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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VT's Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center
4:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Growing Mussels

Credit Virginia Tech

Forty years on, the Endangered Species Act continues to demonstrate its effects on a species native to this area; the fresh water mussel. 

You might say these shellfish do the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping waterways healthy. More strains of these living water filters grow in this region, than anywhere else in the world. 

The small buildings at Virginia Tech’s Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center in Blacksburg seem more like a fishing village than a high tech research facility.

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FAA Announces Six Test Sites
4:44 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Virginia Tech Selected as Drone Research Site

Credit Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is one of six sites that will test drones as part of push to integrate them into the nation’s airspace in the next few years.  

 

The Federal Aviation Administration selected 6 public entities to test unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones. Virginia Tech will look at safety, from technical risks, to other potential failures in the remotely piloted planes.

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Environment
1:13 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Hope Has Wings

You’re at home or in your office and all of a sudden you hear a thud at your window. . . Another window collision; a major cause of death for birds.  Bird kill by skyscrapers in large cities has been well documented, but not in smaller towns.  That doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. 

“The birds that hit the windows, they’re hidden behind bushes, or under the leaves, and they’re just out of sight, out of mind.”

Becky Schneider and a flock of volunteers have been documenting bird death by window at a Blacksburg office park since last fall. 

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Arts & Culture
9:46 am
Thu December 19, 2013

So This Is Christmas

At Christmas time in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono embarked on their famous Peace Campaign.  A few months ago, we told you about an exhibition at the Taubman museum in Roanoke that explores the work that went into it.  Soon after their ‘year of peace’ they collaborated on another song on the same theme.
 

This demo recording of the song John Lennon and Yoko Ono worked on together offers us a chance to hear the precursor of what was to become a Christmas Classic.

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20 Essential Habits
4:26 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

How to Succeed in Business by Actually Trying

There’s no doubt that today’s US economy is primarily a service economy. That means the new ‘goods and services’ now translates as plain, ‘good service.’

But not all businesses know how to make the most of their customers’ service experience.

We’re not talking about something as egregious as an employee chatting on a cell phone during your transaction or other clearly rude behavior, but with so much riding on the service in our service economy, it’s the little things that make all the difference. 

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