Bob Leweke

Interim News Director / Morning Edition Host

Bob Leweke is WMRA's Interim 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, biking, reading and movie-watching, and spending time with his family doing all of the above.  You can follow him on Twitter @WMRAmorning.


6:40 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Governor Tim Kaine: Budgets, Taxes, Republicans and the U.S. Senate

Former Virginia Governor and current U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine

Former Governor Tim Kaine is running against former Republican Governor George Allen for the U.S. Senate.

Governor Kaine appeared on the campaign trail with President Obama in Charlottesville in late August, during which he said “Virginia will not go back, and the nation will not go back.”  Bob asked him what Republican programs or policies he believes would do that.

7:18 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Allen on 'Repeal & Replace', Guns, and the Budget

Republican George Allen is running to retake the U-S Senate seat he lost in 2006 to Jim Webb, who is retiring after one term.

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6:20 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Andy Schmookler: Democratic Candidate for the 6th District

Andy Schmookler is the Democratic challenger to 6th District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte in the November elections.

Virginia's 6th District covers all or part of Shenandoah, Rockingham, Highland, Augusta, Alleghany, Bath, Bedford, Rockbridge, Botetourt, Roanoke and Amherst Counties.  Bob Leweke spoke with Mr. Schmookler, who began by describing why he is running.

Find more about Andy Schmookler.

Virginia Insight
6:46 am
Fri May 25, 2012

BackStory Special: Monumental Disagreements

Coming up Monday, May 28th, at 3pm.

For Memorial Day, Virginia Insight takes the day off, and the American History Guys take time to consider how and what Americans have memorialized.  They’ve been wondering about the marble statues of presidents and those faces blasted into mountains — what do they really represent?  Turns out, their meanings often say more about their creators than the people they memorialize.  The Washington monument itself was the subject of decades of controversy about what sort of country the founders meant this to be.

The Spark
12:13 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Mining the History of Nelson and Albemarle

Photo credit: Charlie Woodroof

Sculptor Kierk Ashemore-Sorensen is part owner of Alberene Soapstone Company and knows a lot about the history of soapstone mining in Nelson and Albemarle County.

The Spark
12:10 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Jessie Knadler: Finding Herself in Rockbridge County

Former NYC magazine writer Jessie Knadler (shown with baby June) left the bright lights and big city for a man, bungalow and eight acres in Rockbridge county. And in the process found herself...

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The Spark
12:54 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Sculpting the Past

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.

6:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Arun Gandhi: Lessons from Grandfather Mahatma

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

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6:20 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Mock Convention Time at Washington & Lee

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.

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6:20 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Former Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen on Running for the Senate

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.