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 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 @WMRAbob.

Ways To Connect

During the month of June, this WMRA series will explore the state of Virginia's unique environment, specifically its water, air and soil.  How does agriculture affect our drinkable water, and the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed?  How well are we doing cleaning up industrial pollutants such as mercury?  Are decades-old problems, such as acid rain and runoff from coal-fueled power plants, getting solved?  How clean is the air we breathe?

We meet a few of the growing number of male nurses, and find out why they make more money than female nurses, in a report by Kara Lofton....  Luanne Austin takes us to a truck stop medical clinic in Raphine, run by the "Country Doctor of the Year".... and Rebekah Greenfield unpacks the "Suitcase Clinic," which provides mobile health care for the homeless in Harrisonburg.  And, we learn how to photograph the night sky in this week's installment of The Spark.

This week in the WMRA region:  WMRA's Kara Lofton attended a forum, part of a series, to discuss mental health and substance issues in Harrisonburg.... Bob Leweke spoke with News Leader reporter Laura Peters, who broke the story of hundreds of voicemails to a Child Protective Services office in Augusta County being deleted last year.... The Natural Bridge Zoo was shut down in March for multiple infractions, and Jessie Knadler took a look.... and Scott Lowe rode Interstate 81 with a member of Virginia's Safety Service Patrol.

The Child Protective Services office that serves Augusta County, including Staunton and Waynesboro, is under scrutiny in recent days for deleting hundreds of voicemails in its system.  (Note: this story has been updated with a statement from the Shenandoah Valley Social Services office in Verona, released after this interview aired on WMRA.  See below.)

WMRA's Kara Lofton reports on a youth-oriented community farm in Augusta County...

WMRA's Andrew Jenner tagged along during the 20th Citizen Police Academy in Harrisonburg....

WMRA's Kara Lofton attended Staunton's "Innovate LIVE" conference, in case you missed it...

In the last installment of our series on homelessness, WMRA’s Kara Lofton talks to local experts about how solving the housing crisis could be the answer to eliminating homelessness in Virginia....

Kara Lofton

In the last installment of our series on homelessness, WMRA’s Kara Lofton talks to local experts about how solving the housing crisis could be the answer to eliminating homelessness in Virginia.

Alcoholism does not define Richard Rose, but his life has certainly been shaped by the addiction.

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