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 4/2/19

Apr 2, 2019

JMU hosts a roundtable discussion about the challenges facing U.S. Census takers next year… The two women who accuse Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault speak out in a televised interview… Virginia lawmakers return to Richmond this week, we’ll have a report from the capitol…

WMRA Daily 4/1/19

Apr 1, 2019

A defamation lawsuit against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones related to the August 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville moves one step closer to a courtroom… Not only is coal in Virginia not making a comeback, it continues to slide… We have a look at some of the more interesting races for General Assembly seats shaping up in this election year in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 3/29/19

Mar 29, 2019

A five-alarm fire displaces dozens of residents, mostly JMU students, at an apartment complex in Harrisonburg… It’s still not considered safe to hold your cellphone while driving, but the governor’s effort to amend a law against that looks doomed… Cremation and ‘natural burials’ are becoming more popular, so we visit a so-called ‘green cemetery’ near Harrisonburg….

WMRA Daily 3/28/19

Mar 28, 2019

Heather Heyer’s mother says she is satisfied that the man who murdered her daughter in a car attack will spend the rest of his life in prison… An Albemarle County teen pleads guilty to posting the racist threats that shut down Charlottesville schools last week… Dominion bows to pressure, and says it will spend all the money it already promised for energy efficiency programs….

WMRA Daily 3/27/19

Mar 27, 2019

The man convicted of killing Heather Heyer is due back in a Charlottesville court… Governor Northam announces a plan to restore the driving privileges of hundreds of thousands of Virginians… Meanwhile, the governor has been laying low since his blackface scandal broke in February, but now he’s returning to the public stage….

WMRA Daily 3/26/19

Mar 26, 2019

Dozens of students walk out of Charlottesville High School, demanding racial justice… A dozen members of a Mexican drug cartel are indicted in Harrisonburg on federal drug conspiracy charges… After a community-led campaign, the Omni Homestead in Bath County says it will restore the long-neglected historic bath houses there….

WMRA Daily 3/25/19

Mar 25, 2019

In Charlottesville, some students will lead a walkout for racial justice, after an Albemarle County teen is arrested for making online threats against Black and Hispanic students at Charlottesville High School… We take a look at Virginia’s air quality, and the politics surrounding….

WMRA Daily 3/22/19

Mar 22, 2019

A teenager is reportedly in custody related to threats to Albemarle High School… Meanwhile, Charlottesville public schools are again closed Friday during an investigation into a similar, racially charged threat made to Charlottesville High, but police say there’s no evidence the two are related… We continue our exploration of how school desegregation happened in Virginia, due in part to historic rulings from a federal courthouse in Harrisonburg more than 60 years ago….

WMRA Daily 3/21/19

Mar 21, 2019

Charlottesville closes its schools while police investigate a threat against the high school… Panelists in Harrisonburg discuss the need for climate change legislation in Virginia…  The federal courthouse in Harrisonburg is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its role in early court rulings against school segregation – we’ll look at the history….

WMRA Daily 3/20/19

Mar 20, 2019

Waynesboro cuts public school funding and eliminates teacher positions – there are fewer dollars, and fewer students there… Elkton joins other towns by scrapping its curbside recycling…  As Governor Northam vetoes another anti-sanctuary cities bill, we explore how immigration in Virginia divides the political parties….

WMRA Daily 3/19/19

Mar 19, 2019

5th District Representative Denver Riggleman visits the UVa medical center for some fact-finding, as local police departments reevaluate how to protect officers from accidental exposure to fentanyl…  In a visit to JMU, historian Robert Dallek says Donald Trump has damaged the presidency….

WMRA Daily 3/18/19

Mar 18, 2019

Republican Corey Stewart will lead a new super PAC to support President Trump's re-election…  Anyone who needs a mental health evaluation can now walk into any of Virginia’s community services boards and get one right away…  A new exhibit highlights the stories of the Virginians who came here from another country….

WMRA Daily 3/15/19

Mar 15, 2019

JMU says senior fellow and former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling isn’t going anywhere, despite a new law that prohibits similar university hirings… Andy Parker brings the story of his slain daughter Alison, and his fight for gun reforms, back to JMU… After a year of record precipitation, the soil is too wet for many of Virginia’s farmers to plow….

WMRA Daily 3/14/19

Mar 14, 2019

Governor Ralph Northam signs into law an ethics bill prompted by JMU’s controversial hiring of former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling…  The father of slain TV reporter Alison Parker will speak at James Madison University about his campaign for gun reform…  Albemarle County Public Schools sends a student home for wearing a hat bearing a Confederate symbol….

WMRA Daily 3/13/19

Mar 13, 2019

One Virginia author says the college admissions bribery scandal reveals a widespread practice that may have even involved at least one university in Virginia…  Governor Northam vetoes a bill that would have made it easier for nonresidents to carry a concealed handgun… The North Carolina fire chief who died after a skiing accident at Wintergreen is returned home, as 5th District Congressman Denver Riggleman seeks ways to increase emergency access to the mountain….

