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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Navigating your commute can be stressful enough, but a new study looked at how stress from your day in the workplace affects how you drive on the way home.  

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In many states, including Virginia, you had to pay 10 dollars to freeze your accounts at each of the 3 major credit bureaus.  That changes this Friday.  From then on it will be free to place a freeze on your credit accounts and that means no one can use your personal information to open one in your name.  Here’s how that could happen if your accounts are not frozen.  

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Even before Hurricane Florence arrives in your region, your pets will know it’s coming. 

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When big Hurricanes hit, a lot of attention is focused on the moment they make landfall. But Florence is on track to bring a lot of rain inland and that could be a problem for the mountainous regions of Appalachia.

Increasing demand for locally grown food is creating new markets for small farmers.  But boutique growers face challenges that factory farmers don't. And for them, a little help can make a big difference.

Take, for example, a farm in Floyd County that won a cool prize in a competition designed to help niche agriculture-based companies grow. 

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