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 plays the drums for The Sustainers, a Harrisonburg blues-rock cover band.  You can follow him on Twitter @WMRAnews.

Sculpting the Past

May 22, 2012

Coming up Friday, May 25, at Noon.

Sculptor Kierk Ashmore-Sorensen is part owner, and the institutional memory, of Alberene Soapstone Company in Schuyler, Virginia.

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi, talks about lessons learned from his grandfather.

Just about every four years since 1908, the students at Washington and Lee have staged a mock convention to predict the presidential nominee for the party out of power… and this year that’s the Republicans.

Former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen is the expected Republican nominee for Virginia’s open U.S. Senate seat in November, the same seat he held until his defeat for re-election in 2006. He recently spoke about the issues in this year’s campaign, and about the federal government's role is in creating jobs.

Harrisonburg, VA – Four years ago, the StoryCorps folks came up with the idea of encouraging Americans to take an hour on the day after Thanksgiving and record a conversation with a loved one. I talked with the founder of StoryCorps, David Isay, about the National Day of Listening, and what's new about this year's event.

National Day of Listening

 

Occupy Charlottesville

Nov 11, 2011

Charlottesville, VA – We recently met one of the organizers of the Occupy Harrisonburg movement. For about three weeks, there's been a similar group of protesters in Lee Park in Charlottesville. I asked Zac Fabian, one of the organizers there, how the Charlottesville protests got started, and how he got involved.

Occupy Charlottesville on Facebook

 

Occupy Harrisonburg

Nov 2, 2011

Harrisonburg, VA – The Occupy Wall Street Movement has spread around the country, including to cities in Virginia. I recently talked to Paulette Moore, one of the participants who has helped organize the protests at Court Square in Harrisonburg, and I asked her how it all got started.

Occupy Harrisonburg on Facebook

 

Harrisonburg, VA – Is a downtown open-air amphitheater in Harrisonburg's future? Businessman David Miller hopes so. He recently proposed an amphitheater and park to be constructed near the Farmer's Market, and the project is open for public comment. Bob Leweke asked him how financing and operating the amphitheater would compare to the city's controversial Heritage Oaks Golf Course, which currently operates at a deficit.

Listen to the Story

Harrisonburg, VA – The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange was founded nearly 35 years ago, and closes out its latest project, "Ferocious Beauty: Genome," January 23, 2011, at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at James Madison University. The show was inspired by the mapping of the human genome. Liz Lerman, founder of the Dance Exchange, talks about the unusual combination of science and dance.

Lexington, VA – The subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 involved more than just less-than-qualified applicants eager for a deal on a mortgage. Some lenders engaged in fraudulent practices designed to deceive homeowners and mortgage brokers. Earlier, Bob Leweke asked Mike Hudson, a reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, for examples of these subprime predatory sales practices.

Winchester, VA – Monday evening on All Things Considered you may remember hearing about the results of a study by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which found that public libraries nationwide continue to expand their digital services while facing budget cuts and shortened operating hours. And libraries in our area are no exception.

Waynesboro, VA – Ed Clark is the president and co-founder of the Wildlife Center of Virginia near Waynesboro.

He recently returned from a 6-day trip to the Gulf of Mexico, sponsored by the Humane Society, to get a first-hand look at the damage to wildlife and to the habitat there.

On tours by helicopter and by boat, Clark traveled along the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Budget Update from the General Assembly

Mar 2, 2010

Harrisonburg, VA – With under two weeks to go to meet the deadline for finalizing a new state budget, Virginia's General Assembly begins deliberations on what will be cut.

WMRA's Tom Graham speaks with Bob Leweke about what has been proposed so far.

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