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.

Kurt Holtz

Remember that old joke: ‘everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it?' Well, as we all know by now, weather and climate are very different things. But people in the tiny town of Floyd, Virginia, are trying to do something about climate change, one carbon footprint at time.

It’s not just the winter holiday season that seems to come earlier and earlier.  Now it’s that American electoral exercise, known as primary season.  This time is different.

Courtesy Radford Early Childhood Learning Center

Turns out, necessity is the mother of invention.

Seven years ago, the city of Radford had no accredited child care center, an important standard to ensure high quality early education. No national company was willing come to town because the population in the area is small, and a high percentage of children live below the poverty level. Despite the odds, they made it happen by turning every ‘no’ into a ‘yes.'                                                                       

Cyber Security Red

The potential trade war with China over its suspect phones is raising alarm about an even larger issue for cyber security.  It’s not only Huawei that poses a threat, it’s pretty much any device made with computer chips manufactured overseas, which is just about all of them. 

Brandon Jutras

With temperatures in the U.S. on an upward trend, so is Lyme Disease. The ticks that carry it thrive in warm, wet environments and it’s expected that some 300,000 people will contract the disease this year.

Now, new research out of Virginia Tech is showing promise for better diagnosis and treatment.