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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Blight Spreads to Virginia
4:20 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Stemming Boxwood Blight

Spread of boxwood blight to landscape plants following installation of an infected boxwood patio plant
Adria Bordas

Scientists are asking the public’s help in stemming the spread of a blight on the Boxwood bush.  The plant is often used in holiday wreaths and garlands this time of year.

The Boxwood plant is prized for its emerald leaves and slow growing habit. But a blight, first seen in the US in 2011 has spread to Virginia, where it threatens home gardens as well as historic sites. The disease eventually kills the plant. It’s caused by a fungus spread by contact with a diseased boxwood.

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Science & Technology
1:56 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

A New Take on Sex

Birds do it.  Bees do it.  No…we’re not talking about ‘falling in love,’ we’re talking about sex.  Biologists have long known it plays a vital role in passing new gene combinations on to the next generation, but what’s been less clear, is exactly how that works.  

Now, a Virginia Tech Biologist has a new theory that challenges long held notions about natural selection and survival of the fittest. 

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Report on Rising Sea Levels
1:40 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Coastal Flooding

A new study says the world must learn to live with an increasingly flood prone shoreline. 

But the report published by a Virginia Tech Professor in the journal “Nature” suggests there are things humans can do to mitigate the problem.  

A new research paper warns of growing risk of coastal flooding due to rising sea levels. Jen Irish, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering co-authored the report.

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VT Team Creates ExpertRank
2:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Finding Experts On-Line

Credit Jim Stoup

These days, there’s no shortage of information available on the Internet. Everybody and anybody can offer an opinion.

But how do you determine what’s valuable and what isn’t?

 

For an increasing number of people, the ‘go to’ site for online info is Wikipedia, a huge compilation of information where content is maintained by users.  While many Internet sites have no controls for the accuracy of user posts, Wikipedia does. But it recently did a study of the quality of the information on its site and found 99.9 percent does not meet its own standards.

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War as a Metaphor for Change
4:30 am
Wed November 27, 2013

The Fallen Snow

A debut novel by a Virginia Tech alum is getting praise for its take on the complexities of love and change in the wake of war. 

“The Fallen Snow” is an early 20th century story set --both in a close knit, Appalachian Town-- and war time France.  John Kelley began thinking about the idea for the book when he was in college in Blacksburg, thirty years ago.
 

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