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.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini gets us up to date on the latest with the fight over the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville.... Jessie Knadler chases down an arepa truck in Rockbridge County, run by two brothers from Venezuela.... and Jordy Yager brings us two stories from last August detailing the effort by the stewards of Shenandoah National Park to go green(er), and of the Park's visiting sound artist.  Plus, Our Island Universe!

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini (she's back!) has a review of the week at the Tom Tom Founder's Festival.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz explores the chilling effect that President Trump's immigration policies may be having on enrollment at EMU's Summer Peacebuilding Institute.... Jordy Yager has the story of an African-American slave who helped build UVa, and finally got his name on a building last week.... and, we revisit some of the highlights in our Refugees in Virginia series.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler takes us to the fringe, and Staunton's annual Shenandoah Fringe Fest, and she reports on the fight over gerrymandering in Virginia.... Miranda Bennett explores why bee species in Virginia are declining... Christopher Clymer Kurtz attends a 50th-anniversary celebration in Harrisonburg of Dr. King's 'Beyond Vietnam' speech, and he tours the clinic of one doctor operating outside the nation's health insurance system.... and, we discuss the week that was in Virginia politics.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz gets the recollections of a former classmate of Michael "MJ" Sharp, whose body was found March 27th in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after he disappeared while working for the United Nations.... Bonnie Barrineau reviews the final days of an art exhibition at JMU's Duke Gallery featuring the work of social activist Ben Shahn.... Christopher also explores the role of service dogs.... and two Virginia Public Radio reports detail the practice, called Direct Primary Care, of some doctors who bypass the insurance system, and the trend of people leaving Virginia for other states.  Plus, Our Island Universe!

It's the 100th episode of Second Look!  And we celebrate this milestone with a look back at some of WMRA's more compelling stories from 2016.  Emily Richardson-Lorente introduces us to one classroom in Charlottesville using the building game 'Minecraft' as an educational tool.... Jessie Knadler remembers the day last March that Staunton residents gathered to record for posterity their 'Staunton Stories'.... Jordy Yager tours one Habitat for Humanity home in Charlottesville being built in part by its new resident, a refugee from  Burma.... and, Jordy also observed while Charlottesville residents pretended to be 'poor for a day,' in Piedmont CASA's Poverty Simulation last April.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler examines the not-so-hidden world of art theft.... Emily Richardson-Lorente attends a celebration of women in Charlottesville on International Women's Day.... Faith Pinho explores the legacy of cemetery segregation in Lexington (a story from June up for an award from the Society of Professional Journalists in the radio news category).... and, we review the week in Virginia politics.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz meets one Congolese family still split between a refugee camp in Burundi and their new home in Harrisonburg; uncertainty abounds over changing refugee and immigration policy.... Jordy Yager spends a night in a homeless shelter, part of a network of nighttime winter sanctuaries in Charlottesville.... We compare Republican and Democratic majority rule in the General Assembly (turns out the minority will complain no matter what).... and we look back at the week in politics in Virginia.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente talked to activists at two opposing rallies in Charlottesville, one calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded, the other supporting abortion rights.... Jessie Knadler surveys some of the grassroots groups growing like mushrooms in the Valley to oppose what they see as the Trump agenda.... and Jessie also got the take on the new administration from Trump voters.

