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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In 1936, Virginia became the first state to open a park system, notable for being "not more than an hour’s" drive from anywhere in the Commonwealth. But for Black Virginians, no amount of drive time would have gotten them past the entrance.


The African American story is adding a new chapter. Conventional black narratives, that begin in Africa and thrive in America, have long been full of tales of woe: slavery, constraint, a limited ability to move freely in the world.But they are so much more than that, as a Virginia Tech Literature professor points out in her new book.

What if you could take a pill that would help you to safely and effortlessly lose weight?  It’s something researchers have been working on for decades without success. Now, scientists at Virginia Tech have identified a molecule, that by all expectations, will be able to do just that. 

In the early winter of the pandemic, there was hope that warmer temperatures in spring and summer might bring an end to it. But research shows it will take more than that to stamp out the virus. 





Philosophy has been described as ‘not so much a subject area itself, but rather a set of tools for thinking clearly about difficult or obscure problems.’ Life in the time of coronavirus begs for those tools.