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 2/22/19

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?

WMRA Daily 2/20/19

Feb 20, 2019

Al Gore and the Reverend William Barber lead a rally for environmental justice in Buckingham County… The so-called “Bolling Bill” now awaits the governor’s signature – it would prohibit the kind of ethically questionable hiring of a recent member of the Board of Visitors that happened at JMU last year… Abigail Spanberger holds the first town hall the 7th District has seen in years….

WMRA Daily 2/19/19

Feb 19, 2019

Virginia joins 15 other states in a lawsuit challenging President Trump's Emergency Declaration to build his wall along the southern border… Lawmakers in Richmond consider more transparency in how state government works… In our second of two reports on the increase in homeschooling, we visit a homeschooling co-op in Charlottesville founded to create a positive learning environment for children of color....

WMRA Daily 2/18/19

Feb 18, 2019

Federal authorities launch a criminal investigation into the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia… Gov. Northam signs a bill clearing the way for refunds this year for tax-paying Virginians… More and more parents are choosing to homeschool their children, so we explore why that is….

WMRA Daily 2/14/19

Feb 14, 2019

More than 50 priests in Virginia, including two in Charlottesville, have been named by Catholic officials on a list of child sex abusers… Where did Harrisonburg’s scooters go?  If they want to come back, they’ll have to pony up $8,000… Some Virginia lawmakers are supporting legislation to keep government shutdowns from ever happening again….

WMRA Daily 2/13/19

Feb 13, 2019

Justin Fairfax’s accusers continue to speak out, and push Virginia lawmakers to have a public hearing on their allegations… Dominion says it’s slashing methane emissions, but environmentalists say the best way to do that is to scrap natural gas pipeline construction… A free mobile medical clinic will soon make its first trip to Harrisonburg….

WMRA Daily 2/12/19

Feb 12, 2019

Another man charged in the beating of Charlottesville’s DeAndre Harris in August 2017 faces up to 20 years in prison… As some aides to the lieutenant governor jump ship, some black leaders want to give the governor another chance despite his own scandal… We also preview this week’s February Books & Brews featured author….

WMRA Daily 2/11/19

Feb 11, 2019

Governor Northam says he’s staying put… Meanwhile, Virginians are split by race on whether he should resign, and also unsure about the sexual allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax… We shovel some compost and talk about global food problems, and solutions, with students at a national JMU summit….

WMRA Daily 2/8/19

Feb 8, 2019

A female inmate at Middle River says she was sexually assaulted by a male inmate there… Lawmakers in Richmond debate guns in churches…  As calls for Governor Northam to resign mount, opinions are mixed on Attorney General Herring… Meanwhile, the first black Supreme Court justice visits JMU and talks about the importance of hope….

WMRA Daily 2/7/19

Feb 7, 2019

Have you been Googling “Virginia Line of Succession”?  If so, you’re not the only one, as Attorney General Mark Herring completes the trifecta of statewide elected officials embroiled scandal, and we have reports from the Capitol… We also have a look at new legislation on young people buying tobacco, and UVa’s research into fixing broken kidneys….

WMRA Daily 2/6/19

Feb 6, 2019

A Virginia state trooper and a drug suspect are both killed in a shootout in Farmville… Two bills that punt on funding for I-81 improvements pass the House and Senate… Business in the General Assembly moves along, as the medical school Ralph Northam attended says it is investigating the origin of racist photos in its yearbooks….

WMRA Daily 2/5/19

Feb 5, 2019

Governor Northam refuses to resign (as of early Tuesday), as former allies and supporters turn their backs on him, and as his would-be successor, Lt. Governor Fairfax, becomes the target of other allegations… Meanwhile, the General Assembly continues its budget work as crossover day approaches… We learn about the looming SNAP gap that could hurt families who use food assistance, even if there’s NOT another federal shutdown….