On this week's Second Look, the local "Indivisible" group rallies at Republican Congressman Tom Garrett's office in Charlottesville, and WMRA's Jordy Yager and NPR's Sarah McCammon were there.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz goes on an excursion to trap and band (and save) American kestrels in the Shenandoah Valley, and takes a look at long-term conservation.... and, we review the week at the General Assembly.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz and Jordy Yager cover the protests that erupted in our area over the President's ban on refugees and on immigrants from some Muslim-majority countries.... Jessie Knadler reports on the visit by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to VMI, a school she transformed from the bench.... Emily Richardson-Lorente has a round-up of abortion-related measures proposed in this session of the General Assembly.... and we analyze the week at the legislature in Richmond.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler brings us the sounds and statements from the Women's March on Washington, one day after the presidential inauguration.... she also gets reaction from pipeline opponents and Dominion on a draft report by FERC on the environmental impact of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.... Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story of one woman whose passion for creating things with concrete, combined with her love of oysters, may help save oyster reefs around the world.  We have analysis of news from Richmond, too.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Miranda Bennett talks with a few Charlottesville residents looking for wisdom in the writings of James Baldwin.... Jordy Yager takes us to Lexington for two diametrically opposed parades, one celebrating Lee-Jackson Day, the other the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.... We learn from Virginia Public Radio about the "ghost crab pots" threatening species in the Chesapeake Bay.... Plus, we've got a round-up of news from the General Assembly.... And, Our Island Universe, too!

On this week's Second Look, Jordy Yager explores the reasons behind the huge housing divide in Charlottesville.... Emily Richardson-Lorente introduces us to two enterprising young women who have found a market in helping seniors navigate modern computer technology.... and, we have a report and analysis of last week's convening of the 2017 General Assembly.  Plus, Our Island Universe!

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz takes us along for a quiet drive in an electric car.... and as Republicans move to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he talks with demonstrators in Harrisonburg defending it.... and, he educates us on the role of service dogs in Virginia.... Kara Lofton explores the promise of, and barriers to, the use of telemedicine to bring health care to remote places.... and, Jordy Yager reports on Buckingham County's decision to approve construction of a key component of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline there.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Kara Lofton has a look at the plan approved this year to start restoring the mercury-laced soil from the old DuPont plant in Waynesboro, and downstream.... Jessie Knadler visits an expo promoting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Jordy Yager is at a local meeting with a lot of pipeline protesters, and Andrew Jenner takes an airborne look (from 2014) with the Pipeline Air Force.... And, we take a look at statewide news from the week.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler talks to a few Mary Baldwin alumnae upset over the University's announcement of a new co-ed program at the traditionally all-women's school.... Miranda Bennett surveys the drawings of refugees in Charlottesville as part of a new exhibit.... Sefe Emokpae attended the raucous Chartlottesville city council meeting dominated by debate over Wes Bellamy and his tweets.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz has the story of a Harrisonburg activist who spent eight days last month at Standing Rock.... and, we have this week's Our Island Universe.

On this week's Second Look, stories about Shenandoah National Park.  Park officials and visitors celebrated the National Park Service's 100th anniversary this year, but firefighters also had to battle the second-largest blaze in the park's history in April.  We also talk to one author, an avid hiker and lover of the park, who in her explorations discovered the park's troubled history.  WMRA's Jordy Yager and Christopher Clymer Kurtz tell this week's stories.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente peers behind the screen to find out what makes the annual Super Gr8 Film Festival in Harrisonburg so special.... Jessie Knadler gets the view behind the Valley's poultry industry, on the sometimes dangerous line of a processing plant all geared up to churn out Thanksgiving turkeys.... and, this week's episodes of The Spark and Our Island Universe.

On this week's Second Look, a pinwheel of election-day voices with WMRA's Jessie Knadler, Christopher Clymer Kurtz, Emily Richardson-Lorente and Jordy Yager.... also, WMRA's Calvin Pynn covers the pre-election day NORML rally in Harrisonburg.... Jessie Knadler explores the wide gulf between city and rural voters in Rockbridge County.... and Jordy Yager has the latest on the debate over the Lee and Jackson statues in Charlottesville.

Virginia Results

Nov 9, 2016

Although Virginia voters favored giving Hillary Clinton the state's 13 electoral votes, Donald Trump has won the election and will be the 45th president.  Voters split on the two ballot questions regarding amendments to the state constitution.  And, Republicans will represent the 5th and 6th districts (still) in Congress.  Find statewide, and local, results here.

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