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.

Virginia is in the process of closing its state centers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Last year  the commonwealth reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  It helped spur a movement that began decades ago to people out of institutions and into private homes, where they could receive the most compassionate, least restrictive care.  

Hello Heyo

Mar 8, 2013

The South By Southwest Music and Film Festival also has a tech side. Two Blacksburg companies are on the way to Austin Texas.  They’ll compete for awards in what’s become the festival’s fastest growing program: talks on emerging technologies.

The allure of the South by Southwest festival is not only the new music and art.  A company called Twitter introduced it self to the world there in 2007. Now, hundreds of startups compete for slots at the annual gathering.  Nathan Latka is CEO of  “Heyo.”  His Blacksburg company is an invited guest at the week long conference.
 

Rural Food Deserts

Feb 28, 2013

You would think that in a place like Southwestern Virginia, more people would have access to nutritious, locally grown food.  But food deserts are not just an urban problem, they exist here as well.  

The Shape of Things

Feb 19, 2013
Photo: Virginia Tech

An edgy, provocative play, that explores the nature of relationships and art, is opening at Virginia Tech.  Award- winning playwright, Neil LaBute’s, 2003 drama, The Shape of Things, has been called a modern day version of Adam’s seduction by Eve.  Robbie Harris has this preview.

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