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 Jordy Yager has two stories that bookend the racism on which America was founded, and which still exists today.  Montpelier has a new exhibit focusing on the hundreds of people James Madison enslaved, and just this week, Charlottesville released the city's plans to counter a Ku Klux Klan rally planned for July -- Jordy covers both stories.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager finds some excited -- and dedicated -- UVa law students getting real civil rights case training as part of a clinic with Charlottesville's Legal Aid Justice Center.... Jordy also attended another rally around the Lee statue that turned out a little differently than expected.... Marguerite Gallorini reports on a Boston Globe reporter's visit to the Miller Center, about his new book on JFK.... Virginia Public Radio profiles the Democratic and Republican candidates for lieutenant governor.... and, we talk Virginia politics.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler has the latest on the mess at the Rockbridge Department of Social Services, and a profile of one of its strongest critics.... Marguerite Gallorini attends the eighth annual Choose Clean Water Coalition Conference in Charlottesville.... Scott Lowe rides along with Virginia's Safety Service Patrol for the Memorial Day weekend.... Virginia Public Radio's Pamela D'Angelo surveys efforts to restore the Great Dismal Swamp.... and, Our Island Universe tells the celestial tale of the birth of the Chesapeake Bay.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager tags along with one of the thousands of postal carriers across the country who collect food donations once a year to help "Stamp Out Hunger".... he also has reports on the fight over Confederate monuments and park names in Charlottesville.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports on the case of one undocumented immigrant in Harrisonburg, now in detention and under threat of deportation.... and, he introduces us to the first recipient of a master's degree in restorative justice at EMU.... and, Marguerite Gallorini met three UVa business students who have invented an app they say can revolutionize how medical professionals communicate.  Plus, Virginia politics!

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente dives deep into the HPV vaccine and why only 1 in 3 kids in Virginia are getting it, even though it prevents not only HPV but also some cancers.... Jessie Knadler lets us in on the tall tales told at the 7th Annual Liars Contest in Staunton.... and, we've got analysis of the week in Virginia politics.

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.

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