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 10/12/18

13 hours ago

Michael spawned at least one tornado as it churned through Virginia as a tropical storm, and there were still flood warnings on Friday morning… Is the 5th District, covering a big area including Charlottesville, competitive this year?...  A Harrisonburg criminal justice board meets next week, and community activists intend to make their voices heard in favor of reforms….

WMRA Daily 10/11/18

Oct 11, 2018

The remnants of Michael come to Virginia, and as with Florence, we’re watching the threat of flooding and tornadoes…  A federal grand jury has indicted four California men on charges in connection with the 2017 rallies in Charlottesville...  We take a look at the third-party candidate for Senate you probably haven’t heard of, plus a look at the down-ballot effect of Corey Stewart’s campaign….

WMRA Daily 10/10/18

Oct 10, 2018

The motorcyclist killed early Monday on I-81 was not wearing a helmet as required by state law – state police identified him Tuesday… Staunton residents may now vote online to help rename the city's public high school… Halloween approaches, so we have a preview of some local haunt and scare providers….

WMRA Daily 10/9/18

Oct 9, 2018

Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton will get a new name – we don’t know what yet, but it will no longer be named after the Confederacy’s commanding general… A woman from Guatemala seeks sanctuary in a church in Charlottesville… Former Republican leader Eric Cantor pays a visit to JMU….

WMRA Daily 10/8/18

Oct 8, 2018

More delays for the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia...  Got mosquito bites?  Virginia health officials have identified a record number of human West Nile virus cases in the state this year...  We talk with author William Geroux about the unusual sacrifice made by families in Matthews, Virginia during World War II – Geroux is this month’s Books & Brews featured author….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Andrew Jenner has the latest on efforts to make hemp, and money off hemp production and sale, a reality... Christopher Clymer Kurtz, who began our coverage of hemp last year, has a look at local participants in this weekend's National Solar Tour... and Marguerite Gallorini has the details on the "Farm to School" week in Charlottesville city schools...

WMRA Daily 10/5/18

Oct 5, 2018

A Goochland County Republican gets called out for tweeting what he said was a joke about shooting protesters… Local homes and businesses open up for the National Solar Tour… It was Farm to School week for city schools in Charlottesville….

WMRA Daily 10/4/18

Oct 4, 2018

The latest poll shows Democratic challenger Jennifer Wexton leading GOP incumbent Barbara Comstock in the 10th… Health officials say flu season has begun, and it’s time to get your shot… Your local tax dollars are helping to pay for federal immigration enforcement….

WMRA Daily 10/3/18

Oct 3, 2018

Federal agents arrest four more men for being “serial rioters” at last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville… Republican Corey Stewart and Democrat Tim Kaine meet in Richmond for their final debate… Hemp is poised for a comeback in Virginia – maybe….

WMRA Daily 10/2/18

Oct 2, 2018

Former Charlottesville police chief Al Thomas resigned last December – and he’s still drawing his salary… Will some of Virginia’s new online sales tax windfall go to local schools?...  How does Virginia’s gender gap in pay compare to the national average?

WMRA Daily 10/1/18

Oct 1, 2018

Some schools in Augusta County will soon be solar-powered… Four people are hurt, three of them badly, when a car rear-ends a horse-drawn buggy in Buckingham County… Is Virginia’s business climate losing ground to other states because of our antiquated tax policy?

On this week's Second Look, even though the whole thing is not officially affiliated with the world of Harry Potter out of deference to Warner Brothers, at the  Queen City Mischief & Magic Festival in Staunton, people still play a game suspiciously like Quidditch, and there’s surely a Hagrid or two walking around as well.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has the story of how the festival came about.  Also, researchers at UVA say they may have found a cure for macular degeneration, and Marguerite Gallorini has that report.

WMRA Daily 9/27/18

Sep 27, 2018

Staunton will be the site of a new medical cannabis dispensary… Amidst the fight in Richmond over gerrymandering, the question remains – could we just hand redistricting over to a computer?... It’s not called the Potter Party anymore, but it’s still the same magical festival of brooms, owls and wizards in Staunton this weekend….

