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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U.S. Capital law enforcement is on high alert in case of more violent actions against the government.  Part of the problem is the easy spread of  conspiracy theories. They’re becoming more prevalent and potentially, -- calls to action.  Researchers at Virginia Tech have been working on ways to debunk untrue theories and stop the spread of the kind of disinformation that threatens the Republic.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

If an endangered species goes extinct, there’s no turning back. And its absence can set off a cascade of carnage, harming entire ecosystems from farming to recreation.  But a growing coalition of wildlife experts and private landowners has been working together to save endangered streams and the species that depend on them.

Justin Mathias

New research out of West Virginia University says trees are now taking up more Carbon Dioxide than ever recorded. And because forests are the planet’s carbon sink, trees all over the world are actually growing larger to keep up with rising CO2. 

It’s day 901 of the Mountain Valley gas pipeline protest. Tree sitters have been perched above its path and authorities are making plans to remove them. There are now just two remaining tree sitters, who say they will continue to refuse to come down from the treetops.

In what’s quickly becoming a virtual world, students with no or slow internet are being left behind. 

So, school administrators in rural Wise County reached out to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

Now, households in the mountains of southwest Virginia are helping beta test broadband internet from space.