Bob Leweke

News Director / Morning Edition Host

Bob Leweke is WMRA's News Director, Morning Edition host, and an assistant producer for Virginia Insight.

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 is currently an adjunct instructor of communication at Blue Ridge Community College.  He 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 his hours away from WMRA, Bob enjoys music, biking, reading and movie-watching, and spending time with his family doing all of the above.  You can follow him on Twitter @WMRAmorning.

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WMRA News
6:30 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Senator Tim Kaine on the McDonnells, Iran, Medicaid Expansion, and More

Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia is traveling across the state this week...

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Virginia Public Radio
6:40 am
Wed November 27, 2013

The 'Real' Thanksgiving?

As you plan this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to consider what the Pilgrims really ate.

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WMRA News
2:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

McAuliffe & Clinton Stumping in Virginia

Democractic Candidate for Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe on stage at JMU with former President Clinton
Terry Ward

Early Tuesday morning, October 29, 2013, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, along with President Bill Clinton, made a campaign stop at James Madison University in Harrisonburg as part of their “Putting Jobs First” tour.

Future Campaign Stops:

Wednesday, October 30 at 10:45am
Charlottesville
The Paramount Theater
Tickets link: here
 

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WMRA News
6:25 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Skyline Literacy and International Literacy Day

WMRA News (tw)

Since 1987, Skyline Literacy, based in Harrisonburg, has been working with adults who need help with reading and writing skills, applying for their GEDs, and even helping immigrants apply for citizenship.

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WMRA News
6:40 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Paulette Moore of Occupy Harrisonburg on OWS, One Year Later

The protests in New York City that came to be known as Occupy Wall Street began one year ago today, and spread to cities nationwide, including, last October, Harrisonburg.

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WMRA News
6:40 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Governor Tim Kaine: Budgets, Taxes, Republicans and the U.S. Senate

Former Virginia Governor and current U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine

Former Governor Tim Kaine is running against former Republican Governor George Allen for the U.S. Senate.

Governor Kaine appeared on the campaign trail with President Obama in Charlottesville in late August, during which he said “Virginia will not go back, and the nation will not go back.”  Bob asked him what Republican programs or policies he believes would do that.

WMRA News
7:18 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Allen on 'Repeal & Replace', Guns, and the Budget

Republican George Allen is running to retake the U-S Senate seat he lost in 2006 to Jim Webb, who is retiring after one term.

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WMRA News
6:20 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Andy Schmookler: Democratic Candidate for the 6th District

Andy Schmookler is the Democratic challenger to 6th District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte in the November elections.

Virginia's 6th District covers all or part of Shenandoah, Rockingham, Highland, Augusta, Alleghany, Bath, Bedford, Rockbridge, Botetourt, Roanoke and Amherst Counties.  Bob Leweke spoke with Mr. Schmookler, who began by describing why he is running.

Find more about Andy Schmookler.

Virginia Insight
6:46 am
Fri May 25, 2012

BackStory Special: Monumental Disagreements

Coming up Monday, May 28th, at 3pm.

For Memorial Day, Virginia Insight takes the day off, and the American History Guys take time to consider how and what Americans have memorialized.  They’ve been wondering about the marble statues of presidents and those faces blasted into mountains — what do they really represent?  Turns out, their meanings often say more about their creators than the people they memorialize.  The Washington monument itself was the subject of decades of controversy about what sort of country the founders meant this to be.

The Spark
12:13 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Mining the History of Nelson and Albemarle

Photo credit: Charlie Woodroof

Sculptor Kierk Ashemore-Sorensen is part owner of Alberene Soapstone Company and knows a lot about the history of soapstone mining in Nelson and Albemarle County.

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