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.

R. Bondurant

Environmental groups are calling on a court to reject an agreement between the state and Mountain Valley Pipeline.

The agreement announced last month is designed to step up environmental enforcement on the natural gas pipeline project. But opponents say it doesn’t go far enough to protect water and land in southwestern Virginia.

On this "Giving Tuesday," this is a story about something that’s up there with the greatest gifts of all.  It never wears out, or gets put in the back of closet and will always be there when you need it.

Virginia Tech

Finding information about long gone relatives has become easy for many, thanks to websites created for that purpose. But when it comes to searching for black ancestors, it’s a different story. Enslaved people were never listed on the U.S. census, and hundreds of years have passed, but determined researchers are finding family connections, long lost to history and re-acquainting people with their families.

Virginia Tech

When you’re looking for information on Virginia History, the special collections department at Virginia Tech’s Newman Library is a good place to start. Among the isles of historic books and records, are some 5,000 volumes relating to food and drink, dating back to the 1800's.

Archivist Kira Dietz has pored over those old recipes to give us a taste of what Thanksgivings have been like throughout the centuries.

A group of local film makers is making a children’s television show set in Blacksburg that highlights the region’s science, arts and culture. And in the spirit of Appalachian resourcefulness, they’re producing the whole thing using renewable energy.