Bob Leweke

News Director / Morning Edition Host

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


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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

11:38 am
Thu November 24, 2011

National Day of Listening 2011

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


Read more
2:27 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Occupy Charlottesville

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


Read more
2:28 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Occupy Harrisonburg

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


Read more
2:08 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Proposed Amphitheater for Harrisonburg

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.

Read more
2:00 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Liz Lerman Turns Science into Dance

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.

Read more
12:06 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

David Isay and the National Day of Listening