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.

An author whose new novel is set in Blacksburg, Virginia will be in town this weekend to give a talk about her book.  "Pretend We Are Lovely" is the story of a family's struggles and strategies for coping with grief.  

Virginia Tech

A Virginia Tech alum has given the University one of its largest gifts ever.  It is aimed at preparing students for the 21st century workplace.   

Kurt Holtz

The small town of Newport, Virginia is bracing itself for what's about to happen there; the recently approved, Mountain Valley Pipeline will cross through the heart of the village, carrying natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania through Virginia.

Virginia Tech

A special event celebrating Muslim cultures through dance, music, visual art and poetry, will be held at Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg this Saturday evening. It's the culmination of a years-long project to create cross cultural understanding.

White Rose Foundation, Munich, Germany

The young students who formed the anti-Nazi movement called ‘The White Rose’ were, at first, like many other young people of their day-- energetic and enthusiastic in an era when a new kind of leadership had just taken hold it their country.