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.

(NASA via AP)

When a hurricane is on the way, people are told to prepare for the worst.  But when it’s over, if the effects were not as bad as expected, what happens next time around?

A first of its kind study finds, even a small rise in sea level could lead to more coastal flooding worldwide.  A team of scientists, including experts from Virginia Tech, predicts a warming planet will see more ‘worst case scenarios’ more often if nothing is done to prevent it.

The practice of burning toxic munitions waste in the open air at military sites will soon get more scrutiny than ever before. Congress has tasked the Pentagon with examining the practice at more than 60 installations around the country, including the Radford Arsenal in southwestern Virginia.

Southwest Virginia is known for its wood industry.  But in many places, sawmills have closed. Local logs are now shipped internationally to be processed. And that means places like Floyd County are looking for innovative ways to market their natural resources and their creative flair.  

Scientists at Virginia Tech think they’ve found a new way to control stinkbugs without conventional pesticides. If it works, it could save millions of dollars for farmers, and perhaps the sanity of the rest of us, when the bugs resume their invasion every spring.