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.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Solar energy in Southwestern Virginia is expected to increase, now that the utility that serves the region, Appalachian Power, may be lifting long held restrictions on solar energy production on schools and government buildings. 

Champions of the Soil

Jun 10, 2021

Southwest Virginia is known for its majestic mountains, but there’s a whole other landscape below the surface.  

The variety of colors and textures in soil and sand actually tell you a lot about their composition and potential uses, if you know how to ‘listen’ to the dirt. 

Thirty years after scientists began mapping human genome, we’re all familiar with the idea that our genes account for many of our physical characteristics.

Now, scientists at Virginia Tech have identified a new kind of gene, that plays a powerful role in when we sleep and when we don’t.

The Nature Conservency

Southwestern Virginia has a long history of coal mining, but its energy future is a work in progress.  A pilot project is underway to transform former coal mines into six, solar electricity plants, in the central Appalachian coalfields.

How do you go home again, when home is no longer there? A new documentary on a small mountain community called Rock Castle Gorge is about  a place that lost its town, but not its story.