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.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente reports on how UVa's medical system has become a kind of oasis for transgender people seeking safe, welcoming health care... Calvin Pynn reports from a protest at an ICE office in our area... and, Virginia Public Radio explores an area in Bath County that the Nature Conservancy hopes will become friendlier to songbirds... VPR also has the story of the push for environmental justice in the opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

WMRA Daily 6/29/18

Jun 29, 2018

We go into a courtroom where the cases of migrants are being heard… The maker of OxyContin says it is disappointed that Virginia is suing it over the opioid crisis… One group’s challenge to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline involves race and environmental justice….

WMRA Daily 6/28/18

Jun 28, 2018

Another teenager, now living in California, is speaking out about abuse he alleges he suffered at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center… The man accused of killing Heather Heyer during last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is charged with a hate crime, and he could face the death penalty… The number of songbirds in Virginia is falling, but what’s being done about it?

WMRA Daily 6/27/18

Jun 27, 2018

A federal court says 11 legislative districts in Virginia were illegally gerrymandered, and must be redrawn by November… Democratic lawmakers nationwide are demanding explanations from the federal government after allegations of abuse at a Valley juvenile detention center… Where can kids struggling with their gender identities go for help in Virginia?

WMRA Daily 6/26/18

Jun 26, 2018

Protesters rally outside of Harrisonburg’s ICE office... A Bath county couple invites a few hundred of their closest friends to camp out on their property, to stop the advance of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… How UVa has become a hub for transgender people seeking medical care….

WMRA Daily 6/25/18

Jun 25, 2018

Ralliers gather to protest alleged abuse of migrant children at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center… As the governor orders a state investigation, the head of the facility says the charges are unfounded… A restaurant in Lexington sparks a national debate after asking White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to leave….

On this week's Second Look, we revisit Jessie Knadler's original reporting from last year on conditions at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, which suddenly got a lot more attention this week... and, Jordy Yager explores how the descendants of the enslaved at Monticello and Montpelier are finally making their voices heard.

WMRA Daily 6/22/18

Jun 22, 2018

Governor Northam orders an investigation into allegations of abuse at the juvenile center near Staunton… As the battle over immigration policy continues, Northam stands by his decision to recall National Guard troops from the border, and Senator Tim Kaine say reform is desperately needed….

WMRA Daily 6/21/18

Jun 21, 2018

More allegations of physical abuse of immigrant children at a detention center near Staunton come to light… A new lawsuit seeks to overturn Virginia's abortion laws, some of them decades old… Former U-V-A student Martese Johnson gets a big settlement resulting from his violent arrest by ABC agents in 2015….

WMRA Daily 6/20/18

Jun 20, 2018

Virginia's governor is among those pulling National Guard troops from the border with Mexico because of Trump's immigration policy…  A judge rules against Charlottesville officials over documents related to the city’s Confederate monuments decision…  A new state law aims to end the practice of long-term school suspensions….

WMRA Daily 6/19/18

Jun 19, 2018

A grade school in Richmond will get rid of its name recognizing a Confederate general, and replace it with that of President Barack Obama… A college accrediting board raises a warning for the financial health of Sweet Briar College… Virginia is devoting more money to prevent unintended pregnancies….

WMRA Daily 6/18/18

Jun 18, 2018

Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline plan to use a steel sculpture to physically block the project's construction… The Koch brothers say they won’t support Corey Stewart in his challenge to Senator Tim Kaine… Descendants of those enslaved by Thomas Jefferson find their voice at Monticello….

WMRA Daily 6/13/18

Jun 13, 2018

In Tuesday's primaries, Trump loyalist Corey Stewart was selected by Republican voters to challenge incumbent Tim Kaine… The fall’s congressional races in our area will feature lots of women candidates, another possible reaction to Trump’s presidency….

Primary Election Results

Jun 12, 2018
Virginia Places

In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Corey Stewart has beaten Nick Freitas (45% to 43%) with 99% of precincts reporting.  Stewart will run against Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine.  In each of four Congressional districts in the WMRA area, Democratic women will challenge Republican candidates.

WMRA Daily 6/12/18

Jun 12, 2018

The nursing home resident who died Sunday after he fell into a creek is identified -- he was an Army veteran… Polls are open today in Virginia primary elections…  And we have a look at the role of absentee ballots….

