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's Matt Bingay sat down with JMU professor Paul Bogard earlier this week to talk about our modern day problems with light pollution and the solutions our communities might embrace....

Republican Senator Mark Obenshain has a new challenger this fall for his state senate seat representing part of the Shenandoah Valley.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner has the story....

The second part of our series on the arts scene in Staunton focuses on music.  And WMRA’s Luanne Austin takes us there....

Courtesy of the News Leader

Women are a relatively small proportion of the incarcerated population in Virginia.  But that number is growing, and growing faster than the rate of male incarceration.

Since the Dave Matthews Band and before, music is part of the beating heart of Charlottesville.  WMRA's Sefe Emokpae takes us on a tour.... 

Courtesy the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Some of their music videos have more than 1 million views on YouTube.  Not bad for a classical music piano duo.

What if there were a place that existed just to provide space to create?  In this space you could make almost anything you wanted and you could do it alongside other creative innovators. Such places, called "makerspaces," are beginning to crop up in cities all over the United States including Charlottesville and Staunton.

WMRA’s Luanne Austin takes us to Staunton, where, from tiny, out-of-the-way workshops to the better known art galleries, the visual arts play a big role in Staunton’s cultural life, and in the tourist experience....  And, in a replay from October 2014, it turns out that quite a few people have been working pretty hard at growing the arts in Harrisonburg, too, and that goes hand-in-hand with the effort to revitalize downtown....  The four high-schoolers on the championship-winning Rockingham County 4-H Livestock Judging Team are getting ready to compete in Scotland this summer - and developi

Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee visited her alma mater, Eastern Mennonite University, to support an Ebola fundraiser organized by EMU’s International Student Organization.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton was there....  The problem of campus sexual assault gets some attention in the General Assembly, WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports that the proposals are not without controversy....  Kara Lofton filed a two-part report with some advice for how to protect YOUR identity and data online, and on the broader problem faced by businesses and governments....  and we meet Iraqi refugee Husam Abdulazeez, as Andrew

A physician from Middlebrook receives the “Country Doctor of the Year” award at his church in Spotswood.  And, as WMRA's Luanne Austin reports, his second clinic is at a very "high traffic" location....  WMRA’s Andrew Jenner filed a couple of stories on legislation before this session of the General Assembly.  The first regards an issue about which many residents in the path of the proposed Dominion natural-gas pipeline say that they are not being heard when they raise concerns about its effect on their property.  At least two lawmakers in the General Assembly are responding to those concer

The problem of addiction is certainly not a new one.

Wednesday, November 26, power outages knocked our main signal off the air.

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner claimed victory over Republican challenger Ed Gillespie.

Earlier this year Dominion Power Company proposed plans for the construction of a new natural gas pipeline.

You’ve probably seen Brad Sherwood, a regular cast member on the improvised, or improv, TV comedy hit Whose Line Is It Anyway.

Daniel Beaty plays more than 40 characters as a slave ship rises in front of the statue of Liberty in present-day New York City. 

Most of us can remember a week spent as teenagers a little ways from home canoeing, hiking, swimming, playing softball, getting sunburned, and maybe getting homesick.

On Monday, June 30, two Virginia Democrats teamed up with two Virginia Republicans in a hearing into combatting sea level rise along the eastern shore.

With the release of a new report today, Republicans in the House of Delegates drew a firm constitutional line against Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Ed Gillespie is a Republican political strategist, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and was also an advisor to President George W. Bush.

Virginia Public Radio is reporting that the three-month budget impasse has ended. 

The American Liszt Society was founded 50 years ago to honor and promote the music of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, with annual concerts and conferences around the country.

Virginia Senator Mark Warner yesterday called for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

He’s been on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  He’s appeared on Oprah. 

The WMRA Listener Hour

Mar 15, 2014

Tell us why you love public radio on WMRA.

Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia is traveling across the state this week...

The 'Real' Thanksgiving?

Nov 27, 2013

As you plan this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to consider what the Pilgrims really ate.

McAuliffe & Clinton Stumping in Virginia

Oct 29, 2013
Terry Ward

Early Tuesday morning, October 29, 2013, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, along with President Bill Clinton, made a campaign stop at James Madison University in Harrisonburg as part of their “Putting Jobs First” tour.

Future Campaign Stops:

Wednesday, October 30 at 10:45am
Charlottesville
The Paramount Theater
Tickets link: here
 

Since 1987, Skyline Literacy, based in Harrisonburg, has been working with adults who need help with reading and writing skills, applying for their GEDs, and even helping immigrants apply for citizenship.

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