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 9/7/18

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.

WMRA Daily 8/17/18

Aug 17, 2018

Environmentalists press what they see as an advantage from recent federal decisions, and petition to stop construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… Meanwhile, Sixth District Democratic candidate Jennifer Lewis makes pipeline opposition the centerpiece of her campaign… Declining sight and hearing, but also smell, as we get older?  VCU scientists say they may have a solution….

WMRA Daily 8/16/18

Aug 16, 2018

Khizr Khan and Susan Bro are among notable people from Charlottesville taking part in a new project to fight extremism… Some restive progressives in Virginia’s Democratic party want new leadership... College students aren’t the only age group flocking back to Harrisonburg….

WMRA Daily 8/15/18

Aug 15, 2018

Dozens of Charlottesville residents express frustration to city councilors over the heavy police presence during the August 12th anniversary weekend… The Albemarle area, and lots of other places in Virginia, will soon get more choices for health insurance under the ACA… A new study says that too many families are reluctant to have “the talk” with seniors about their driving….

WMRA Daily 8/14/18

Aug 14, 2018

A state probe concludes that the current treatment of detainees at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center does not amount to abuse or neglect… The son of Sixth District Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte splits harshly with his father on Twitter… Virginia has mostly recovered from the Great Recession, but this recovery is different….

WMRA Daily 8/13/18

Aug 13, 2018

Court rulings against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and now an order by the main federal regulator to stop construction...  It was mostly peaceful in Charlottesville over the anniversary weekend – we have reports from the city and the UVa grounds….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente pays a visit with Charlottesville residents as they plan for the first anniversary of a violent white supremacist rally, and we check in with some of the victims of the car terror attack on August 12 that killed Heather Heyer.... Jordy Yager's coverage of a violent summer there won the Virginia Association of Broadcasters first-place award for Outstanding News Series in 2017, and Jessie Knadler won first place for Best Human Interest Series for her two profiles in our Women of Interest series.  We'll hear them again.

WMRA Daily 8/10/18

Aug 10, 2018

A federal court says time is running out for state Republicans to redraw the state’s legislative map… Charlottesville is forgiving more than $80,000 loaned to its former city manager… Meanwhile, the city’s residents, students and businesses are preparing for a weekend anniversary of violence….

WMRA Daily 8/9/18

Aug 9, 2018

A Harrisonburg woman and her granddaughter are still missing… Governor Northam and the city of Charlottesville declare states of emergency leading up to this weekend’s anniversary… We take a deep look at preparations in Charlottesville….

WMRA Daily 8/8/18

Aug 8, 2018

A medical college is assessing how Virginia’s Medicaid expansion will work for hospitals, insurers -- and patients… New industrial jobs are coming to the Valley… Dominion plans a new wind energy project off Virginia’s coast….

WMRA Daily 8/7/18

Aug 7, 2018

Another federal appeals court ruling, another victory for environmentalists, this time over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… Anger erupts among city council members in Charlottesville over planning for the violent rally anniversary, and again over the hiring of an interim city manager… Also, a look at tuition for college – it’s going up again in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 8/6/18

Aug 6, 2018

An 82-year-old Winchester man faces charges after allegedly assaulting officers and using a racial slur… Federal regulators have ordered a stop to a small stretch of the Mountain Valley Pipeline… The good news about last week's tornado in Charlottesville was that nobody got injured. The bad news is that nobody predicted it….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports on a camp for kids who have a parent with cancer... Jordy Yager surveys the mission of M-Cubed... and we replay last year's profile of Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed... Virginia Public Radio has a review of Beth Macy's new book, "Dopesick"... and we go hiking with some young Nature Conservancy recruits.

WMRA Daily 8/3/18

Aug 3, 2018

The weather gets dangerous, as a small tornado touches down in Albemarle County and parts of Lynchburg are evacuated for fear of a dam failure… Virginia’s Attorney General vows to fight Trump administration plans freeze fuel-efficiency requirements… One of our Books & Brews authors has again put her journalism skills to work on a true story that reads like a novel – a look at “Dopesick” by Beth Macy.

WMRA Daily 8/2/18

Aug 2, 2018

A federal court rules in favor of the Mountain Valley Pipeline over environmental concerns about threats to waterways… A Madison County yoga teacher wants to unseat state Senator Emmett Hanger next year… If you want to see a bald eagle released into the wild, today is your chance.