WMRA Daily 6/11/18

Jun 11, 2018

A nursing home resident is dead after falling into a creek in Charlottesville… S&P reaffirms Virginia’s Triple-A bond rating, and that’s important for lower interest rate borrowing… A big reason is the two-year budget deal lawmakers reached this month – that deal expanded Medicaid in Virginia, so now that’s the law, what’s next?

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Bonnie Barrineau explores the history of the private endowment that launched Winchester's public school system -- but given Virginia's history of racially segregated schools... it's complicated.  Jessie Knadler previews the big annual music festivals setting up again this summer.  Bob Leweke gets insight from JMU's Bob Roberts on this week's Virginia primaries.  And, analyst Jeff Shapiro weighs in, too!

WMRA Daily 6/8/18

Jun 8, 2018

The couple killed by last week’s floodwaters in Albemarle County has been identified… May’s record rainfalls have devastated some Virginia crops… Summer is music festival time, and we have a preview…

WMRA Daily 6/7/18

Jun 7, 2018

Thursday is the day that Medicaid expansion becomes the law in Virginia… Legislators from Virginia continue their fight against Trump’s off-shore drilling plans... We preview the candidates for Congress in next Tuesday’s Virginia primary election….

Virginia Places

Virginians will go to the polls for primary elections Tuesday, June 12th.  Four congressional seats are at play in the WMRA listening area.  And U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will also be on the ballot this fall – three GOP candidates are vying to unseat him.  JMU political science professor Bob Roberts joined WMRA's Bob Leweke to provide some perspective.

WMRA Daily 6/6/18

Jun 6, 2018

Search crews find the remains of a woman swept away by flood waters near Ivy last week… Three Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters are arrested in West Virginia after chaining themselves to construction equipment… A look at the mixed picture for higher ed funding in the new state budget….

WMRA Daily 6/5/18

Jun 5, 2018

Rescue crews continue their search for a missing motorist nearly a week after last week's floods… The family of the unarmed, naked man shot by a Richmond police officer last month is now demanding reforms… We look back at the private endowment that created Winchester’s public school system….

WMRA Daily 6/4/18

Jun 4, 2018

Nelson County Distillery owner Denver Riggleman is Republicans’ choice for the 5th district…  Another woman is found dead after last week’s floods… In addition to Medicaid expansion, last week’s budget also features more money for teachers….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports on a coalition of religious groups in the Valley pushing to reduce various fees, sometimes called "keep fees," that they say are a burden to the families of those in local jails... Jordy Yager went to Ghana with a group from Charlottesville in May, and came back with lessons for our own history of enslaving people... Jessie Knadler surveys the field of candidates vying to replace Bob Goodlatte... And, we review a big week in Virginia politics.

WMRA Daily 6/1/18

Jun 1, 2018

One person is dead due to flooding, and two others are missing after Thursday's storms in Virginia… The state Supreme Court rejects a challenge to Virginia’s 2011 redistricting… We follow a recent trip to Ghana to learn more about the slave trade, and how to better teach its history….

WMRA Daily 5/31/18

May 31, 2018

All it needs is the governor’s signature, and Medicaid expansion will be the law in Virginia… The Fifth District will have a new GOP nominee for Congress this weekend… A religious coalition in the Valley is fighting for local reform in the criminal justice system….

WMRA Daily 5/30/18

May 30, 2018

Virginia is on the verge of becoming the 33rd state to pass Medicaid expansion --- giving health insurance to 400,000 low-income Virginians… Several Republicans are showing interest in running for the Fifth District seat being vacated by Tom Garrett…. We meet the candidates running for the Sixth District seat that Bob Goodlatte is leaving….

WMRA Daily 5/29/18

May 29, 2018

Fifth District Republican Tom Garrett drops his re-election bid, and says he is struggling with alcoholism… The General Assembly returns to Richmond, and part of the budget may be more money for K-12 education….

WMRA Daily 5/28/18

May 28, 2018

Protests continue in Richmond over the police killing of an unarmed man… Another Charlottesville official is forced out in the wake of last August's violent white supremacist rally… That old sweater you’re no longer wearing just might make the world a better place….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz tours an old home, soon to be a new museum -- it was built by former slaves in Harrisonburg in 1895... Calvin Pynn tracks the changes in Scouting, in evidence at a Scout tradition -- the pinewood derby... Peter Jump tags along with a doctor who may represent a return to the "house call" tradition... and, Jessie Knadler meets the wordsmiths behind the clever new electronic safety signs you've probably seen on the Interstate.

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