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.

Russell Chisholm

The Global climate strike is galvanizing college campuses all over the country to work for climate justice. A new group at Virginia Tech recently presented a list of six demands to university officials for action.

An unusual exhibit this Saturday at the Virginia Tech Science Festival in Blacksburg will give people an immersive encounter with the mysteries of science.  And when we say “immersive” we mean that almost literally. 

It’s been more than 50 years since Jim Crow laws were outlawed in this country. But that doesn’t necessarily mean all’s well on the road to racial justice.  Echoes of times past reverberate, if not on the interstates, perhaps on the ‘blue routes,’ the smaller highways and bi ways off the beaten path.

A sociologist from Virginia Tech decided to test drive the theory that discrimination against black people, is really a thing of the past.

The public is invited to a three-day summit on blockchain technology in Blacksburg -- beginning this weekend. It’s a chance to get aquainted with a new way of doing business, that could add not only a new dimension, but increased security to the financial transactions. Spots are still available, but it’s filling up fast.

Kurt Holtz

Cancer is the second leading cause of premature death in the U.S.   But a new report by the American Cancer Society says progress in the fight against cancer is not only possible, but achievable.