Bob Leweke

News Director / Morning Edition Host

Bob Leweke is WMRA's News Director and Morning Edition host.

Before coming to public radio in 2003, Bob had worked for The Roanoke Times as a circulation manager and writer.  He later became a member of the communication faculty at Pikeville College in Kentucky, and at Bridgewater College in Virginia, where he taught public speaking, mass media law, communication theory and other courses.  Bob holds degrees in communication and political science from Virginia Tech, and a doctorate in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In 2015 and 2016, the readers of the Daily News-Record voted him “Best Radio Personality.”

In his hours away from WMRA, Bob enjoys music, cycling, reading and movie-watching, and spending time with his family doing all of the above.  He also plays the drums for The Sustainers, a Harrisonburg blues-rock cover band.  You can follow him on Twitter @WMRAnews.

WMRA Daily 9/21/18

Sep 21, 2018

It’s voting season in Virginia -- absentee voting for the November elections begins today… Candidates for the competitive 5th Congressional District meet in rural Madison County for a debate… The price tag for state police on the August 12th anniversary in Charlottesville – more than $3 million….

WMRA Daily 9/20/18

Sep 20, 2018

Meteorologists confirm that Florence spawned eight tornadoes in Virginia on Monday, most of them around Richmond… A judge in West Virginia orders a temporary halt to construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline there… DuPont is committed to $50 million in restoration projects because of mercury pollution in Waynesboro – we’ll take a look at some of the projects….

WMRA Daily 9/19/18

Sep 19, 2018

A second person is dead from the effects of Florence, swept away by flash flooding in Louisa County… The Charlottesville SPCA helps out some stranded four-legged victims of Florence in North Carolina… Virginia’s coal industry is in free-fall….

WMRA Daily 9/18/18

Sep 18, 2018

Federal officials say construction may resume on the Atlantic Coast pipeline… A Florence-related tornado kills one person near Richmond… Sixth District candidates Cline and Lewis meet in their first debate….

WMRA Daily 9/17/18

Sep 17, 2018

What remains of Florence hits our area, and the threat from flash flooding is real… The University of Virginia's new president says he's concerned about underpaid staff, but will UVA workers see a living wage anytime soon?... The Middlebrook General Store finally closes its doors….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Andrew Jenner learns how civil rights activist Dr. Gerald Durley became a climate activist... our Program Director Chris Boros gets the skinny on the story of a honky-tonk near Winchester and a country music legend (September's Books & Brews!)... a Virginia Public Radio story about the enslaved woman near Richmond who, with her children, fled to freedom 155 years ago... and, did you really heed all the recommendations to prepare for Hurricane Florence?  Plus, Virginia politics!

WMRA Daily 9/14/18

Sep 14, 2018

Shelter in place, says Governor Ralph Northam as Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina… We hope you’re ready for the storm, but we also take a look at some research that shows we’re not that good at preparing… Ten years after the Great Recession began, Virginians’ incomes have finally recovered, sort of….

WMRA Daily 9/13/18

Sep 13, 2018

Dominion gets a judicial pass after dumping arsenic into the water… State Republicans say they still plan to obey a court order and redraw gerrymandered districts… Hurricane Florence weakens, and shifts – we have the latest….

Governor Ralph Northam's office released the following statement regarding preparation for Hurricane Florence...

WMRA Daily 9/12/18

Sep 12, 2018

Federal and state emergencies declared in advance of Florence, and some local governments have declared states of emergency, too… Both of Virginia’s senators say they will vote “no” on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court… We meet a longtime civil rights activist – now a climate change activist – who says the two struggles are one and the same….

WMRA Daily 9/11/18

Sep 11, 2018

Governor Northam orders a mandatory evacuation of parts of Eastern Virginia, as Hurricane Florence gets closer... Opponents of a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Buckingham County expect a strong showing at a public hearing… A watchdog agency says Virginia’s elections systems have problems – will they be ready for November?

Virginia Department of Health

Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.

WMRA Daily 9/10/18

Sep 10, 2018

Two Charlottesville officers and a suspect have been injured in a gun fight…. Governor Ralph Northam declares a state of emergency as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast... The Charlottesville PRIDE festival is getting underway – we have a preview….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler traces the links between the Allegheny Mountain Institute, a one-acre hospital farm, and a food 'farmacy' in Fishersville... Christopher Clymer Kurtz tracks the new weapons in the fight against a scourge among Virginia's black bears -- mange... also, Harrisonburg poverty, looking back at the Kerner Commission, Arthur Ashe 50 years later, and Virginia politics!

WMRA Daily 9/7/18

Sep 7, 2018

The bodies of a missing Harrisonburg girl and her grandmother have been found, ending a month-long search…  A historian looks back at the Kerner commission after the summer of riots in 1967… Virginia biologists have their eyes on a number of problems in the state, including mange in black bears – but they may have a new solution….

