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.  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 blues-rock cover band.  You can follow him on Twitter @WMRAnews.

WMRA Daily 11/21/17

12 hours ago

Education and the Freedom of Information Act are among the subjects of the first bills being proposed in next year’s General Assembly… even while the outcome of two key House of Delegates races, and control of the chamber, is still in doubt… and, a task force tries to find out what went wrong in Charlottesville on August 12th….

WMRA Daily 11/20/17

Nov 20, 2017

Meanwhile, Republicans have elected their House leadership team, even as Democrats hold hope that they can flip control of the chamber in three close races….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Peter Jump files his first story, on Charlottesville's West Main growing pains.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz listens in as Trent Wagler and others pay tribute to Leonard Cohen, in song of course.... Marguerite Gallorini was there as Hillary Clinton helped wrap up UVa's Women's Global Leadership forum.... and Miranda Bennett takes a look back at last December's exhibit of refugee art.... plus, Our Island Universe!

WMRA Daily 11/17/17

Nov 17, 2017

Virginia may become the first Southern state to regulate carbon emissions with a cap-and-trade program… Virginia’s board of education has issued new rules for evaluating schools and students…and, Saturday is National Adoption Day….

WMRA Daily 11/16/17

Nov 16, 2017

Harrisonburg’s public television station (no relation to WMRA public radio) is merging with Richmond’s public broadcasting company… the town of Mt. Jackson is joining in the effort to save a scenic, wild area nearby known as “The Knob”… and, the fight over control of the House of Delegates is now centered in Fredericksburg….

WMRA Daily 11/15/17

Nov 15, 2017

Hillary Clinton Tuesday wrapped up this week’s Women’s Global Leadership forum at UVa… among the topics, women in office, and we have a look at Virginia’s increasingly female legislature… and, what was it like behind the scenes in the campaigns for governor?

WMRA Daily 11/14/17

Nov 14, 2017

Virginia Republicans try to figure out what went wrong for them in last week’s elections, as election officials continue to determine who won a few races that are still too close to call… and, we’ve got an audio tapestry of a local tribute to the late Leonard Cohen, that took place last weekend at Pale Fire in Harrisonburg….

WMRA Daily 11/13/17

Nov 13, 2017

Tuition is going up next year for incoming JMU freshmen… a survey finds that many minority voters last week were motivated by the rise of white supremacy… and that helped lead to a statewide Democratic sweep, and we’ll see how some of the Republicans whom voters fired are taking it….

On this week's Second Look, we turn much of the show over to WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz, who: explores why DEQ has issued a drought watch for much of our region... visits the filming set of a new movie in Winchester... and reports on the continuing debate over what to do about overcrowding at Harrisonburg High, even though the school board already voted unanimously to build a new one.  We also hear from Virginia Public Radio about the youngsters embracing bluegrass music... and, we pay tribute to the late, great Carl Sagan on Our Island Universe.

WMRA Daily 11/10/17

Nov 10, 2017

After a big week for Democrats in Virginia, longtime sixth district Congressman Bob Goodlatte says he’ll retire after his current term expires… we profile the new lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax… and, we take a look at the wrangling over what to do about overcrowding at Harrisonburg High School….

Sixth District Representative Bob Goodlatte announced Thursday morning that he will not seek re-election in 2018, 25 years and 13 terms after winning his seat in Congress partly on a platform of term limits.

WMRA Daily 11/8/17

Nov 8, 2017

A big day for Democrats in Virginia yesterday, as the party sweeps statewide races… control of the House of Delegates will come down to a few races that were too close to call early Wednesday morning… but, in the WMRA region, Republican incumbents in the House of Delegates all beat back their challengers….

Virginia Democrats will hold on to the governor's mansion, as well as the offices of lieutenant governor and attorney general, sweeping statewide races in yesterday's elections.  With all precincts reporting, Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie by a nearly 9-point margin, 54% to 45%.

Click here for latest election results statewide, and in your local races.

WMRA Daily 11/7/17

Nov 7, 2017

A Lynchburg police officer shot and killed a woman wielding a knife early Monday morning… we hear from the candidates for governor on the final day of campaigning… and, can you take a ballot selfie?  (And should you?)....

WMRA Daily 11/6/17

Nov 6, 2017

The latest Halloween costume controversy happened at Virginia Military Institute last week… a look at the campaigns, and the importance of voter turnout, as we approach election day in Virginia… and, as another season of enrollment begins, a look at the health insurance markets in Virginia….

