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 Christopher Clymer Kurtz takes a look at the battle over who will provide animal shelter services in Harrisonburg.... Charlottesville residents got to blow off some steam at a so-called Healing Town Hall, as the mayor is forced to apologize for a Facebook post that looked a lot like scapegoating others for the violent white supremacist rally and much-criticized police response.

WMRA Daily 9/1/17

Sep 1, 2017

Charlottesville again in the news today…. Opponents to the city’s proposed removal of the Lee statue will get a hearing in court, and a couple of white supremacists who defended that statue in the violent August 12th rally are getting pressed through the court system…. Also, it’s Anicira versus the SPCA – who will provide animal services for the city of Harrisonburg in the future?  We take a look…

WMRA Daily 8/31/17

Aug 31, 2017

Charlottesville city officials met behind closed doors Wednesday, and afterward Mayor Mike Signer apologized… we’ll find out why…. Virginia rescue crews are headed to Texas to help with the flooding from Harvey…. And Senator Tim Kaine calls the questions over the future of the DACA program for Dreamers “an existential crisis”…

WMRA Daily 8/30/17

Aug 30, 2017

Two men have been identified as part of the violence in Charlottesville – one in Georgia has been arrested, and one in Ohio is fighting extradition to Virginia… and, a look at how young many of those running for the House of Delegates are this year…

WMRA Daily 8/29/17

Aug 29, 2017

The commonwealth’s shrinking juvenile prison population, and Charlottesville’s court battle over removing the statue of Robert E. Lee.

WMRA Daily 8/28/17

Aug 28, 2017

A ten day march from Charlottesville to Washington DC begins today.  New charges filed against three people involved in the deadly Charlottesville rally.  And candidates for governor weigh in on what to do with the commonwealth’s many confederate statues.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager reports on the raucous city council meeting in Charlottesville, the first since the violent white supremacist rally there on August 12th.... Marguerite Gallorini reports on the role of school discipline racial disparities in the school to prison pipeline, and she has the story of a UVa researcher who questions the efficacy of 'ban the box' laws meant to help ex-felons get jobs.... and, Calvin Pynn takes us back to the '70s and '80s, the Golden Age of analog synthesizers!

WMRA Daily 8/25/17

Aug 25, 2017

Actions taken by Governor Terry McAuliffe -  a new commission to study radicalism and racism, funds to expand a craft brewery in Augusta County, and contemplating whether or not to approve water quality permits for pipelines.

WMRA Daily 8/24/17

Aug 24, 2017

Do ban the box laws do more harm than good?  The high cost of higher education is getting even higher, and a present for expectant parents.

WMRA Daily 8/23/17

Aug 23, 2017

A fresh poll from Roanoke College shows Democrat Ralph Northam still holding a lead in the governor’s race, and Virginians deeply divided on a number of issues… we also take a look at a new way to get local wheat to your kitchen table, that’s a lot like the old way…

WMRA Daily 8/22/17

Aug 22, 2017

Angry Charlottesville citizens took over Monday night’s city council meeting for a while, the first since the deadly white supremacist rally, and WMRA’s Jordy Yager was there… meanwhile, students are returning to UVa this week, and some of them and their families are concerned in the wake of the violence of August 12th… and, Virginia wraps up its fiscal year in good standing…

WMRA Daily 8/21/17

Aug 21, 2017

State lawmakers from the WMRA region call for the DEQ to slow down its process for evaluating the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… meanwhile, in the wake of Charlottesville, many lawmakers, and citizens, are re-evaluating the permitting process for mass rallies, and also not just whether Confederate monuments should come down, but whether public fixtures such as schools and bridges should be renamed…

On this week's Second Look, we review the week in WMRA’s coverage of events in Charlottesville, including Marguerite Gallorini's report on Monday's press conference with Police Chief Al Thomas, and criticism of how police handled last Saturday’s violence.... Marguerite also attended a community conversation to find a way forward in Charlottesville... and Faith Pinho talks with Episcopal church leaders who offered solace and solidarity in the face of Saturday's violence, and are reviving Dr. King's vision of a 'Beloved Community'...

WMRA Daily 8/18/17

Aug 18, 2017

Senator Mark Warner says he sees some good that may come out of Trump’s comments on Charlottesville… We’ll have the latest on the legal battle over the Robert E. Lee statue, that is at the center of what happened in Charlottesville last weekend… and, we look at how some faith leaders are responding to Charlottesville, and to the problems of race more broadly…

WMRA Daily 8/17/17

Aug 17, 2017

Hundreds gather to remember Heather Heyer, killed in last Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville… later, many people marched peacefully through the U-V-A grounds in a candlelight vigil against hate and violence, as Governor Terry McAuliffe joins calls for localities to take down Confederate monuments… and, we profile Harrisonburg midwife Misty Ward for the next part of our Women of Interest series…

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