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 tries to keep the beat as the drummer for WMRA's house band, The Sustainers.  You can follow him on Twitter @WMRAnews.

WMRA Daily 9/19/17

10 hours ago

Virginia State Police warn of a new email scam… we have a preview of Tuesday night’s debate between the major party candidates for governor… and, we visit last weekend’s air show near Bridgewater, as a company called Dynamic Aviation celebrates it’s 50th anniversary….

WMRA Daily 9/18/17

Sep 18, 2017

UVa announces its new president, the ninth in its history… Anthem changes its mind, and says it WILL offer health insurance plans in Virginia under the ACA… and, a new threat to the ongoing recovery of the bald eagle population in Virginia….

On this week's Second Look, Lexington has been grappling with Confederate monuments since long before violence over them broke out in Charlottesville… Jessie Knadler has that story, plus the latest profile in our Women of Interest series… Marguerite Gallorini reports on what investigative journalists are saying about their profession these days… and, Christopher Clymer Kurtz surveys a week of protests over proposed natural gas pipelines.

WMRA Daily 9/15/17

Sep 15, 2017

UVa says it will donate to a fund helping people injured on August 12 in Charlottesville, in rebuke to the K-K-K… the Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a law that keeps state regulators away from a portion of electric rates… protesters showed up at D-E-Q offices around the state, including the one in Harrisonburg, to make their voices heard against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline….

WMRA Daily 9/14/17

Sep 14, 2017

UVa’s president says those who covered a statue of Thomas Jefferson desecrated sacred ground… Virginia’s health insurance market is teetering, especially for poor people, even as coverage is up because of the ACA… and, in the next episode of Women of Interest, we meet an 82-year-old bookkeeper whose work ethic would put most of us to shame….

WMRA Daily 9/13/17

Sep 13, 2017

The Senate and House yesterday both passed a resolution, introduced by Virginia’s Senators, condemning white supremacists, and calling on Trump to do so… VMI in Lexington says it will keep its Confederate statues… and, investigative journalists discuss the state of their profession in the age of Trump….

WMRA Daily 9/12/17

Sep 12, 2017

A new report from UVa says campus police failed to enforce fire bans on university grounds during a torchlit white supremacist rally last month… Harrisonburg’s Cesar Lara Rios gets more time to make his case to stay in the U.S.… and, Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly weighs in on the question of race, and monuments, in Charlottesville and elsewhere….

WMRA Daily 9/11/17

Sep 11, 2017

The Charlottesville area SPCA rescues animals from Houston, and some of them should be available for adoption today…. Meanwhile, in Harrisonburg, the city may decide to switch animal shelter services away from the local SPCA, but it they do, what would the county do?... and, a new project at UVa's law school aims to improve the criminal justice system….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz follows Valley photographer Howard Zehr as he revisits some prisoners serving life terms....  Marguerite Gallorini provides the next installment of our Women of Interest series, a profile of a woman who is leading the charge to put together a 100 Black Women chapter in Charlottesville....  Faith Pinho takes us on a tour of Lexington’s new maker space....  and Christopher takes us to a farm near Harrisonburg where a JMU professor is leading a research project to grow, and study, hemp.

WMRA Daily 9/8/17

Sep 8, 2017

A major health insurer in Virginia says it’s pulling out of the subsidized market created by the Affordable Care Act… UVa’s President Sullivan assesses the university’s response to the violent rallies of August… and, a look at the prospects for farming hemp in Virginia, one JMU professor is working on that….

WMRA Daily 9/7/17

Sep 7, 2017

Trump says he was worried about a potential lawsuit by states over maintaining the DACA policy.... Now he’s got one from fifteen states, including Virginia, over his decision to scrap it… A big, free unity concert in Charlottesville is announced… and, we tour a new maker space in Lexington…

WMRA Daily 9/6/17

Sep 6, 2017

Charlottesville residents and activists express anger not just over last month’s violence, but ongoing conditions for the city’s poor, as Council votes to remove another Confederate statue… Virginia’s economy will take a big hit as DACA is rescinded… and, local photographer Howard Zehr revisits prisoners doing life…

WMRA Daily 9/5/17

Sep 5, 2017

In Culpeper County, a new lawsuit against Virginia’s Department of Corrections over a magazine with nudity…. A judge dismisses a federal lawsuit against the County over the building of a proposed mosque…. And, the next installment of our Women of Interest series…

WMRA Daily 9/4/17

Sep 4, 2017

Another Confederate statue may be targeted for removal in Charlottesville… As the Labor Day weekend ends today, State Police say traffic deaths in Virginia are up over last year… and, eight years after the Great Recession began, Virginia paychecks are still lagging behind….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz takes a look at the battle over who will provide animal shelter services in Harrisonburg.... Charlottesville residents got to blow off some steam at a so-called Healing Town Hall, as the mayor is forced to apologize for a Facebook post that looked a lot like scapegoating others for the violent white supremacist rally and much-criticized police response.

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