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.

WMRA Daily 10/10/17

Oct 10, 2017

Virginia’s major-party candidates for governor have their final debate before November’s election… a study identifies the demographics of the white supremacists, mostly men, who flocked to Charlottesville for their hate-filled rally in August… and, ESPN’s College Game Day returns to Harrisonburg and JMU this week….

WMRA Daily 10/9/17

Oct 9, 2017

A Ku Klux Klan leader who is accused of firing a gun at the August 12 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is in custody… a small plane crashes near Front Royal, and the pilot is dead…  and, the latest poll shows that Democrats maintain their lead in statewide races…

WMRA Daily 10/6/17

Oct 6, 2017

Thousands of Virginians are eligible for Medicaid, but aren’t signed up – yet; Facebook is opening a data center east of the state capital, and Las Vegas’ impact on Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election.

WMRA Daily 10/5/17

Oct 5, 2017

A Virginia judge rules that a lawsuit over Charlottesville’s plans to remove a confederate statue may go forward; the National Park Service repairs a defaced monument; a decision regarding water quality permits for the pipelines traversing VA and the fate of healthcare for the Commonwealth’s low-income children.

WMRA Daily 10/4/17

Oct 4, 2017

The effects of DACA on two JMU students, Rockbridge County's Democratic chairman resigns and reopening the twin issues of gun rights and gun control in VA.

WMRA Daily 10/3/17

Oct 3, 2017

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s possible expansion into South Carolina, VCU Health Center’s mass casualty response plan, and the strength of the economic engine that is Northern Virginia.

WMRA Daily 10/2/17

Oct 2, 2017

An astronaut will lecture at Bridgewater, candidates for governor get a boost from Bush and Clinton, and a Marine Corps veteran moves into a new home – mortgage free.

WMRA Daily 10/2/17

Oct 2, 2017

An astronaut will lecture at Bridgewater, candidates for governor get a boost from Bush and Clinton, and a Marine Corps veteran moves into a new home – mortgage free.

Paula Poundstone, comedian and Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me panelist, will return to the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Friday, October 6th. Paula relies on audience participation for her performances, and says no two of her shows are ever the same. But her material also includes riffing on her life with three kids, and a houseful of pets. WMRA's Bob Leweke took the opportunity to  talk with Paula Poundstone about what's new in her life.

WMRA Daily 9/29/17

Sep 29, 2017

Another man has been arrested for assault during the August 12 white supremacist rally, he’ll be extradited to Charlottesville… as National Suicide Prevention Awareness month draws to a close, an event in Charlottesville brings in the Dancing Cop from America’s Got Talent to help teach recognizing suicidal behavior in others…. And, we meet the ophthalmologist celebrating his 80th birthday by putting on his own piano concert of Chopin’s music….

WMRA Daily 9/28/17

Sep 28, 2017

Charlottesville leaders and residents gathered for a panel discussion on race, less than seven weeks after August 12th…  and Virginia Senator Mark Warner wonders how Russians favoring Trump during last year’s presidential campaign knew who to target on Facebook…

WMRA Daily 9/27/17

Sep 27, 2017

A state official says health insurance premiums under the ACA are set to skyrocket next year… Good news for those concerned about public attitudes toward LGBTQ people… and, can a Canadian approach help treat the opioid crisis in Virginia?

WMRA Daily 9/26/17

Sep 26, 2017

Confusion over health insurance markets may mean that fewer people in Virginia enroll this year… a UVa monuments expert visits JMU to talk about the link between Confederate monuments and white supremacy… and, we meet the Harrisonburg family that brings traditional Aztec dance to the city’s International Festival….

WMRA Daily 9/25/17

Sep 25, 2017

Democrats still showing a lead over Republicans in the latest statewide election poll… thousands of people enjoyed Dave Matthews’ Unity concert at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville on Sunday… and, one year after becoming a state park, Natural Bridge visits are way up….

On this week's Second Look, we profile Charlottesville's Eboni Bugg, as the next installment of our Women of Interest series, and we hear from other African Americans in Charlottesville who find conversations of race and inequality more urgent than ever.

WMRA Daily 9/22/17

Sep 22, 2017

Charlottesville Congressman Tom Garrett is working for the release of two pastors imprisoned in Sudan… we have a preview of Tomtoberfest… and, the next installment in our Women of Interest series, a woman on a mission to heal as much of the world as she can….

