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, where he taught public speaking, mass media law, communication theory and other courses.  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 plays the drums for The Sustainers, a Harrisonburg blues-rock cover band.  You can follow him on Twitter @WMRAnews.

WMRA Daily 5/16/18

May 16, 2018

A federal appeals court halts construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but Dominion says they will keep building anyway... Charlottesville may hire an African-American woman as its next police chief, that would be a first… With no agreement on the budget in sight, Virginia’s Senate will meet next week to continue negotiations….

WMRA Daily 5/15/18

May 15, 2018

The number of homeless children and adults in the Valley is up...  Meanwhile, Virginians are giving less to charity than a few years ago…  The House passed a budget, now it’s the Senate’s turn, but will Medicaid expansion be part of the bargain for Virginians?

WMRA Daily 5/14/18

May 14, 2018

The brother of the accused school shooter in Parkland is moving to Staunton… Republicans in the House criticize Republicans in the Senate for foot-dragging on the state budget… Lawmakers are in Richmond this week to figure out what to do with decades of pollution from coal mining….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager rides along with postal workers, fighting hunger in their communities one neighborhood at a time... Emily Richardson-Lorente surveys HPV vaccinations in Virginia, and the consequences of not getting the vaccine... We also survey Virginia politics for the week.

WMRA Daily 5/11/18

May 11, 2018

Mother-daughter anti-pipeline tree sitters visit supporters in Harrisonburg… A Rockingham County deputy is cleared of charges after shooting a suspect in Timberville… Health insurance premiums in Virginia could skyrocket next year….

WMRA Daily 5/10/18

May 10, 2018

A Baltimore KKK member will be allowed to leave Virginia while awaiting sentencing… Virginia’s attorney general sues a Madison service dog company… Three years after nearly shutting down, more students are showing interest in Sweet Briar College….

WMRA Daily 5/9/18

May 9, 2018

A KKK leader is sentenced for his role in last August’s violent rally in Charlottesville… Rockingham County deputies shot a man who fired at them…  Virginia begins to address its high eviction rate….

WMRA Daily 5/8/18

May 8, 2018

The mother-daughter pair of tree protesters recently forced out take their protest to Charlottesville… Nine months after a torch-lit white supremacist rally, UVa says anyone not affiliated with the university must get approval before speaking on campus…  State regulators reject Dominion’s renewable energy plan….

WMRA Daily 5/7/18

May 7, 2018

The governing body at Virginia’s largest university resolves to put a stop to the kind of faculty-hiring agreements recently discovered with the Koch Foundation…  A new study finds that most civil defendants go into Virginia’s general district courts without a lawyer, and they usually lose… A decade after the Great Recession, one economic indicator is still lagging behind….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler finds a cruise line that caters to families who have kids with autism, and Jordy Yager takes a look at everyday life for such families who lack resources.  Those are the final two installments of our series on autism.  Also, Christopher Clymer Kurtz digs into the garden with Harrisonburg school kids, and visits a non-profit clinic hoping to do even more for expectant mothers.

WMRA Daily 5/4/18

May 4, 2018

A second man faces up to 20 years in prison for the beating of DeAndre Harris… As the NRA meets in Dallas, Democratic lawmakers in Virginia hold their task force on gun safety this weekend… For the first time, the number of lobbyists in Virginia politics has topped 1,000….

WMRA Daily 5/3/18

May 3, 2018

One GOP candidate vying to replace Bob Goodlatte has filed a federal election complaint against one of his rivals for the nomination… Virginia’s attorney general says one in five Virginians may have been affected by the big privacy breach at Facebook… One Harrisonburg clinic fills the gap in prenatal care for anyone who needs the service, regardless of insurance coverage….

WMRA Daily 5/2/18

May 2, 2018

The man charged in the beating of DeAndre Harris during last August’s violent rally in Charlottesville has been found guilty… Dominion says it will generate more solar power in the coming years… And the governor’s office says Virginia will continue to protect the public from coal ash, even as the EPA rolls back its regulations….

WMRA Daily 5/1/18

May 1, 2018

Absentee voting has begun in Virginia leading up to the June primary election… Your local public radio station is still here, but local newspapers across the Old Dominion are shutting down… We wrap up our series on autism with a look at the challenges of parenting a child with autism, on a very limited budget….

WMRA Daily 4/30/18

Apr 30, 2018

The organizer of last summer’s white supremacist rally defends himself against a U-V-A ban, as students rally against him… state environmental officials open up a comment period for the public to weigh in, again, on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager adds the next installment of our series on autism, with a look at how first responders -- cops, firefighters, rescue workers -- train to deal with people with the spectrum disorder.  Also, Jessie Knadler tells the story of the Shark Tank -style competition in Lexington for local entrepreneurs....