WMRA Daily 9/6/18

Sep 6, 2018

More tree stands go up in southwest Virginia, protesting the Mountain Valley Pipeline… The man who punched Jason Kessler gets punished – he’ll have to pay a $1 fine… A hospital in Augusta County finds that locally-grown food can be the best medicine….

WMRA Daily 9/5/18

Sep 5, 2018

Sixth District candidates agree to two debates this fall… A national non-profit weighs in against two Confederate statues in Charlottesville… UVa says it will spend more money to honor the enslaved people who helped build and maintain the school….

WMRA Daily 9/4/18

Sep 4, 2018

Staunton may be one step closer to a decision on whether to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School... A Frederick County Sheriff's Deputy and his wife are killed in a motorcycle crash in Luray… A Charlottesville interfaith organization plans to publicly certify employers who pay their workers at least twice the federal minimum wage….

WMRA Daily 9/3/18

Sep 3, 2018

The cost of health insurance for those buying plans in Virginia’s marketplace may stabilize soon… Is Harrisonburg really the Virginia city “hit hardest by extreme poverty”?... Lexington is still trying to recover its tourism vibe after June’s Red Hen incident….

On this week's Second Look... they call themselves the Threshold Singers, and there are groups of them all over the world – including in Harrisonburg.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz has the story.  We also recognize and honor the first African born in what would become the United States, and the recent ceremony Governor Northam attended in Hampton.  Also, fewer boys are playing high school football – does that pose a threat to the game itself?  Plus, the week in Virginia politics!

WMRA Daily 8/31/18

Aug 31, 2018

The trial of the man accused of killing Heather Heyer will remain in Charlottesville… Lawmakers are under pressure to redraw Virginia’s voting districts, but they got little done on Thursday… We visit with a group of singers who help patients at the threshold of death….

WMRA Daily 8/30/18

Aug 30, 2018

Federal regulators are allowing construction to resume along a portion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline's route… State Democrats put their proposed fix to the state’s electoral map on the table, after the Republican-drawn map was ruled an unconstitutional gerrymander… While Sixth District Republicans admit to an FEC violation, the candidates to replace Bob Goodlatte agree to one debate, with a plan for two more still up in the air….

WMRA Daily 8/29/18

Aug 29, 2018

Harrisonburg officials say reports of extreme poverty are exaggerated – and reflect the fact that it’s a college town… A 17-year-old boy in Waynesboro is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound…  Virginia is preparing to mark a painful anniversary—the first Africans brought to English America as slaves….

WMRA Daily 8/28/18

Aug 28, 2018

A 16-year-old ends up shooting himself after a car chase in Culpeper… Virginia’s Medicaid outreach agency is doing just that – reaching out to encourage eligible people to sign up for next year’s expansion… President Trump’s new proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan has sparked a debate in Virginia about the state’s energy future….

WMRA Daily 8/27/18

Aug 27, 2018

A JMU student is in critical condition after a hit-and-run crash in Harrisonburg Friday night… A state investigation finds that officers falsified records after inmate deaths, including at a jail near Farmville… More money for Virginia teachers next year, yes – but there’s a catch….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler has the latest on the controversy in Rockbridge County over the local department of social services... Virginia Public Radio provides an update on the pipelines... We review our reporting of prisons, imprisonment and race, during a week when activists are calling for a national prison strike... Plus, a Virginia politics review.

WMRA Daily 8/24/18

Aug 24, 2018

Just as the semester is set to begin, a JMU student is found dead in his apartment… Two men are sentenced to jail for beating DeAndre Harris in Charlottesville last August… VDOT officials explore solutions for I-81 at a public meeting at BRCC….

WMRA Daily 8/23/18

Aug 23, 2018

Virginia's water control board is rejecting calls from environmentalists and landowners to force a halt to construction of two natural gas pipelines… The man charged with killing Heather Heyer wants to move his trial out of Charlottesville… Women in Virginia are choosing to give birth later and later….

WMRA Daily 8/22/18

Aug 22, 2018

A KKK leader gets four years in jail for firing a gun at last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville… Child welfare advocates in Rockbridge say the state still hasn’t properly dealt with the county’s Department of Social Services… What does it take to become an engaged citizen?  It may depend on your party affiliation….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Andrew Jenner returns with the story of the Great Grandparent Invasion (sort of)... We also review last weekend's anniversary in Charlottesville... We discover the link between your sense of smell and dementia... Meanwhile, could the deal that Virginia lawmakers brokered to expand Medicaid in Virginia be vulnerable?... And, we review the week in Virginia politics.