Just days away from elections in Virginia, this week's Second Look is devoted to Bob Leweke's interviews with the three candidates for governor -- Democrat Ralph Northam, Republican Ed Gillespie, and Libertarian Cliff Hyra.

WMRA Daily 11/3/17

Nov 3, 2017

Tony Wilt and Brent Finnegan in the 26th have a polite debate… the candidates for governor wrangle over Confederate monuments… and we have the last of our interviews with the men running for governor, with my conversation with Republican Ed Gillespie…

WMRA has been covering this year’s elections in Virginia with profiles of the races and districts in our region, and interviews with the candidates.  And we conclude today with Bob Leweke's conversation with Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee for governor, who began by talking about his approach to traffic issues on Interstate 81.

WMRA Daily 11/2/17

Nov 2, 2017

TED-X is back in Charlottesville for its 8th edition, we’ll have a preview… what do the public opinion polls really say about who’s likely to win next week’s elections?…. and, we continue our conversations with the candidates for governor, with Bob's interview with Libertarian Cliff Hyra….

Leading up to Election Day next Tuesday, this week we’re talking with all three candidates for governor.  We continue that today with Cliff Hyra, the Libertarian nominee, who recently joined Bob Leweke in our studio in Harrisonburg.

WMRA Daily 11/1/17

Nov 1, 2017

Virginia’s crime commission reports that black males are particularly targeted for marijuana-related arrests – is it time to change the law?… Governor Terry McAuliffe convenes a panel to explore how low-income communities in Virginia bear the brunt of climate change…. and, we begin our conversations with the candidates for governor, with Bob Leweke's interview with Dr. Ralph Northam….

Our coverage of elections in Virginia continues with Bob Leweke's interviews with all three candidates for governor.  We begin with Dr. Ralph Northam, the current lieutenant governor, and the Democratic nominee for governor.

WMRA Daily 10/31/17

Oct 31, 2017

A new poll shows the biggest lead yet for Democrat Ralph Northam in the governor’s race… after Monday’s crime commission report, one prominent Republican lawmaker says it’s time to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana… and, we have the final installment in our series of House of Delegates races profiles….

WMRA Daily 10/30/17

Oct 30, 2017

Will Virginia be the next state to decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana?... thousands of children and pregnant women are on the verge of losing health coverage in Virginia… and, a federal court could re-define search and seizure laws regarding cellphones and other electronic devices at airports….

In this week's Second Look, WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini has details about a partnership to diversify STEM programs... she also listened in at the Miller Center as a New York Times reporter gave his take on the rise of white supremacism... Jordy Yager spent a night out in near-freezing temperatures on the UVa grounds, along with some descendants of the slaves who built the school, as part of the Slave Dwelling Project... and, he and Christopher Clymer Kurtz profile candidates in local House of Delegates races.

WMRA Daily 10/27/17

Oct 27, 2017

Virginia’s first commercial wind farm gets another delay, says the company that’s been wanting to build it for two years now… the Wildlife Center of Virginia has now treated 43 bald eagles, many of them with lead in their system from bullets (note to hunters – there are alternatives to lead bullets out there)… and politics – we survey the 58th House District near Charlottesville, take a look at the latest polls, and see what our representatives are up to….

WMRA Daily 10/26/17

Oct 26, 2017

Get ready to pay more for a pass to Shenandoah National Park, visitor fees may be going up next year… and it’s time to take a look at the candidates, with a survey of candidates for Charlottesville City Council, and competitive races for the House of Delegates in districts covering Harrisonburg and the central Shenandoah Valley… we’ll have profiles….

WMRA Daily 10/25/17

Oct 25, 2017

Virginia Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte says he wants to know more about the Justice Department’s role during last year’s election… JMU says it may have an outbreak of viral meningitis on its hands (that’s a lot less serious than the bacterial version)… and, we spend a cold night outside with the slave-dwelling project in Charlottesville….

WMRA Daily 10/24/17

Oct 24, 2017

A look at the strategy behind this year’s House of Delegates races… a new Canadian-style approach to treating opioid addiction… and, a college collaboration to open up access to STEM programs, reaching all the way back into grade school….

WMRA Daily 10/23/17

Oct 23, 2017

The Democratic candidate for governor, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, visited Charlottesville over the weekend… and, more than two months after the events of August 12th, other cities in Virginia move to regulate demonstrations to avoid the violence that happened in Charlottesville….

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