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

Martin Luther King Junior gave his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in the summer of 1963.  But the findings of the Race and Policy Center at Virginia Tech say, not much has changed when it comes to King’s major goals.

Matthew Gabriele Professor of Medieval Studies

You may have your own opinion about the President’s demand for a wall on the southern border. But when people started referring to it as a ‘medieval’ wall, an expert on the era from Virginia Tech, weighs in on the historical accuracy of that comparison.

President Donald Trump’s demand to build a wall on the southern border has not only led to a government stalemate, it’s also misrepresenting history. Mathew Gabriele teaches medieval studies at Virginia Tech, so he knows a lot about the walls that were built around cities and castles in the middle ages.

Historians are people who document history, but what’s a healthstorian?  In this case, it's a project documenting people’s health, and health care in southwestern Virginia.

When a young, homeless man turned up at the Bluefield Union Mission near their home, a West Virginia couple offered help.  But what happened, surprised everyone involved. 

Kurt Holtz

With construction of the Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline nearly complete, the project still faces several challenges.  Lawsuits have been filed on its right to move forward – from questions of eminent domain to violations of federal and state permit issues.  But the biggest obstacle to the Mountain Valley pipeline may prove to be the mountains and valleys themselves, and the people working to protect them.