WMRA Daily 4/20/18

Apr 20, 2018

The three Republicans vying to challenge Senator Tim Kaine this fall meet in another debate… Virginia will get nearly $10 million to fight the opioid battle… How do first responders – cops, fire fighters and so on – train to deal with, and serve, people with autism?

WMRA Daily 4/19/18

Apr 19, 2018

White supremacist propaganda sprinkled around Charlottesville neighborhoods… some Democrats in the General Assembly are calling on the governor to hit the brakes on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines…  Could the answer for Puerto Rico be solar power?  A local benefit concert is raising money toward that end….

WMRA Daily 4/18/18

Apr 18, 2018

The Republican-led House of Delegates approves its version of the state budget, again expanding Medicaid to low-income Virginians… Next week, high school students are encouraged to register to vote… You have an extra day to file your federal taxes, and we’ll take a look at the tax burden that Virginians bear….

WMRA Daily 4/17/18

Apr 17, 2018

The photographer who captured the moment a terrorist plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville last August has won the Pulitzer Prize for his work… those severe storms on Sunday may have contributed to a small plane crash, and the pilot’s death, in Crozet… and, a Shark Tank-like competition comes to Lexington….

WMRA Daily 4/16/18

Apr 16, 2018

Parts of Virginia suffer damage from the thunderstorms that rolled through Sunday night… Just as the Tom Tom Founders Fest begins to wind down, a statue of Thomas Jefferson is vandalized on the UVa campus… Senator Tim Kaine says he will vote against Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler brings us two animal-related stories: the third in our series on autism, with a look at animal therapies... and, goat yoga.  'Nuff said.  Christopher Clymer Kurtz also gets in on the animal act with his deep report on reactions to Harrisonburg's decision to reject Anicira's bid to take over shelter services from SPCA.

WMRA Daily 4/13/18

Apr 13, 2018

Those monster fee increases proposed last year for Shenandoah National Park and others?  Yeah, not so much… The admission fee is going up $5, not $40… Is Republican Congressman Dave Brat in Virginia’s 7th District in danger from a possible blue wave?  We also explore how useful animals can be in therapies for children with autism….

WMRA Daily 4/12/18

Apr 12, 2018

Even after losing its bid to take over Harrisonburg’s animal shelter services, Anicira says it’s pleased with the result… In Richmond, supporters of Medicaid expansion filled the state Senate gallery Wednesday… And one local state Senator says he thinks the votes are there….

WMRA Daily 4/11/18

Apr 11, 2018

Harrisonburg will continue to use the SPCA as an animal shelter, rejecting a bid by Anicira… Virginia lawmakers return to Richmond today – can they come to agreement on expanding Medicaid, and a budget?  And, forget cat-cow… GOAT yoga has made its way to Rockbridge….

WMRA Daily 4/10/18

Apr 10, 2018

One neo-Nazi group agrees not to return to Charlottesville, after its involvement in last August’s violence… John Cleese and Dan Rather are among the attractions for this week’s Tom Tom Founders Fest… What can Virginia learn from the two-thirds of the other states in the country that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare?

WMRA Daily 4/9/18

Apr 9, 2018

A Republican state Senator flips on Medicaid expansion in Virginia, raising the possibility of a budget agreement… U-S Senator Tim Kaine visits Harrisonburg as part of his re-election kick-off… Motorcycle rider deaths are way up, and some riders blame car drivers with cell phones….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz takes a look at how thousands of students with autism are being served in Virginia’s public schools.  It's the second installment in that series.  He also spoke with one of the activists who was among the nine arrested for trespassing at the Cargill plant in Dayton on Wednesday.  On Thursday, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta spoke to a packed house at the Forbes Center, and Calvin Pynn was there.  And Jordy Yager checks in on a Spring break camp for girls in Charlottesville.  Plus, Virginia politics!

WMRA Daily 4/5/18

Apr 5, 2018

Nine protesters arrested at the Cargill plant in Dayton trying to support workers’ rights to unionize… Harrisonburg city staff recommend against turning animal shelter services over to Anicira…. How are Virginia’s public schools serving students with autism?  Our series continues….

WMRA Daily 4/4/18

Apr 4, 2018

Valley activists say they are carrying on MLK’s work by supporting local poultry workers…  State regulators question whether the big electric utility overhaul passed by lawmakers this year is constitutional… UVa researchers learn more about why some babies and not others die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome….

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