WMRA Daily 2/4/19

Feb 4, 2019

Despite repeated calls for Governor Ralph Northam’s resignation, governing still has to go on at the state capitol in Richmond… Meanwhile, we have a profile of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, the man who would become governor should Northam resign…. We visit the big radio telescope just a couple of hours west of Harrisonburg, the Green Bank Observatory, doing some pretty interesting research these days….

WMRA Daily 2/1/19

Feb 1, 2019

Lots of General Assembly news… After truckers complain, a new bill removes a provision for tolls on I-81 to fund much-needed improvements… Conservatives pounce on a viral video and attack the Governor over abortion… The state Senate votes to reform the way legislative districts are drawn….

A few schools are closed again today, or opening late, due to cold temperatures and snow this morning...

WMRA Daily 1/31/19

Jan 31, 2019

U-V-A says a number of students have been suffering from, and passing around, the norovirus… A federal court hears a challenge to Virginia’s so-called “habitual drunkard” law… A bill that would have given localities, such as Charlottesville, control over Confederate monuments, has died in the General Assembly….

Due to extreme cold, many schools are closed or opening late Thursday...

WMRA Daily 1/30/19

Jan 30, 2019

The state Senate votes unanimously to approve an ethics bill prompted by JMU’s controversial hire of a former lieutenant governor… We also have an update from the General Assembly on protections for low-wage workers, raises for teachers, climate change, and the opioid crisis….

Several schools will be closed or opening late Wednesday, due to extreme cold temperatures...

In anticipation of possible wintry precipation, several schools are dismissing students early today...

WMRA Daily 1/29/19

Jan 29, 2019

Virginia teachers turn out in the thousands to march on the state capitol, demanding higher pay and increases in school funding… If the General Assembly doesn’t act immediately, changes to the federal tax code could impact YOUR state return... A massive cold front is headed our way, along with gusty winds….

WMRA Daily 1/28/19

Jan 28, 2019

Rangers are back – and the restrooms are open – at Shenandoah National Park, after the longest shutdown in history ended over the weekend… Police investigate a stabbing death in Edinburg… Lawmakers in Richmond consider cracking down on the kind of paramilitary groups that marched on Charlottesville….

WMRA Daily 1/25/19

Jan 25, 2019

A bill to prevent the kind of conflict of interest in state hiring that a Valley legislator says happened when JMU hired Bill Bolling has cleared a Senate committee… The state Senate has passed a bill allowing guns in churches, but Governor Northam he will likely veto it… What are Virginia’s members of Congress saying, and doing, about the partial government shutdown?

WMRA Daily 1/24/19

Jan 24, 2019

New court-drawn legislative maps will favor Democrats in several districts this November… Lawmakers make an effort to bring more broadband to rural areas… Legislators on both sides of the aisle are in agreement about getting rid of old Jim Crow language in the state’s minimum wage code….

WMRA Daily 1/23/19

Jan 23, 2019

The ERA appears to be on life support now in the General Assembly… Several measures to make schools safer pass… Several localities get state money to help preserve farmland….

WMRA Daily 1/22/19

Jan 22, 2019

Virginia’s minimum wage will not be going up anytime soon… Proposed gun bills are more likely to become campaign ads this fall… Some Virginians may be paying higher STATE income taxes, in exchange for the federal tax cut….

Several schools will open late Tuesday due to extremely cold temperatures and frozen conditions overnight...

WMRA Daily 1/17/19

Jan 17, 2019

Action in the General Assembly:  Valley lawmakers introduce a bill to install tolls on I-81, there’s also a proposal from a local state Senator to do away with gerrymandering in Virginia, and there’s broad support to require hands free cell phone use while driving….

WMRA Daily 1/16/19

Jan 16, 2019

The state Senate takes another step toward raising Virginia’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, but even if passed it would take years… Virginia also gets a little closer to being the final state necessary to pass the Equal Rights Amendment… The partial government shutdown means those on food assistance will have to plan ahead even more than usual….