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, cycling, 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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Second Look
12:27 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Charlottesville's Beating Heart; Dynamic Piano Duo; Pipeline Upside?

Since the Dave Matthews Band and before, music is part of the beating heart of Charlottesville.  WMRA's Sefe Emokpae takes us on a tour.... 

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WMRA News
3:41 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Bloody Knuckles and Poked Eyes: These Two Play Rough

Classical piano duo (Greg) Anderson & (Elizabeth) Roe
Credit Courtesy the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Some of their music videos have more than 1 million views on YouTube.  Not bad for a classical music piano duo.

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Second Look
12:22 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Makerspaces; Fine Arts Education; Visual Arts in Charlottesville

What if there were a place that existed just to provide space to create?  In this space you could make almost anything you wanted and you could do it alongside other creative innovators. Such places, called "makerspaces," are beginning to crop up in cities all over the United States including Charlottesville and Staunton.

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Second Look
1:39 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Visual Arts in Staunton, Arts Scene in the 'Burg, Meet the Livestock Judges

WMRA’s Luanne Austin takes us to Staunton, where, from tiny, out-of-the-way workshops to the better known art galleries, the visual arts play a big role in Staunton’s cultural life, and in the tourist experience....  And, in a replay from October 2014, it turns out that quite a few people have been working pretty hard at growing the arts in Harrisonburg, too, and that goes hand-in-hand with the effort to revitalize downtown....  The four high-schoolers on the championship-winning Rockingham County 4-H Livestock Judging Team are getting ready to compete in Scotland this summer - and developi

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Second Look
1:32 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Leymah Gbowee Visits, Lawmakers Tackle Sexual Assault, Cyber Security

Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee visited her alma mater, Eastern Mennonite University, to support an Ebola fundraiser organized by EMU’s International Student Organization.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton was there....  The problem of campus sexual assault gets some attention in the General Assembly, WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports that the proposals are not without controversy....  Kara Lofton filed a two-part report with some advice for how to protect YOUR identity and data online, and on the broader problem faced by businesses and governments....  and we meet Iraqi refugee Husam Abdulazeez, as Andrew

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Second Look
1:27 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Country Doc, Pipeline Hearings, Hemp-Hemp Hooray

A physician from Middlebrook receives the “Country Doctor of the Year” award at his church in Spotswood.  And, as WMRA's Luanne Austin reports, his second clinic is at a very "high traffic" location....  WMRA’s Andrew Jenner filed a couple of stories on legislation before this session of the General Assembly.  The first regards an issue about which many residents in the path of the proposed Dominion natural-gas pipeline say that they are not being heard when they raise concerns about its effect on their property.  At least two lawmakers in the General Assembly are responding to those concer

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Addicted Nurses
4:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Addicted Nurses: A Problem in Need of Better Solutions

The News Leader's Patricia Borns

The problem of addiction is certainly not a new one.

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Power Outage
4:43 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Power Outage Knocked WMRA Off Air Temporarily

Wednesday, November 26, power outages knocked our main signal off the air.

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Election Results
6:31 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Warner Claims Victory; Brat, Goodlatte Win

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner claimed victory over Republican challenger Ed Gillespie.

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News Leader's Calvin Trice
4:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Natural Gas Pipeline Fight Heats Up in Augusta

Calvin Trice, Government Reporter for the News Leader in Staunton.

Earlier this year Dominion Power Company proposed plans for the construction of a new natural gas pipeline.

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