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 5/24/18

May 24, 2018

Harrisonburg has no plans to collect recyclables at the curb again, so residents will have to throw it in the trash, or haul it away themselves… Harrisonburg is also a designated refugee resettlement area, but it’s seeing a lot fewer placements in the Trump era… Are house calls coming back?  As America ages, some experts say more doctors will be caring for patients in their homes….

WMRA Daily 5/23/18

May 23, 2018

Two toddlers have died in separate gun accidents in Virginia… A federal judge has sided with Gavin Grimm… We attend a time-honored scouting tradition, a pinewood derby race, raising awareness of local kids in single-family homes….

WMRA Daily 5/22/18

May 22, 2018

Charlottesville’s first African-American woman police chief takes office next month… A third man is guilty in the beating of DeAndre Harris… In Northeast Harrisonburg, a group is working to restore a house built by former slaves….

WMRA Daily 5/21/18

May 21, 2018

State Delegate Ben Cline is Republicans' choice to run for the seat Bob Goodlatte has held for 25 years... Washington & Lee University will keep Lee’s name, despite renewed controversy over the Confederate general… We take a look at the opioid crisis in Waynesboro, and how it reflects a statewide problem….

On this week's Second Look, Jessie Knadler checks out the "best little general store in Middlebrook," Christopher Clymer Kurtz explores the role of service dogs, and with Memorial Day approaching, Scott Lowe rides along the highway with Virginia's Safety Service Patrol... and, we dip our toes into Virginia's political week.

WMRA Daily 5/18/18

May 18, 2018

Two Nelson County residents are accused in the overdose deaths of a mother and daughter… A lawsuit claims that Virginia uses its "habitual drunkard" law to punish homeless alcoholics… Leaders in the House of Delegates are betting that by the time they convene next week, the Senate will have passed a budget, but what are the odds?

WMRA Daily 5/17/18

May 17, 2018

A federal agency says construction may go forward on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, as long as the builders can explain how they’re protecting wildlife… Environmentalists beg to differ… We’ll have a look at the species they’re concerned about… Meanwhile, the Mountain Valley Pipeline is cited for erosion problems….

WMRA Daily 5/16/18

May 16, 2018

A federal appeals court halts construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but Dominion says they will keep building anyway... Charlottesville may hire an African-American woman as its next police chief, that would be a first… With no agreement on the budget in sight, Virginia’s Senate will meet next week to continue negotiations….

WMRA Daily 5/15/18

May 15, 2018

The number of homeless children and adults in the Valley is up...  Meanwhile, Virginians are giving less to charity than a few years ago…  The House passed a budget, now it’s the Senate’s turn, but will Medicaid expansion be part of the bargain for Virginians?

WMRA Daily 5/14/18

May 14, 2018

The brother of the accused school shooter in Parkland is moving to Staunton… Republicans in the House criticize Republicans in the Senate for foot-dragging on the state budget… Lawmakers are in Richmond this week to figure out what to do with decades of pollution from coal mining….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager rides along with postal workers, fighting hunger in their communities one neighborhood at a time... Emily Richardson-Lorente surveys HPV vaccinations in Virginia, and the consequences of not getting the vaccine... We also survey Virginia politics for the week.

WMRA Daily 5/11/18

May 11, 2018

Mother-daughter anti-pipeline tree sitters visit supporters in Harrisonburg… A Rockingham County deputy is cleared of charges after shooting a suspect in Timberville… Health insurance premiums in Virginia could skyrocket next year….

WMRA Daily 5/10/18

May 10, 2018

A Baltimore KKK member will be allowed to leave Virginia while awaiting sentencing… Virginia’s attorney general sues a Madison service dog company… Three years after nearly shutting down, more students are showing interest in Sweet Briar College….

WMRA Daily 5/9/18

May 9, 2018

A KKK leader is sentenced for his role in last August’s violent rally in Charlottesville… Rockingham County deputies shot a man who fired at them…  Virginia begins to address its high eviction rate….

WMRA Daily 5/8/18

May 8, 2018

The mother-daughter pair of tree protesters recently forced out take their protest to Charlottesville… Nine months after a torch-lit white supremacist rally, UVa says anyone not affiliated with the university must get approval before speaking on campus…  State regulators reject Dominion’s renewable energy plan….

