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 5/29/19

May 29, 2019

Charlottesville police arrest a 14-year-old boy for making an online threat targeting Charlottesville City Schools – but they say schools will be open Wednesday…  The governor signs into law expanded health coverage for kids with autism…  One company in Charlottesville takes a new approach to getting prescriptions on the market….

WMRA Daily 5/28/19

May 28, 2019

Another UVa men's team are national champs, as the Cavaliers lacrosse team defeats Yale…  Sea levels are rising faster than predicted, and we take a look at the threat along Virginia’s coast…  Even as fewer men are farming, more women are taking up the plow….

WMRA Daily 5/27/19

May 27, 2019

Less than a week after Augusta County votes down one big solar company proposal, officials are considering another major facility from a different solar company…  A who's-who of UVa basketball royalty comes out to watch the demolition of U-Hall…   Democrats in Virginia are divided about whether to impeach the president….

WMRA Daily 5/24/19

May 24, 2019

A judge orders state police to release a redacted copy of their operational plans for the deadly 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville…  The special Tony Award that honors educators this year will go to a drama teacher at Monticello High, in part to recognize her work to heal the city since that violence…  Former President Bill Clinton wraps up the three-day Presidential Ideas Festival, sharply criticizing President Trump for dividing the country over Charlottesville….

WMRA Daily 5/23/19

May 23, 2019

The big investigation into who was in that racist photo in Ralph Northam’s yearbook… kind of turned up a big nothingburger, with no real answers… The Augusta County Board of Supervisors rejects a big solar project by one vote…  The Presidential Ideas Festival continues in Charlottesville....

WMRA Daily 5/22/19

May 22, 2019

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli apparently plans to join the Trump administration as a sort of anti-immigration "czar"…  The findings of an investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Governor Ralph Northam will be released today…  And we continue our series on May as “Second Chance Month” for Virginia’s inmates….

WMRA Daily 5/21/19

May 21, 2019

Opening arguments begin in a lawsuit challenging abortion restrictions in Virginia…  Governor Northam returns to Augusta County…  We take a look at the candidates this year who need to play catch up in raising money, now that the General Assembly session is over….

WMRA Daily 5/20/19

May 20, 2019

Harrisonburg police are searching for a man missing since May 10th…  Police charge a Charlottesville man with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of another man along the Rivanna River Trail…  An Ohio man sues white supremacists and neo-Nazis in federal court -- he says he was severely injured during their violent rally in Charlottesville nearly two years ago….

WMRA Daily 5/17/19

May 17, 2019

Harrisonburg City Council moves one step closer to eliminating a controversial fee on inmates at the Rockingham County Jail…  The Middle River Regional Jail will have a new superintendent beginning in June…  Does the brain drain from southwestern and Southside Virginia show signs of reversing?

WMRA Daily 5/16/19

May 16, 2019

Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, testifies before a House Committee about white supremacist violence…  Waynesboro eliminates some teacher positions, but manages to do so without layoffs, and remaining staff will still get a raise…  For the first time in nearly two decades, most public universities in Virginia will NOT increase tuition for the coming school year….

WMRA Daily 5/15/19

May 15, 2019

Authorities ID the man killed on the Appalachian Trail in southwestern Virginia Saturday, he was from Oklahoma…  A Virginia law that says only physicians may perform first-trimester abortions is still on the books after a judge overrules himself…  The developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline will pay more than a quarter of a million dollars in fines for violating environmental rules in West Virginia….

WMRA Daily 5/13/19

May 13, 2019

ICE opponents protest a move by the federal immigration enforcement agency to a bigger office across the street in Harrisonburg…  Police say the remains of three people have been discovered after an explosion at a gas station near Buena Vista…  More than a dozen state lawmakers, including several from the Shenandoah Valley, are calling on Congress to find more money to improve safety along Interstate 81….

WMRA Daily 5/10/19

May 10, 2019

An African American man from North Carolina makes what he calls a “One Man Stand” as a Union soldier at Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue…  A healthcare group addresses the spike in psychiatric admissions to Virginia hospitals by proposing more outpatient services…  We experience a day in the life of the sheriff of Highland County, the smallest county in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 5/9/19

May 9, 2019

A North Carolina man, inspired by the toppling of the Silent Sam Confederate statue in Chapel Hill, will hold a vigil at Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue, dressed as a Union soldier…  This was supposed to be a good year for Democrats in Virginia, but so far Republicans are raising more cash…  UVa researchers are working on a safer seat belt….

WMRA Daily 5/8/19

May 8, 2019

Groups from across the political spectrum are uniting against Dominion Power and its grip on Virginia’s energy market…  A federal judge strikes down a Virginia law that allows only physicians to perform first-trimester abortions…  Soon, Virginians going through a mental health crisis will no longer be hauled off to the hospital in a police car….

WMRA Daily 5/7/19

May 7, 2019

Emotions flare at Charlottesville’s city council over a dispute about the police chief's availability to meet with the Police Civilian Review Board… Governor Northam touts new jobs and construction at the Merck plant in Elkton, and meets with local teachers…  There’s a new dinosaur in town, thanks to a discovery by a Virginia Tech paleontologist….

