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.

Art Without Walls

Sep 15, 2015

In many large cities, when new buildings go up, there’s a requirement to include public art in the construction project. They’re known as, ‘One percent for art’ programs. In most smaller cities and towns, those programs don’t exist.  But one, in southwestern Virginia, has figured out another way to do it. 

It’s said that in life, everybody has a ‘go or no go’ moment. 

That’s what moved a Wytheville businessman to write an eye-opening editorial for CNBC about problems he sees in his southwestern Virginia town.

It was part of a series on the ‘best states for business’ written by young CEOs around the country. 

“When they asked me about doing a 'Best States for Business,' I said yeah, Virginia is a tremendously well-governed state. It’s a great state for business."

They’re often called, ‘the new old fashioned neighborhoods of the future’ planned communities, where the focus is on collaboration, cooperation and sustainability.  It’s an idea that came from Denmark and it’s beginning to take hold in Virginia. 

“This is sort of the periphery of the building area, the actual building area is a little further in.”

AP Photo/Steve Helber

 When a tragedy like yesterday’s shootings takes place, some people feel the need to look away.

But one person who has been there says you should do just the opposite… and that American society must look even more deeply at this phenomenon, if it is to have any hope of preventing these tragedies. 

As Hippocrates said, let food be your medicine. That’s the idea behind a new movement that’s stressing the ‘farm’ in ‘pharmacy:’

A pretty white picket fence surrounds a garden of about a half-acre in what used to be a parking lot in Christiansburg.

Kelli Scott is an agricultural and natural resources agent with Montgomery County Cooperative Extension.

"We actually have some watermelon and Okra blooming you know those are like traditionally really hot weather plants."