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.

Nineteen people are reported injured, and one dead, after a car plowed through a crowd of people marching peacefully against white nationalists and Nazis in Charlottesville.  Mayor Mike Signer tweeted:  "I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home."  Here is reporting from NPR.

WMRA Daily 8/11/17

Aug 11, 2017

A jury recommends life in prison for a man convicted of killing his wife with antifreeze in Verona… Virginia State Police are looking for the driver of a tractor-trailer who apparently killed a Tennessee man near Lexington in a hit-and-run… We also take a look at the role of unemployment in this year’s campaign for Virginia governor…

WMRA Daily 8/10/17

Aug 10, 2017

Charlottesville braces for another big rally, while the city is still raw from the July KKK rally and the police response… yet another poll shows Democrat Northam leading Republican Gillespie for governor… and, we take a look at the mortgage tax deduction – will tax reform happen in Washington?

WMRA Daily 8/9/17

Aug 9, 2017

A former JMU student is sentenced to time behind bars for voter fraud… Virginia’s health insurance market actually looks pretty healthy for the coming year, despite Republican claims that it’s “imploding”… and, at the moment, the Democrats are leading the Republicans in this year’s statewide contests….

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In the mood for some classical?  The Staunton Music Festival, where musicians from around the world descend on the town for a week long “rethink” of classical music, is back for the middle of August. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler spoke to its founders about why this festival in little ol’ Staunton has become a can’t-miss event for music lovers from all over.

WMRA Daily 8/8/17

Aug 8, 2017

Charlottesville City Council denies a white nationalist group’s request to rally later this month at Emancipation Park downtown, moving it to another park farther away… protesters, and supporters, show up at a public hearing for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Harrisonburg… and, we’ve got a look at the history of the Staunton Music Festival….

WMRA Daily 8/7/17

Aug 7, 2017

The NRA endorses Republican Ed Gillespie for governor… Senator Mark Warner co-sponsors legislation to send some relief to food deserts in America… and, a little-known Virginia law allows private collection agencies to slap huge fees on college debt, and one lawmaker proposes a fix…

On this week's Second Look, Christopher Clymer Kurtz has the next installment of our Women of Interest series with a profile of Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed.... Marguerite Gallorini talks with local health care professionals about the opioid problem, and a new report led by a UVa professor.... and, Virginia Public Radio's Sandy Hausman explores issues surrounding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

WMRA Daily 8/4/17

Aug 4, 2017

Harrisonburg’s state senator Mark Obenshain requests a review of the state’s elections agency, but the report isn’t due until after next year’s mid-term elections… Planned Parenthood in Virginia throws its support behind Democrat Ralph Northam for governor… and, we take a look at a big new report to the F-D-A on opioids, chaired by a U-V-A professor.

WMRA Daily 8/3/17

Aug 3, 2017

Charlottesville says it spent more than $30,000 on its police response to the Ku Klux Klan rally last month, as another far-right rally to support the Lee statue and counter-protest is planned for this month… Dominion Energy repays money it overcharged thousands of commercial customers… and, in today’s feature, the next installment of our “Women of Interest” series… we’ll profile Harrisonburg mayor Deena Reed.

WMRA Daily 8/2/17

Aug 2, 2017

Virginia is aging, but unevenly.  Where will the older people congregate, and what places will be getting younger in the next 20 years?  We’ll take a look at that, and at an exhibit of photographs of refugees in the Valley, that exhibit opens this weekend.

WMRA Daily 8/1/17

Aug 1, 2017

Waynesboro gets a big settlement to make up for years of mercury pollution of the South River by the DuPont plant… political activist Dr. Cornel West is coming to Charlottesville to join faith leaders in opposition to a white nationalist rally on August 12th… and what would happen in Virginia if Trump carries out his threat to cut off health care subsidies under ObamaCare?

WMRA Daily 7/31/17

Jul 31, 2017

JMU is among three Virginia universities now conducting research on industrial hemp under a new state law… Senator Cree Deeds drops a state lawsuit, but his case against a Rockbridge County agency related to the 2013 death of his son remains… and, the Department of Transportation asks for bids for a new air carrier for Shenandoah Valley’s airport...

On this week's Second Look, we appreciate previous award-winning stories by Kara Lofton ('The Pause') and Jordy Yager ('Food Insecurity'), and we analyze the past week in Virginia politics.

