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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Economics & Economy
7:06 am
Fri May 2, 2014

A Shortage of Daycare Centers in Radford and a Possible Solution

Quality early education has been identified as a key factor for success later in life.  But many communities in Southwestern Virginia don’t have enough daycare centers spots to go around.  

Radford, Virginia is a university town full of young families, but with no place to nearby providing day care.

Agida Manizade: “In town full time infant care, 12 spots and our research shows that right now we have 96 infants in town.”

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VT Research
7:06 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The Perfect Stink Bug Trap is All Natural!

The scent of Cilantro may go fine with dinner, but not if it’s from a stinkbug that fell into your enchiladas.  The invasive pests are now in 41 states, the district of Columbia and Canada and several countries in Europe. 

They destroy crops and frustrate humans, with whom they share a penchant for sheltering indoors in cold weather.  Now scientists at Virginia Tech have come up with stinkbug trap you can make yourself for a couple of bucks-- that works.  

No matter how good a housekeeper you are, it’s not easy to keep stinkbugs from ruining your image.

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Veteran Studies at Virginia Tech
7:47 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Proposed Academic Program Would Study Veterans

For almost as long as there has been war, writers, poets and playwrights have offered their perspectives on the experience. From Sophocles to Shakespeare -to the present day, war and its aftermath continue to be explored in books, movies and poetry.  But despite all that’s been written and said and thought about war, there is not a single academic department in the U.S. devoted to “veterans studies.”  Some scholars at Virginia Tech are looking to change that. 

 

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A Green Energy Competition
8:06 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Georgetown Energy Challenge

If you ask people if they would like to save energy, the majority says yes.  But if you ask them what they’re actually doing about it, the majority says “not much”.  A contest among cities and towns across the country, to see which can cut the most electricity and natural gas usage, is aimed at finding ways to change that. 

With all the electronic devices, most of us use, which have to be plugged in and recharged, you’d think energy use in this country would be on the rise.

"If you look at total energy usage in the whole country it’s been flat.”

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Remembering April 16th
4:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

From Then to Now: An Exhibition in Two Parts

Seven years ago, after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, an outpouring of sympathy came to Blacksburg from around the world.

Much of it, in the form of objects:  candles, cards, letters, stuffed animals and works of art.  Archivists at the university have carefully cataloged and preserved these sacred objects, some of which will be on display for the first time this week.

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