Changed

Credit preservefloyd.org

A change in the proposed route of a natural gas pipeline that would run through southwestern Virginia is a victory for the town of Floyd.  But some say, it simply sends the problem elsewhere.

The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline would transport natural gas from the Marcellus Shale reserve in Pennsylvania through Virginia to North Carolina.  That prospect mobilized people in Floyd County to fight the plan for the 42 inch pipe to pass though their land. 

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