WMRA Daily 9/26/18

Sep 26, 2018

More turmoil for pipeline developers, as a federal court again halts work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and projected costs for the Mountain Valley Pipeline increase by nearly 25%... After sharp criticism, Virginia suspends its plan to bar women from wearing tampons or menstrual cups during prison visits….

WMRA Daily 9/25/18

Sep 25, 2018

Waynesboro City Council has voted to allow the city to sue opioid manufacturers… Women who visit inmates at Virginia prisons will be barred from wearing tampons or menstrual cups, over concerns about contraband…  Jennifer Lewis challenges Ben Cline to one more debate….

WMRA Daily 9/24/18

Sep 24, 2018

Richmond rejects a rural school district’s application to arm teachers in school… Have UVa researchers found a cure for macular degeneration?... We visit one resort in Bath County with a mission to save the land and water around it….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz has the latest on projects aimed at dealing with decades of mercury contamination in Waynesboro, and we also take a look back at how the mercury got there in the first place.

WMRA Daily 9/21/18

Sep 21, 2018

It’s voting season in Virginia -- absentee voting for the November elections begins today… Candidates for the competitive 5th Congressional District meet in rural Madison County for a debate… The price tag for state police on the August 12th anniversary in Charlottesville – more than $3 million….

WMRA Daily 9/20/18

Sep 20, 2018

Meteorologists confirm that Florence spawned eight tornadoes in Virginia on Monday, most of them around Richmond… A judge in West Virginia orders a temporary halt to construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline there… DuPont is committed to $50 million in restoration projects because of mercury pollution in Waynesboro – we’ll take a look at some of the projects….

WMRA Daily 9/19/18

Sep 19, 2018

A second person is dead from the effects of Florence, swept away by flash flooding in Louisa County… The Charlottesville SPCA helps out some stranded four-legged victims of Florence in North Carolina… Virginia’s coal industry is in free-fall….

WMRA Daily 9/18/18

Sep 18, 2018

Federal officials say construction may resume on the Atlantic Coast pipeline… A Florence-related tornado kills one person near Richmond… Sixth District candidates Cline and Lewis meet in their first debate….

WMRA Daily 9/17/18

Sep 17, 2018

What remains of Florence hits our area, and the threat from flash flooding is real… The University of Virginia's new president says he's concerned about underpaid staff, but will UVA workers see a living wage anytime soon?... The Middlebrook General Store finally closes its doors….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Andrew Jenner learns how civil rights activist Dr. Gerald Durley became a climate activist... our Program Director Chris Boros gets the skinny on the story of a honky-tonk near Winchester and a country music legend (September's Books & Brews!)... a Virginia Public Radio story about the enslaved woman near Richmond who, with her children, fled to freedom 155 years ago... and, did you really heed all the recommendations to prepare for Hurricane Florence?  Plus, Virginia politics!

WMRA Daily 9/14/18

Sep 14, 2018

Shelter in place, says Governor Ralph Northam as Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina… We hope you’re ready for the storm, but we also take a look at some research that shows we’re not that good at preparing… Ten years after the Great Recession began, Virginians’ incomes have finally recovered, sort of….

WMRA Daily 9/13/18

Sep 13, 2018

Dominion gets a judicial pass after dumping arsenic into the water… State Republicans say they still plan to obey a court order and redraw gerrymandered districts… Hurricane Florence weakens, and shifts – we have the latest….

Governor Ralph Northam's office released the following statement regarding preparation for Hurricane Florence...

WMRA Daily 9/12/18

Sep 12, 2018

Federal and state emergencies declared in advance of Florence, and some local governments have declared states of emergency, too… Both of Virginia’s senators say they will vote “no” on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court… We meet a longtime civil rights activist – now a climate change activist – who says the two struggles are one and the same….

WMRA Daily 9/11/18

Sep 11, 2018

Governor Northam orders a mandatory evacuation of parts of Eastern Virginia, as Hurricane Florence gets closer... Opponents of a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Buckingham County expect a strong showing at a public hearing… A watchdog agency says Virginia’s elections systems have problems – will they be ready for November?

Virginia Department of Health

Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.

WMRA Daily 9/10/18

Sep 10, 2018

Two Charlottesville officers and a suspect have been injured in a gun fight…. Governor Ralph Northam declares a state of emergency as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast... The Charlottesville PRIDE festival is getting underway – we have a preview….