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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.

  • UVa’s athletic foundation creates a scholarship fund in memory of the three student athletes killed in a 2022 shooting… At least three county school boards in the WMRA area have ditched membership in a long-standing school board association, and that created an outcry in Orange County… Ten years after it was proposed, the Mountain Valley Pipeline is now in service….
  • The continuing saga of the company called NEXUS now involves a court-ordered forensic accountant… Next Tuesday is primary day in Virginia, and Jeff Schapiro takes a look at some of the more notable contests… Harrisonburg celebrates World Refugee Day….
  • Virginia has a new state park in Culpeper County, commemorating four major Civil War battles… Craigsville adjusts to the loss of jobs as the Augusta Correctional Center gets set to close for good at the end of the month… Before the Mountain Valley Pipeline begins pumping gas, nearby residents want more information about safety checks….
  • The NAACP sues Shenandoah County’s school board over its renaming of schools for Confederates… Meanwhile, Rockingham County’s school board votes to ditch a lobbying group it deems too liberal… Shenandoah National Park hosts events to promote the stewardship of natural areas….
  • Orange County’s school board ends its affiliation with a statewide school boards association, saying it leans too far to the left… Environmental officials announce evidence of so-called forever chemicals in a creek near Harrisonburg… Virginia considers new regulations on hound hunting to reduce tensions with landowners….
  • Senator Kaine wants more mental health resources for public school students… The General Assembly approved legislation to change the definition of bullying in schools, but the governor vetoed it… Meanwhile, lawmakers are wrangling over a special session to legalize skill games, or at least reform gambling oversight….
  • A Jewish University of Virginia student from Israel says he’s been the victim of antisemitism on Grounds, and he’s filed suit against the school in federal court… The Wildlife Center in Waynesboro takes advantage of Thursday’s World Turtle Day to find homes for a special cohort of rescued patients… A candidate for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Senator Tim Kaine doubles down on his insults of the Staunton News Leader, and that’s among the topics tackled by Jeff Schapiro in our Friday politics chat….
  • After a halting start to construction last year and fierce debate over design materials, Harrisonburg says it’s skatepark design is finalized and the new park will be completed by summer next year… Charlottesville community members join Swords into Plowshares to reclaim a space where a Confederate statue once stood… UVa researchers launch a first-of-a-kind project using cell phone data to better determine how to warn residents of an impending hurricane….
  • After more than a year of debate over the details, Harrisonburg says a final design for a new skatepark is complete, and construction will begin in October.
  • We go on a tour of the annual Wildflower Symposium and the rich natural and cultural history at Wintergreen Resort… Democrats in Richmond tout wins on the environment, even with the governor’s opposition to RGGI… The new state budget includes funding for child advocacy centers….