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, 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.  You can follow him on Twitter @WMRAnews.

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On this week's Second Look, we revisit WMRA's Jessie Knadler's discovery that the sunscreen you've got in your beach bag may be helping to kill the world's coral reefs.... We also boat along part of the so-called "Looper" trail, on the Rappahannock.... Brit Moorer, in her last story for WMRA, takes a tour down the Rivanna.... We try to figure out what's taking Congress so long to pass Zika legislation.... And, a round-up of some Virginia news from the past week.

On this week's Second Look... With the exception of Christopher Clymer Kurtz's preview of the June 22-23 Wind Symposium at JMU, this week's show is a repeat of the June 12 show, which was pre-empted by NPR coverage of the mass shooting in Orlando.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler gets a hat trick, with three stories this week... on, first, the search for a new home for quirky Rockbridge attraction Foamhenge... second, the planting of "seeds of resistance" to the proposed Dominion pipeline... and third, a new state campaign that aims to wean kids off sugary drinks (soda pop!  energy drinks!) and onto healthy alternatives....

On this week's Second Look, Jordy Yager wraps up our exploration of mental health care in Virginia, with a look at the push for a new crisis stabilization unit in Staunton.... Sefe Emokpae and Faith Pinho explore two long-neglected cemeteries....

On this episode of Second Look.... May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so WMRA's Jordy Yager takes a look at the new mental health court dockets in our area, as well as the progress Virginia has made over the last few decades in identifying and treating mental illness....  In a report for Virginia Public Radio, Jessie Knadler reports on new guidelines to help ER staff deal with the growing problem of opiate addiction, and we’ll hear from some Virginia lawmakers who are pushing Congress to have a say in America’s involvement in the Middle East… and Our Island Universe, too!

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler finds one general store in the tiny town of Middlebrook that is not only surviving, but thriving....  Christopher Clymer Kurtz dives into the government's new definition of "chronic homelessness," and how it's affecting clients and caregivers on the ground.... Brit Moorer takes us on a canoe tour of the Rivanna River in Charlottesville.... and Jordy Yager learns what one local NAACP leader is saying about race, protest and privilege.

On this week's Second Look, Bob Leweke talks with Brad Zinn, the News Leader reporter who led a six-month investigation into the scope of child sexual abuse in Virginia... Jessie Knadler explores what some local craft beer lovers are calling a "sellout": Anheuser-Busch InBev's acquisition of the Devil's Backbone brewery in Nelson County; and she also takes a look at a new approach to the feral cat problem in Rockbridge County.  Also, one VCU researcher is studying the remaining pockets of school segregation in the South.  And, we've got this week's Our Island Universe.

Children as Prey

May 9, 2016
Nashville designer Merry Eccles

The News Leader in Staunton spent six months investigating the scope of child sexual abuse in Virginia, for an in-depth report into the problem.  It's called Prey: Sexual Predators are Hunting Our Children.  Bob Leweke spoke with the lead reporter on the series, Brad Zinn.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Sefe Emokpae has the details of this year's IMPACT Charlottesville meeting.... Brit Moorer brings us the scene and the sounds of the Music Resource Center musicians taking their music outside to drivers stuck in traffic, sessions that are appropriately called "Traffic Jams".... and Virginia Public Radio's Sandy Hausman takes a deep look at parole in Virginia, and how it might be reformed.

5/6 - 2:10pm Thursday Update: Virginia State Police have reported that the child was safely recovered this afternoon. 

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5/5 - Early Wednesday evening, State Police issued an AMBER ALERT for a missing Spotsylvania child.

On this episode of Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler examines the effect of Virginia's topsy-turvy spring weather on local vineyards, and whether climate change might be a factor.... Jordy Yager has a follow-up to our Refugees in Virginia series, with a look at one Burmese family literally making a new home for themselves in Charlottesville, with some help from Habitat for Humanity....  plus Christopher Clymer Kurtz's report on why Saturday, April 23 is going to be mediation pioneer Larry Hoover’s Day in Harrisonburg.... We've also got the week's statewide news... and Our Island Universe!

On this episode of Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz explores interfaith relationships, both at the level of church, mosque and synagogue, and within one interfaith family.... We look at Virginia's latest jobs numbers (they're good).... and we've also got the latest installments of The Spark and Our Island Universe.

On this edition of Second Look, WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente takes us on a comprehensive tour of Sweet Briar College one year after it almost closed.... WMRA's Dan Easley talks with JMU professor Paul Bogard about his latest efforts to raise awareness of the effects of light pollution.... and we have reports from Virginia Public Radio on a guest worker victory in a Charlottesville court, a Virginia Tech survey of health care attitudes, and the prospects for a raise in Virginia's minimum wage.  And, on Our Island Universe.... what's "eating" Pluto?

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler hears from Staunton residents who braved snow on the last day of winter to help create a sort of city scrapbook.... she also attended an anti-KKK rally in Lexington... and explained the science behind marijuana's medicinal "Entourage Effect."  We also have a look at the effort of some Charlottesville officials to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from a city park, and we'll sift through the archives for Bob Leweke's interview with Paula Poundstone.

On this week's edition of Second Look, WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente takes us to one classroom in Albemarle County where students are enjoying a unique educational version of the popular videogame Minecraft.... In Virginia news, we look at two studies -- one looking at how pipelines might affect property values, and another at trends on college campuses.... and, we meet two photographers documenting a very diverse part of Virginia.  Plus, Our Island Universe and The Spark!

On this weekend's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler talks to those who still feel left out of Virginia's slowly changing laws restricting the use of marijuana extracts for medicine.... We talk to Virginia lawmakers about the prospects of a Trump nomination.... And we turn the pages of a book that explores the punishment of a black woman a century ago.... We've also got The Spark and Our Island Universe!

In this week's edition of Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz, Jessie Knadler and Emily Richardson-Lorente went to their respective neighborhood polling places and elicited the sentiments of voters, who went for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Virginia.... Brit Moorer takes us on a tour of the Ragged Mountain Reservoir near Charlottesville.... and Jordy Yager concludes our #RefugeesinVirginia series with a look at preparations for the next wave of Congolese refugees, and the work of the pastor of a little church in Barboursville.  We've also got this week's installment of The Spark!

Virginia votes today in a primary election for Democratic and Republican candidates for president, along with about a dozen other states for Super Tuesday.

On this week's Second Look, we continue to learn about our refugee neighbors with WMRA's Jordy Yager.... Sefe Emokpae takes us on a listening tour of a new Virginia Folklife Program exhibit featuring eastern Virginia's gospel music.... plus, some General Assembly news, and this week's episode of Our Island Universe.

On this week's edition of Second Look, #RefugeesinVirginia rolls on, as WMRA's Jordy Yager introduces us to the doctors doing very special work treating the unique medical needs of their refugee patients in Charlottesville, and Jordy also discovers a new program there that's training newcomers for work, with the promise of a job at the other end.... and WMRA's Jessie Knadler has the story of the big employer near Harrisonburg that hires lots of refugees, and even helps pay for them to learn English.  We also explore how the death of Antonin Scalia might affect former Governor Bob McDonnell's corruption appeal... and, we've also got this week's installment of Our Island Universe.

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