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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The European Commission recently recommended approval for continued use of the most widely used pesticide in the world.  It concluded Glyphosate; the main ingredient in “Round Up,” poses no unacceptable risk to human health, animals or the environment – but not everyone is convinced of the pesticide’s long-term safety.

A food bank and farm in Floyd County will be able to feed a lot more people this year ---and for years to come.

The Roanoke Women’s Foundation awarded a $40,000 grant to “Plenty!” a non-profit farm that grows and collects food for people who need it. Jonathan Vandergrift is the farmer there.  He says the grant will help them reach out to a segment of the community that has, sort of been under the radar. 

 A difficult to treat brain tumor that occurs at the same rate in dogs, as it does in humans, will be the subject of canine clinical trials at the Vet School at Virginia Tech.  

Glioblastomas are rapidly growing brain tumors, which typically affect older adults.  They’re notoriously difficult to remove and hard to treat because they quickly develop resistance to chemotherapy.

The main drug used to fight them is known as T-M-Z.  Scientists from Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic did a study in which they added another drug to the mix called ACT 1.

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Interest in the whole ‘farm to table’ movement is growing.  But one aspect of it continues to be controversial in Virginia; direct farm sales of raw, unpasteurized milk.  Some say it should be a personal choice. And others warn, it’s a question of public safety. 

At the farmer’s market in Blacksburg, customers come early for their raw milk so they can get it before it’s gone. Steve Moll, a builder in town is here almost every week.

“Yeah, It’s just so good. It really has flavor and it has cream.  Real cream. I make butter out of it.”

(AP Photo/Bradley Leeb, File)

We’ve heard a lot about the problem of concussions in ‘pro’ and college football. But most football players in the U.S. are kids… 3 million of them play ‘Pop Warner’ youth football every year.

No one has examined the effect all those hits to the head have on them until now. Scientists at Virginia Tech are leading a team tracking the impact of this favorite contact sport on its youngest players.

It’s after dark at the practice field at the Blacksburg recreation center where 9 and 10 year old boys are running football drills under the lights.

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