Randi B. Hagi

News Reporter

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine. 

Randi grew up bouncing around the East Coast with roots in West Virginia. Outside of the media world, she has also worked in restaurants, managed the kitchen at the nonprofit Our Community Place, and raised ducks and sheep.

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University of Virginia

Researchers at the University of Virginia have developed a way to operate on the brain - without a scalpel.  WMRA's Randi B. Hagi has more.

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The pandemic prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide universal free lunches to all K through 12 students through next spring. But some local school divisions were already providing free meals -- and will continue to do so post-pandemic -- under another federal program. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Shenandoah LGBTQ Center

The Shenandoah LGBTQ Center will host a vigil on Saturday to observe the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. WMRA’s Randi B. Hagi reports.

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The finance committee for the Middle River Regional Jail board met Tuesday afternoon to discuss funding scenarios if their renovation plan is approved. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Augusta Health

Three-quarters of adult Virginians are now vaccinated for COVID-19, and Augusta Health recently hit a major milestone in vaccines. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Staunton man missing

Nov 12, 2021

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office reports that a Staunton man is missing. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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The Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro hosted a Veterans Day event on Thursday afternoon. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Harrisonburg Police Dept

The Harrisonburg Police Department says a woman has gone missing. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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The Central Shenandoah Health District has been offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages five to 11 since last Thursday -- and health officials are pleased with how many parents are signing their kids up. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Jeff Corwin

The wildlife biologist, conservationist, and Emmy Award-winning television host Jeff Corwin is giving an endowed lecture at Bridgewater College on Wednesday. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

BLM of Shenandoah Valley

In September, a local grassroots organization sued the Augusta County Sheriff's Office in U.S. District Court. The next hearing on the case has been scheduled for early December. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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Senator Mark Warner returned to Charlottesville Thursday to evaluate mail delivery there. He said he’s cautiously optimistic.  WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Harrisonburg Police Department

The Harrisonburg School Board is deliberating the fate of the district's school resource officers.  A recent incident at Harrisonburg High School concerned some parents, but Harrisonburg's Chief of Police says it's been blown out of proportion. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

In this second report, WMRA’s Randi B. Hagi speaks with the fiance of Shannon Jennings, who reportedly died by suicide at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail, and reports what we know about the second man to die in the jail this year.

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For a non-presidential race, voter turnout looked pretty good this morning in Greene County, and in the Valley. WMRA’s Randi B. Hagi reports from Ruckersville, and from Harrisonburg.

Chelsea Mullins

Two men have died by suicide at the Rockingham -Harrisonburg Regional Jail this year. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports in the first of a two-part series.

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Some childcare centers in our area are bearing the brunt of the 'Great Resignation.' WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Alex Evanow

Local students are gearing up to become the first high school team ever to compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers's college-level competition.  They'll have to float a concrete canoe.  Randi B. Hagi reports.

As election day rapidly approaches, WMRA’s Randi B. Hagi has a look at three House of Delegates races in our area.

Truth Tellers

The Virginia Film Festival runs through Sunday, when the film Truth Tellers will be screened.  It's a documentary about a painter-turned-activist who memorializes iconic Americans, including some remarkable Virginians.  WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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On Sunday [Oct. 24] in Harrisonburg, students learned the ins and outs of concealed handgun permits.  The class, for women only, also covered when an ordinary citizen is legally justified in using deadly force.  WMRA's Randi B Hagi reports.

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When someone who's homeless in Harrisonburg gets COVID-19, the city has been paying for them to stay in a hotel.  But Harrisonburg stopped doing that at the beginning of the month -- and shelters are scrambling to come up with an alternative. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Facebook

So many Charlottesville-area residents want to adopt pets that the animal shelter there regularly brings cats and dogs in from other shelters. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Garrity and Rothwell

Two Charlottesville-based potters are donating a portion of their proceeds to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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A "climate emergency choir" performed in Richmond on Monday to ask Governor Northam to put an end to the Mountain Valley Pipeline and demand solutions to climate change. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Lorenzo Dickerson

A new documentary chronicles the hundred-year history of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Charlottesville.  It follows the library's journey from a segregated institution to one used and loved by everyone. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

The surge of COVID-19 patients at Augusta Health in Fishersville is gradually starting to subside. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi has this update.

Dario Calmese

On Tuesday, October 19, a UVA alum and one of the architectural team members who created the Memorial to Enslaved African American Laborers at the university will be honored at an award ceremony in D.C. 

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The race for one school board seat in Rockingham County is a microcosm of the fierce debates over masking mandates, transgender student rights and other issues.  The candidates held a debate Wednesday night, and WMRA's Randi B. Hagi was there.

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The Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA currently has adoption promotions going on, so it's only $25 to adopt cats, kittens, and some dogs.