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 Tech

A new state law ends Virginia’s restriction on growing Hemp in the commonwealth. Several states have already passed laws allowing hemp cultivation and sale. And even as Virginia joined them this week, it continues to classify the move as a ‘research project’ that has certain requirements attached.

Mountain Valley Watch

Construction work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline has been temporarily suspended.

A statement from the company Friday says recent heavy rain has heightened erosion control concerns.

Humans are social creatures, but these days, many people say they feel socially isolated.  In Blacksburg a group of guys is taking things into their own hands to put the ‘social’ back in ‘life. 

Virginia Tech Photo

Most people know that wearing a bike helmet reduces the chances you’ll be injured if you crash. But until now, there were no ratings that tracked actual, real world head impacts to determine which helmets protect best.

Robbie Harris WVTF Radio IQ

The Radford Army Ammunition Plant, where a large percentage of the nation’s explosives are made, is off limits to the public.

For decades, people have been curious about the Arsenal. Some are concerned about emissions from its many onsite processes, and what effect they might have on human health.  But last week, for the first time, a couple dozen community members got a tour of the World War Two-era facility.