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 "rock & soul" cover band.  You can follow him on Twitter @WMRAnews.

WMRA Daily 2/8/21

Feb 8, 2021

Governor Northam wants all schools in Virginia to at least give students the option of in-person instruction, by mid-March…  Meanwhile, Friday was Crossover Day in the General Assembly, and we have a review of the final bills each chamber approved…  You may be getting restless for spring, and soon so will the bears, and we have some advice in case you encounter one….

WMRA Daily 2/5/21

Feb 5, 2021

Planning a trip to Shenandoah National Park?  Under new rules, you’ll need a mask when you get out of your car…  As Governor Northam extends this year’s legislative session, lawmakers were busy again Thursday, and we have a General Assembly update…  The pandemic has been bad for humans, but actually very good for our feathered friends at the bird feeder….

Pendleton Co. schools are on a 2-hour delay today.

WMRA Daily 2/4/21

Feb 4, 2021

A COVID-19 variant from the U.K. that is more easily spread, and may be resistant to vaccines, has been found in someone living in northwest Virginia – the fourth such case in the state…  In the General Assembly, a bill requiring employers to report COVID-19 outbreaks advances…  The state Senate votes to abolish the death penalty, with Republicans, including Harrisonburg Senator Mark Obenshain, opposed…

WMRA Daily 2/3/21

Feb 3, 2021

After ranking almost dead last in the nation in vaccine distribution in January, Virginia has markedly improved its shot delivery game…  In the General Assembly, a flurry of bills getting passed this week, including measures that would expand SNAP benefits, abolish the death penalty, and require schools to make both virtual and in-person learning available to students….

WMRA Daily 2/2/21

Feb 2, 2021

This Friday is Crossover Day in Virginia’s General Assembly, the deadline for each house to act on its own legislation…  We’ve got an update on the flurry of bills moving through both chambers….  Meanwhile, far right state Senator Amanda Chase sues to undo the censure of colleagues she received last week….

WMRA Daily 2/1/21

Feb 1, 2021

Virginia is finally beginning to improve its COVID-19 vaccine distribution, after a clunky rollout…  Residents of Buckingham County are worried about the environmental impacts that a potential gold mine will have there, and one delegate is proposing a bill to protect them…  Meanwhile in the General Assembly bills to abolish the death penalty and provide LGBTQ protections advance, while those restoring parole and getting rid of qualified immunity are killed….

WMRA Daily 1/29/21

Jan 29, 2021

Senator Tim Kaine, anticipating Republicans’ refusal to convict former President Trump, is preparing a censure resolution…  It looks like a delay in census data will throw a wrench into Virginia’s House of Delegates elections this year…  In a follow-up report, we explore how Harrisonburg-area schools continue to fight racial segregation….

WMRA Daily 1/28/21

Jan 28, 2021

Governor Northam announces changes to Virginia’s vaccine distribution, as frustration mounts over the slow roll-out, and local hospitals say control over the next phase is out of their hands…  Virginia’s Senate censures radical right Senator Amanda Chase…  Harrisonburg-area officials push back on a study citing increasing racial segregation in local schools….

WMRA Daily 1/27/21

Jan 27, 2021

According to one study, Virginia ranks next-to-last in the country for COVID-19 distribution…  In the General Assembly, Charlottesville’s delegate sponsors a bill to end coal tax credits…  A Republican who now lives in Charlottesville joins the field of candidates for governor….

WMRA Daily 1/26/21

Jan 26, 2021

That new variant of the coronavirus first found in the U.K. has been found in Northern Virginia, and almost two dozen other states in the U.S…  Crews install fencing around the giant Lee statue in Richmond, in anticipation of the state Supreme Court’s permission to take it down…  Meanwhile, in the General Assembly, a bill to end mandatory minimum sentences in Virginia clears its first committee hurdle….

WMRA Daily 1/25/21

Jan 25, 2021

It could be months before those in the next phase of vaccinations get their shots…  Meanwhile, the holiday surge of new COVID-19 cases has slowed…  Protesters demand the release of body-cam footage of the police killing of a Charlottesville man…  We have a General Assembly update….

WMRA Daily 1/20/21

Jan 20, 2021

The top Republican in the House of Delegates, who represents part of the Shenandoah Valley, defends his GOP colleagues who supported President Trump’s lies about the election, and in doing so repeats the false information that there were widespread discrepancies in the voting…  Meanwhile, the state Senate moves to censure Senator Amanda Chase for her role…  Marijuana is on a path to legalization in Virginia, but there are lots of details to work out first….

WMRA Daily 1/19/21

Jan 19, 2021

Senior citizens, teachers, and police and fire fighters in the Shenandoah Valley are among those who can now start getting COVID-19 vaccines, as the Central Shenandoah Health District moves into the next phase of distribution...  Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and several hundred people in Lexington marked the day by honoring the lives, especially Black and brown lives, lost to COVID-19 and racial violence…  We have a review of activity in the General Assembly….

WMRA Daily 1/18/21

Jan 18, 2021

Virginia sets a new record, nearly 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 in one day, as we wait for the next phase of vaccines…  Meanwhile, the outbreak at the Middle River Regional Jail is slowing, but not yet under control…  For the first time on a traditional day for Virginians to have access to their legislators, roads in the city of Richmond are closed today for security reasons….

WMRA Daily 1/15/21

Jan 15, 2021

Every single resident at one nursing home in Staunton has contracted COVID-19, and more than a dozen there have died, as a new report highlights how the virus is raging at nursing homes across Virginia…  Meanwhile, Governor Northam says the state is speeding up vaccine distribution… And the General Assembly, in its first week, starts working on the problem of illegal evictions, and the censure of a radical right-wing Republican state senator….