WMRA Daily 5/6/19

May 6, 2019

The last two of four members of a white supremacist group plead guilty to federal charges related to their violent 2017 rally in Charlottesville…  A federal court rules that Virginia may not go back to harsher treatment of death row inmates…  Crime is down in the Commonwealth, but what does that mean?

WMRA Daily 4/19/19

Apr 19, 2019

Harrisonburg’s fire chief says, based on previous battles over fire safety regulations, new rules that would prevent a fire similar to the one that destroyed an apartment building in March are unlikely…  Another police officer in Virginia has been fired over alleged ties to a white supremacist organization…  Former Governor Terry McAuliffe’s announcement that he will NOT run for president may end up reshuffling the deck for this year’s statehouse elections….

WMRA Daily 4/18/19

Apr 18, 2019

Three satellites built by college students in Virginia are now in space…  Former Governor Terry McAuliffe will not run for president in 2020…  A section of Skyline Drive closed for months due to winter storms has reopened earlier than expected….

WMRA Daily 4/17/19

Apr 17, 2019

The 2020 presidential campaign has arrived in Virginia, with a visit by Democrat Beto O’Rourke… A series of scandals has made it difficult for Virginia’s top Democrats to raise money in this election year, and some local Republican candidates are raising a lot more than their opponents… If all goes well, a space launch today from Virginia’s eastern shore will carry supplies, plus a nano-satellite developed by four Virginia universities – but the launch site is vulnerable to the effects of climate change….

WMRA Daily 4/16/19

Apr 16, 2019

Two people die due to the severe wind and thunderstorms that hit Virginia on Sunday…  Governor Northam pulls out of a fundraiser in northern Virginia, and decides not to speak at the commencement of his alma mater VMI – both decisions related to ongoing scandals over racist images and language in his VMI and medical school yearbooks…

WMRA Daily 4/15/19

Apr 15, 2019

Staunton is offering residents a chance to rate life in the city through a citizen survey…  The Staunton couple who prosecutors say “systematically tortured” a 6-year-old boy will each face 17 years in prison…  Just how rich are members of the General Assembly?

WMRA Daily 4/12/19

Apr 12, 2019

The annual IMPACT gathering in Charlottesville calls for “housing for all”…  Mitch McConnell is leading an effort to keep President Trump from nominating former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli for Secretary of Homeland Security…  We find out about new research at JMU into whether playing virtual reality games is a better way to treat amputees….

WMRA Daily 4/11/19

Apr 11, 2019

JMU considers a tuition increase for next year…  Khizr Khan will speak at PVCC’s commencement this Spring… In the first of a WMRA series on local jails, we explore a new recovery program at the jail in Front Royal that aims to keep offenders out of jail by treating their addictions….

WMRA Daily 4/10/19

Apr 10, 2019

Protesters rally in Harrisonburg against a proposed city rule limiting panhandling…  International trade is playing a bigger role in Virginia’s economy, but a debate in Congress could affect that…  We have a report from the Eastern Shore, where efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay are complicated by massive chicken farms….

WMRA Daily 4/9/19

Apr 9, 2019

The UVa men’s basketball team has won its first ever NCAA championship – we’ll have a report from the game in Minneapolis and from Charlottesville…  A new poll shows Governor Northam’s popularity has plunged since the blackface scandal…  Workers across Virginia are about to get a lot more information in their paystubs….

WMRA Daily 4/8/19

Apr 8, 2019

A sheriff’s deputy in Louisa County shoots an armed, suicidal man in a cemetery – the deputy is on leave, and the man is in the hospital…  UVa partners with visiting fellows from Germany for a project on racist historical artifacts… The Virginia Cavaliers are in their first men’s basketball title game Monday night against Texas Tech – we have a preview….

WMRA Daily 4/5/19

Apr 5, 2019

We have a look at a couple of legislative success stories from this year’s General Assembly, including funding for affordable housing, and eviction reform… In the latest Democracy in Peril forum at JMU, the former head of the federal government’s ethics agency says President Trump is the most corrupt president in modern history… With the Cavaliers men’s team in the Final Four, we have a preview of Saturday night’s match-up with Auburn….

WMRA Daily 4/4/19

Apr 4, 2019

Crozet will see its first self-driving shuttle this spring…  More than half a million people in Virginia with outstanding court fines are about to get their driver’s licenses back…  Meanwhile, drivers along the Interstate 81 corridor are about to see higher gas taxes AND new infrastructure improvements – we have the details, plus a view of all this from a trucker’s perspective….

WMRA Daily 4/3/19

Apr 3, 2019

Lawmakers return to Richmond today to consider the governor’s amendments and vote on his vetoes… Meanwhile, the GOP House leader says Democrats have blocked hearings for the two women who accuse the lieutenant governor of sexual assault… You knew this was coming – you can now get a degree in E-sports at Shenandoah University in Winchester….