WMRA Daily 5/7/18

May 7, 2018

The governing body at Virginia’s largest university resolves to put a stop to the kind of faculty-hiring agreements recently discovered with the Koch Foundation…  A new study finds that most civil defendants go into Virginia’s general district courts without a lawyer, and they usually lose… A decade after the Great Recession, one economic indicator is still lagging behind….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler finds a cruise line that caters to families who have kids with autism, and Jordy Yager takes a look at everyday life for such families who lack resources.  Those are the final two installments of our series on autism.  Also, Christopher Clymer Kurtz digs into the garden with Harrisonburg school kids, and visits a non-profit clinic hoping to do even more for expectant mothers.

WMRA Daily 5/4/18

May 4, 2018

A second man faces up to 20 years in prison for the beating of DeAndre Harris… As the NRA meets in Dallas, Democratic lawmakers in Virginia hold their task force on gun safety this weekend… For the first time, the number of lobbyists in Virginia politics has topped 1,000….

WMRA Daily 5/3/18

May 3, 2018

One GOP candidate vying to replace Bob Goodlatte has filed a federal election complaint against one of his rivals for the nomination… Virginia’s attorney general says one in five Virginians may have been affected by the big privacy breach at Facebook… One Harrisonburg clinic fills the gap in prenatal care for anyone who needs the service, regardless of insurance coverage….

WMRA Daily 5/2/18

May 2, 2018

The man charged in the beating of DeAndre Harris during last August’s violent rally in Charlottesville has been found guilty… Dominion says it will generate more solar power in the coming years… And the governor’s office says Virginia will continue to protect the public from coal ash, even as the EPA rolls back its regulations….

WMRA Daily 5/1/18

May 1, 2018

Absentee voting has begun in Virginia leading up to the June primary election… Your local public radio station is still here, but local newspapers across the Old Dominion are shutting down… We wrap up our series on autism with a look at the challenges of parenting a child with autism, on a very limited budget….

WMRA Daily 4/30/18

Apr 30, 2018

The organizer of last summer’s white supremacist rally defends himself against a U-V-A ban, as students rally against him… state environmental officials open up a comment period for the public to weigh in, again, on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager adds the next installment of our series on autism, with a look at how first responders -- cops, firefighters, rescue workers -- train to deal with people with the spectrum disorder.  Also, Jessie Knadler tells the story of the Shark Tank -style competition in Lexington for local entrepreneurs....

WMRA Daily 4/20/18

Apr 20, 2018

The three Republicans vying to challenge Senator Tim Kaine this fall meet in another debate… Virginia will get nearly $10 million to fight the opioid battle… How do first responders – cops, fire fighters and so on – train to deal with, and serve, people with autism?

WMRA Daily 4/19/18

Apr 19, 2018

White supremacist propaganda sprinkled around Charlottesville neighborhoods… some Democrats in the General Assembly are calling on the governor to hit the brakes on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines…  Could the answer for Puerto Rico be solar power?  A local benefit concert is raising money toward that end….

WMRA Daily 4/18/18

Apr 18, 2018

The Republican-led House of Delegates approves its version of the state budget, again expanding Medicaid to low-income Virginians… Next week, high school students are encouraged to register to vote… You have an extra day to file your federal taxes, and we’ll take a look at the tax burden that Virginians bear….

WMRA Daily 4/17/18

Apr 17, 2018

The photographer who captured the moment a terrorist plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville last August has won the Pulitzer Prize for his work… those severe storms on Sunday may have contributed to a small plane crash, and the pilot’s death, in Crozet… and, a Shark Tank-like competition comes to Lexington….

WMRA Daily 4/16/18

Apr 16, 2018

Parts of Virginia suffer damage from the thunderstorms that rolled through Sunday night… Just as the Tom Tom Founders Fest begins to wind down, a statue of Thomas Jefferson is vandalized on the UVa campus… Senator Tim Kaine says he will vote against Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler brings us two animal-related stories: the third in our series on autism, with a look at animal therapies... and, goat yoga.  'Nuff said.  Christopher Clymer Kurtz also gets in on the animal act with his deep report on reactions to Harrisonburg's decision to reject Anicira's bid to take over shelter services from SPCA.

WMRA Daily 4/13/18

Apr 13, 2018

Those monster fee increases proposed last year for Shenandoah National Park and others?  Yeah, not so much… The admission fee is going up $5, not $40… Is Republican Congressman Dave Brat in Virginia’s 7th District in danger from a possible blue wave?  We also explore how useful animals can be in therapies for children with autism….

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