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.

Appalachians Against Pipelines

On November 13, a court gave tree-sitters protesting the Mountain Valley gas Pipeline, four days to end their action and come down. They have not. On Novermber 19th,the same judge found them in contempt of court with a fine of $500 a day, every day they remain. 

If you think you saw fewer birds flying south, this fall, you’re right. Billions have disappeared from the skies in recent years and that affects many other species, including humans.  The number one cause of bird loss is their persistent predator-- cats.  And right after that, is window glass, that tricks birds into thinking they have a clear path ahead.

Kurt Holtz


 This is not the first time Mountain Valley Pipeline has tried to get protestors to come down out of their perch in the trees. They’ve been holding their ground in protest for two years.  Dusty Pinesap says, even an injunction, as was issued last week, would not deter them.

“Our bonds of solidarity and community here demonstrates and broadly in this campaign are stronger than the words of a decree of any judge or piece of paper that they want to throw at us.” 

Kurt Holtz

After more than two years defending a small parcel of forest from being cut down to make way for the Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline, Monday is the deadline for tree-sitters to comply with a Montgomery County judge’s order to leave the property.

Tree-sitters in the southwestern Virginia woods, protesting the Mountain Valley Pipeline for more than 800 days, have been ordered by a judge to leave their encampment by Monday.