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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.  You can follow him on Twitter @WMRAnews.

  • Students at Charlottesville High join those from nearly 100 schools around Virginia in a protest against Governor Youngkin’s new transgender student policy… The governor declares a state of emergency in preparation for rain and storms from Ian this weekend… The federal government is spending lots of money for domestic semiconductor manufacturing, and Virginia’s universities will benefit….
  • Virginians are taking advantage of the chance to give the Youngkin administration feedback, most of it negative, on a proposed policy for transgender students… Most schools across Virginia are fully accredited, but the governor, and others, say the term has lost its accuracy… With the onset of autumn, another season comes to an end – that of patching roadways….
  • Early numbers show Virginia’s maternal mortality rate more than doubled between 2018 and 2020… Virginians can now share their feedback regarding the governor’s new proposed guidance on transgender students… Good news for fans of autumn colors – because of this summer’s steady rains, foresters say this will be a vibrant season for fall foliage in Virginia….
  • Harrisonburg’s International Festival returns, with music, dance, food and culture… Augusta County officials reveal more details about the courthouse options before voters this fall… Governor Youngkin defends his decision to campaign for election-deniers….
  • Polls are open for Virginians to vote in the November election… Meanwhile, parts of a state Department of Elections Spanish-language website are very out of date… And this week, new school guidelines and new oversight of elections top the political headlines, and Jeff Schapiro will sort it all out….
  • September is Hunger Action Month, and inflation and other problems mean more people are leaning on local food banks for help… A Virginia company says it has a test to help doctors determine which patients are at greatest risk of COVID-19, which is still the third leading cause of death... Virginia Military Institute welcomes its smallest freshman class in years….
  • Virginia Congressman Bob Good is among the far-right Republicans in the House sponsoring a bill that would outlaw providing gender-affirming care for transgender youth… Meanwhile, opponents of Governor Youngkin’s new draft policy for the treatment of transgender students consider their next steps… Virginia’s Senators want to make government approval of pipelines more transparent….
  • The so-called Shopping Cart Killer is indicted on multiple murder and other felony charges… School districts begin reacting to new state guidance on their transgender student policies… Full Disclosure’s Roben Farzad discusses the rising cost of a mortgage, and what’s behind it….
  • The Youngkin administration wants to roll back protections for transgender students in public schools… UVa students get a rebate… A judge dismisses a lawsuit by young people against the commonwealth over fossil fuels and climate change….
  • The latest, updated COVID-19 vaccines are available in Virginia… We meet members of Mennonite Disaster Service, providing relief and hope to disaster victims around the country… As Glenn Youngkin joins other Republican governors calling on President Biden to cancel student loan forgiveness, and the Libertarian Party of Virginia dissolves itself (maybe), we take a look at the week in politics with Jeff Schapiro….