WMRA Daily 7/28/17

Jul 28, 2017

A Charlottesville high school teacher is under arrest for alleged possession of child pornography… Republican Ed Gillespie announces a plan for public safety… and, we’ll have a look at what it will be like, soon, when whites are a minority in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 7/27/17

Jul 27, 2017

Charlottesville’s Chihamba African-American festival is back, and we’ve got a preview…  a Virginia Tech-designed self-driving car makes a cross-country trip, winding up in Richmond...  and, we take a look at money in Virginia politics.

WMRA Daily 7/26/17

Jul 26, 2017

ViaAir answers complaints by officials at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, who are looking for a new carrier… One Virginia lawmaker is looking for a way to regulate online lending…. And, Natural Bridge gets a stress test….

WMRA Daily 7/25/17

Jul 25, 2017

On Monday the U.S. House of Representatives voted down a money bill that many veterans opposed, including one veteran in Harrisonburg… meanwhile, Democrats choose Virginia’s 10th District to announce their new “Better Deal” program to take back power in Washington…

WMRA Daily 7/24/17

Jul 24, 2017

Virginia’s major party candidates for governor met in their first debate in Hot Springs, but the Libertarian wasn’t invited…  Shenandoah Valley’s airport is unhappy with ViaAir, the sole provider of air service there, and airport officials want to replace them…

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jessie Knadler gauges the health of federal and state funding to help farmers make our rivers cleaner (hint: that funding may dry up altogether).... Sefe Emokpae kicks off our summer news series, 'Women of Interest', with a profile of Viktoria Parvin, the new pastor at St. Mark Lutheran in Charlottesville....

WMRA Daily 7/21/17

Jul 21, 2017

Senator Tim Kaine will visit the remote medical clinic that once each year provides free medical care for people in the Appalachians…  Authorities say dashcam video footage shows a Culpeper County man pointed a shotgun at deputies before they fatally shot him after a chase...  and, the debate over debates in Virginia’s race for governor has begun….

WMRA Daily 7/20/17

Jul 20, 2017

Governor McAuliffe invites Senate Republican Mitch McConnell to visit a free health clinic for the poor in Southwestern Virginia, as the Senate continues to consider repealing Obamacare… Agriculture in our area is growing like a well-tended field of crops… and, we kick off a series of profiles of interesting women in our area today….

WMRA Daily 7/19/17

Jul 19, 2017

Governor McAuliffe says the Republican failure in Washington to enact any health care legislation may open the door to his longtime goal of expanding Medicaid in Virginia… The Democrat who would like to replace him is rolling out an economic plan for rural Virginia…. And, Jessie Knadler has a deep look at protecting Virginia’s waterways….

WMRA Daily 7/18/17

Jul 18, 2017

Civil rights groups, and Charlottesville citizens, are complaining about police conduct during the KKK rally and counter-protest earlier this month, and some want the governor’s office to investigate… Meanwhile, the governor does an end run around President Trump to forge a trade pact with Mexico City….

WMRA Daily 7/17/17

Jul 17, 2017

Bee colonies in Virginia may soon get some help from a new program to manage pesticides… the family of a woman killed in Charlottesville five years ago seeks help from the public in solving her murder… and Senator Mark Warner doesn’t believe Donald Trump didn’t know about that meeting between a Russian lawyer and his son last year….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager and Emily Richardson-Lorente team up to cover the recent Ku Klux Klan rally, and much larger counter-protest, in Charlottesville.... Jessie Knadler explores why Virginia tends to look the other way as farms pollute the Shenandoah and its tributaries.... Faith Pinho meets the composer using solar power to blend nature sounds with his music.... and, Virginia Public Radio reports on the problematic drugs now used by the state to execute prisoners.

WMRA Daily 7/14/17

Jul 14, 2017

The state Supreme Court rules against an Augusta County property owner in her fight to keep Atlantic Coast Pipeline surveyors off her land… Corey Stewart is back – he narrowly lost the GOP bid to run for governor, but he says he’ll run against Tim Kaine for Senate next year…

WMRA Daily 7/13/17

Jul 13, 2017

Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie speaks up on the debate in Congress over health care…. Virginia’s Indian tribes may have hit a new obstacle in their quest for federal recognition…. Charlottesville defends its proposed removal of General Lee’s statue in court.

WMRA Daily 7/12/17

Jul 12, 2017

Charlottesville police defend the use of tear gas against those protesting the KKK on Saturday… Senator Tim Kaine says Trump officials meeting with a Russian lawyer last year may have committed treason… and, another chance to join the move to solar power in the Valley….

WMRA Daily 7/11/17

Jul 11, 2017

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