WMRA Daily 1/14/21

Jan 14, 2021

Virginia’s Democrats and Republicans split on impeachment in the U.S. House…  Meanwhile, in Richmond, the General Assembly is back in session…  House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn strips committee assignments from three Republicans, including two from the WMRA area, for their vocal support for overturning November's election results, and one of those delegates was part of the mob on January 6th….

WMRA Daily 1/13/21

Jan 13, 2021

UVa’s Medical Center bans most visitors due to the threat of COVID-19…  As the General Assembly convenes, one measure might tighten oversight of Dominion Energy, but dealing with the pandemic will likely dominate much of the session…  Meanwhile, officials will close Capitol Square in Richmond to the public on Monday, that’s traditionally a day for constituents to lobby lawmakers, known as “lobby day”….

WMRA Daily 1/12/21

Jan 12, 2021

Richmond is now under an indefinite state of emergency, as the General Assembly gets ready to convene, and we have a preview of the session…  Meanwhile, all of the Democrats in Virginia’s congressional delegation back Trump’s impeachment…  Leaders encourage Americans to stay away from the nation’s capital on Inauguration Day….

WMRA Daily 1/11/21

Jan 11, 2021

As health districts elsewhere plan to begin the next phase of vaccinations, we had a record high in new COVID-19 cases in Virginia over the weekend, and the Shenandoah Valley continues to be a hotspot for the virus…  State Democratic lawmakers call for Amanda Chase’s resignation after she attended the run-up to last week’s insurrection at the Capitol, and some in the state’s congressional delegation are considering several paths to removing President Trump from office…  High school basketball teams in our area started playing games last week in a season shortened and restricted by the pandemic….

WMRA Daily 1/8/21

Jan 8, 2021

Senator Mark Warner calls for a full investigation into the failure of police and federal officials to protect the U.S. Capitol from Wednesday’s pro-Trump mob…  Although Representative Ben Cline has declined to talk with us, Virginia Public Radio managed to get two other Virginia Republicans to talk on the record, defending their votes opposing certification of Joe Biden’s win…  We review the week in Virginia politics with Jeff Shapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch….

WMRA Daily 1/7/21

Jan 7, 2021

Virginia lawmakers, Democratic and Republican, condemn the Trump-incited mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, but hours after the violence Representative Ben Cline still voted to oppose Joe Biden’s win in two states…  Governor Northam lays out a roadmap for next steps in Virginia’s slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines…  A panel of judges selects eight citizen members of the redistricting commission, and none of them are from the WMRA region….

WMRA Daily 1/6/21

Jan 6, 2021

Sixth district Representative Ben Cline says he will join the group of far right Republicans opposing certification of Joe Biden's presidential win during a joint session of Congress…  When the General Assembly meets next week, lawmakers will resume an ongoing debate over paid sick days…  This year’s session is supposed to be just 30 days long, but can legislators end it on time?

WMRA Daily 1/5/21

Jan 5, 2021

As coronavirus shots get dispensed to healthcare workers and nursing residents, Virginia ranks near last in the nation in getting available vaccines out…  The General Assembly convenes for its 2021 session next week, and Republicans aren’t happy that Delegates will be meeting virtually…  Even before last year’s omnibus police reform bill passed in Richmond, Charlottesville had already begun to form a police civilian review board…  So how’s that going now?

WMRA Daily 1/4/21

Jan 4, 2021

Virginia passes a grim milestone to begin the new year – more than 5,000 Virginians have died from COVID-19…  A state senator is the first lawmaker in Virginia to die from the disease…  State lawmakers narrow down the pool of applicants for the citizen spots on the new redistricting commission from more than 1,200 to 62….

WMRA Daily 1/1/21

Jan 1, 2021

As nursing home vaccinations begin, the governor says all long-term care residents and staff could get at least the first dose this month…  The General Assembly meets again this month, and we have a preview…  New Virginia laws in effect in the new year include no driving with a cellphone in your hand, and new training requirements when you apply for a concealed handgun….

WMRA Daily 12/31/20

Dec 31, 2020

COVID-19 vaccine distribution is slower than promised around the country, and that includes Virginia, but officials say that will improve…  Meanwhile, more people in the state are hospitalized with the virus than at any time since the pandemic began…  The pool of applicants for eight citizen spots on the redistricting commission is huge – about 1200 people, but that pool doesn’t represent Virginia’s diversity very well….

WMRA Daily 12/30/20

Dec 30, 2020

A local hemp company will invest millions for a new plant in Elkton, and that’s expected to create two dozen jobs…  The sister of a man killed by Richmond police says she’ll run for governor as a third-party candidate…  Virginia has changed a lot in the last decade, and we have a preview of what the 2020 census might tell us….

WMRA Daily 12/29/20

Dec 29, 2020

Louisa County High School gets a big check from the government to start a cybersecurity academy…  When Virginia’s minimum wage begins going up next year, farm workers will get left out…  In a follow-up report, we explore what UVa researchers think political leaders need to do to heal America’s political divide….

WMRA Daily 12/28/20

Dec 28, 2020

The surge of coronavirus cases in December continues, and Harrisonburg still ranks as one of the most intense areas of infection…  Starting Saturday, hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants in Virginia will be able to start signing up for the chance to drive legally…  A new UVa study explores the depth of America’s political divide….