WMRA Daily 3/12/19

Mar 12, 2019

An inmate in an Augusta County jail hangs himself to death, and the sheriff’s office says it is investigating… UVa is part of a university collaboration putting three small satellites into space next month…  We learn how to write comedy from novelist and JMU creative writing professor Inman Majors….

WMRA Daily 3/11/19

Mar 11, 2019

Will other universities in Virginia follow UVa’s lead in paying a living wage?  Former Governor Bob McDonnell says current Governor Ralph Northam’s blackface scandal provides a historic opportunity to talk about racial reconciliation…  We hear about two freshmen lawmakers from Virginia from different parties, working together to take on financial crimes….

WMRA Daily 3/8/19

Mar 8, 2019

UVa says it will pay full-time workers a living wage beginning next year, but for now contract workers are left out… Virginia’s Democrats in Congress hope to re-write campaign finance rules… Meanwhile, Virginia’s solar industry is booming….

WMRA Daily 3/7/19

Mar 7, 2019

An eastern Virginia Democratic Congressman is pushing to raise the federal minimum wage, but western Virginia Republican Congressman Ben Cline is against it… An intern for a Valley Republican Delegate apologizes for spying on the ERA campaign… A new report looks at the danger of industrial contaminants to communities, from Covington to Hampton Roads, when the James River floods....

WMRA Daily 3/6/19

Mar 6, 2019

Republican Delegate Steve Landes is retiring from the House, after serving for more than two decades, leaving his seat open in an election year…  The U-S Senate has confirmed the youngest federal judge in the country to Richmond’s high-profile U-S Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals…  Is Virginia’s Medicaid expansion part of the answer to the opioid crisis?

WMRA Daily 3/5/19

Mar 5, 2019

Police and activists are still searching for “Red Beard” and “Sunglasses,” the names given to two men who are still wanted in the beating of DeAndre Harris in Charlottesville in 2017… Meanwhile, sentencing has been delayed for James Alex Fields, Jr., the man who killed Heather Heyer on that same August day… Could this be state Republicans’ FINAL year in the majority in Richmond?

WMRA Daily 3/4/19

Mar 4, 2019

Culpeper County could be the next site for a big solar farm… We tour a company in Waynesboro offering a pro-biotic alternative to all those breweries and wineries out there… For the first time, the Remote Area Medical Clinic comes to Rockingham County, providing free care to hundreds of patients….

WMRA Daily 3/1/19

Mar 1, 2019

The Robert E. Lee High School Rebels will soon be known as the Staunton High School Storm… Unite the Right rally organizer Jason Kessler drops his lawsuit against Charlottesville and other officials… We hear from African-American leaders on the Eastern Shore – that’s where Governor Northam is from – about his blackface scandal, and where we go from here….

WMRA Daily 2/28/19

Feb 28, 2019

The trash truck driver who derailed an Amtrak train in Crozet last year, killing one person, is not guilty according to a jury… Public school kids in Virginia may soon be able to get cannabis treatment at school, if the governor signs a new bill… Despite a big incentive from the state NOT to raise tuition, UVa is hiking its rates anyway – we’ll have details….

WMRA Daily 2/27/19

Feb 27, 2019

Dominion says it will appeal a federal court ruling against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to the U.S. Supreme Court… Someday soon, state law may allow out-of-state doctors to use an app to write your prescription… JMU students find out what athletes with physical disabilities can teach them about human movement….

WMRA Daily 2/26/19

Feb 26, 2019

A federal court again slaps down a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… One poll predicts that an independent candidate for president will help President Trump – a LOT… Can a new dorm at JMU named after one of Madison’s slaves co-exist with other dorms named after Confederates?

General Assembly Roundup

Feb 25, 2019

This year’s General Assembly adjourned Sunday.  Our partner station WCVE in Richmond has been covering the session.  In this roundtable discussion with reporters, WCVE's Craig Carper reviews what lawmakers accomplished, and what they failed to achieve.

WMRA Daily 2/25/19

Feb 25, 2019

As this year’s General Assembly adjourns, we’ll take a look back at what legislators accomplished this year… Meanwhile, longtime Charlottesville representative David Toscano says he’s leaving public office… And, Lieutenant Governor Fairfax surprises many lawmakers by comparing himself to lynching victims….

WMRA Daily 2/22/19

Feb 22, 2019

Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly blame each other for the failure to start hearings over assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax…  A last ditch effort to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in this session fails…  Meanwhile, lawmakers are working to help reduce the number of African-American women who die in childbirth….

WMRA Daily 2/21/19

Feb 21, 2019

Governor Northam is skipping what was to be the first stop on his racial reconciliation tour…  Meanwhile, the public has softened on whether Northam should resign over the blackface scandal, but his approval has dropped below that of President Trump…  What comes next for sexual assault allegations against Lieutenant Governor Fairfax?