WMRA Daily 9/21/17

Sep 21, 2017

Tens of thousands more kids in Virginia are eating school breakfasts, according to the Governor… another concern facing state lawmakers is how to better serve children who face violence or trauma at home… and, we meet the members of a collaborative effort in Charlottesville to provide counseling and healing after the traumatic events of August….

WMRA Daily 9/20/17

Sep 20, 2017

The two major party gubernatorial candidates sparred over taxes, Trump, and Confederate monuments last night… Robert E. Lee’s church in Lexington is no longer named after him after a vote Tuesday… and, Charlottesville’s black residents look at an uncertain future, after a violent summer....

WMRA Daily 9/19/17

Sep 19, 2017

Virginia State Police warn of a new email scam… we have a preview of Tuesday night’s debate between the major party candidates for governor… and, we visit last weekend’s air show near Bridgewater, as a company called Dynamic Aviation celebrates it’s 50th anniversary….

WMRA Daily 9/18/17

Sep 18, 2017

UVa announces its new president, the ninth in its history… Anthem changes its mind, and says it WILL offer health insurance plans in Virginia under the ACA… and, a new threat to the ongoing recovery of the bald eagle population in Virginia….

On this week's Second Look, Lexington has been grappling with Confederate monuments since long before violence over them broke out in Charlottesville… Jessie Knadler has that story, plus the latest profile in our Women of Interest series… Marguerite Gallorini reports on what investigative journalists are saying about their profession these days… and, Christopher Clymer Kurtz surveys a week of protests over proposed natural gas pipelines.

WMRA Daily 9/15/17

Sep 15, 2017

UVa says it will donate to a fund helping people injured on August 12 in Charlottesville, in rebuke to the K-K-K… the Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a law that keeps state regulators away from a portion of electric rates… protesters showed up at D-E-Q offices around the state, including the one in Harrisonburg, to make their voices heard against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline….

WMRA Daily 9/14/17

Sep 14, 2017

UVa’s president says those who covered a statue of Thomas Jefferson desecrated sacred ground… Virginia’s health insurance market is teetering, especially for poor people, even as coverage is up because of the ACA… and, in the next episode of Women of Interest, we meet an 82-year-old bookkeeper whose work ethic would put most of us to shame….

WMRA Daily 9/13/17

Sep 13, 2017

The Senate and House yesterday both passed a resolution, introduced by Virginia’s Senators, condemning white supremacists, and calling on Trump to do so… VMI in Lexington says it will keep its Confederate statues… and, investigative journalists discuss the state of their profession in the age of Trump….

WMRA Daily 9/12/17

Sep 12, 2017

A new report from UVa says campus police failed to enforce fire bans on university grounds during a torchlit white supremacist rally last month… Harrisonburg’s Cesar Lara Rios gets more time to make his case to stay in the U.S.… and, Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly weighs in on the question of race, and monuments, in Charlottesville and elsewhere….

WMRA Daily 9/11/17

Sep 11, 2017

The Charlottesville area SPCA rescues animals from Houston, and some of them should be available for adoption today…. Meanwhile, in Harrisonburg, the city may decide to switch animal shelter services away from the local SPCA, but it they do, what would the county do?... and, a new project at UVa's law school aims to improve the criminal justice system….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz follows Valley photographer Howard Zehr as he revisits some prisoners serving life terms....  Marguerite Gallorini provides the next installment of our Women of Interest series, a profile of a woman who is leading the charge to put together a 100 Black Women chapter in Charlottesville....  Faith Pinho takes us on a tour of Lexington’s new maker space....  and Christopher takes us to a farm near Harrisonburg where a JMU professor is leading a research project to grow, and study, hemp.

WMRA Daily 9/8/17

Sep 8, 2017

A major health insurer in Virginia says it’s pulling out of the subsidized market created by the Affordable Care Act… UVa’s President Sullivan assesses the university’s response to the violent rallies of August… and, a look at the prospects for farming hemp in Virginia, one JMU professor is working on that….

WMRA Daily 9/7/17

Sep 7, 2017

Trump says he was worried about a potential lawsuit by states over maintaining the DACA policy.... Now he’s got one from fifteen states, including Virginia, over his decision to scrap it… A big, free unity concert in Charlottesville is announced… and, we tour a new maker space in Lexington…

WMRA Daily 9/6/17

Sep 6, 2017

Charlottesville residents and activists express anger not just over last month’s violence, but ongoing conditions for the city’s poor, as Council votes to remove another Confederate statue… Virginia’s economy will take a big hit as DACA is rescinded… and, local photographer Howard Zehr revisits prisoners doing life…

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