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, where he taught public speaking, mass media law, communication theory and other courses.  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 1/23/18

Jan 23, 2018

Virginia’s African-American lieutenant governor walks away in protest over lawmakers’ traditional recognition of a Confederate general… Tolls for heavy trucks may be coming to Interstate 81… And, WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz measures the balance between the rights of panhandlers and the need for public safety….

WMRA Daily 1/22/18

Jan 22, 2018

The federal government shuts down, but the effect on our area, including federal courts, is relatively limited so far… pipeline opponents challenge the state water control board’s certification of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in December… and, bills expanding abortion rights have died in the General Assembly….

On this week's Second Look... Turns out everyone got along just fine last weekend in Lexington, as separate groups celebrated Lee-Jackson Day, then Martin Luther King – but those two parades were two days apart, and loads of preparation and extra security helped too.  WMRA’s Faith Pinho was there.  Christopher Clymer Kurtz talked with the head of the region’s largest food bank, who warned of the effects of potential cuts in the federal government’s food assistance program.  Lots of General Assembly news out of Richmond, too.

WMRA Daily 1/19/18

Jan 19, 2018

The state Senate refuses to extend in-state tuition to Virginia’s Dreamers… but, the chamber did approve a softening of penalties for petty theft… and, electricity demand shattered records as record cold settled into Virginia in December and the first weeks of 2018, and you’ll see the effects on your next electric bill….

WMRA Daily 1/18/18

Jan 18, 2018

Policymakers in Richmond are busy grappling with the effect of the new federal tax law, fighting over electricity rates, and dealing with the opioid crisis… meanwhile, the head of the biggest food bank in our area warns about potential cuts to federal funding for food assistance….

WMRA Daily 1/17/18

Jan 17, 2018

Among the bills already dying in the General Assembly are attempts to raise the state’s minimum wage… lawmakers are already complaining about the lack of bipartisanship… and, Virginia joins other states in a lawsuit to block the FCC’s decision to end net neutrality….

WMRA Daily 1/16/18

Jan 16, 2018

Governor Northam lays out his agenda to the General Assembly, which quickly kills the new governor’s proposed gun restrictions… meanwhile, competing parades in Lexington marking both Lee-Jackson Day and the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, went off without a hitch, or violence, over the weekend….

WMRA Daily 1/15/18

Jan 15, 2018

Democrat Ralph Northam took the oath of office as Virginia’s 73rd governor on Saturday… we have reports from the inauguration and surrounding festivities… as well as the traditional prank the outgoing governor plays on the newbie in office….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA’s Faith Pinho has the story of the Rockbridge Civil Discourse Society, returning civility to politics one beer at a time.  Amy Loeffler reports on a JMU professor who hopes his music sharing app is one that WON’T distract us from our everyday lives.  We’ve also got reports on the first week of the new General Assembly, as Virginia says bye-bye to Governor Terry McAuliffe, hello Governor Ralph Northam...

WMRA Daily 1/12/18

Jan 12, 2018

Could it be a replay of Charlottesville’s August 12th?  Lexington yet again prepares for a weekend encompassing both Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with competing parades again this year… the U.S. Senate finally recognizes Virginia’s Native American tribes… and, we have an exit interview with outgoing Governor Terry McAuliffe….

WMRA Daily 1/11/18

Jan 11, 2018

Terry McAuliffe delivers his final State of the Commonwealth address as governor… as the General Assembly convenes for its 2018 session… and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says that if Florida can get an exemption from the Trump administration from off-shore drilling, so should Virginia….

WMRA Daily 1/10/18

Jan 10, 2018

The new session of the General Assembly convenes today, as Governor-elect Ralph Northam prepares to take the oath of office on Saturday… lawmakers have already begun filing bills, including a proposal to help women achieve equity with men… and, we visit one family on edge waiting for a renewal of the federally-funded health insurance program known as CHIP….

WMRA Daily 1/9/18

Jan 9, 2018

Sixth District Republicans will hold a convention at JMU to select their candidate to replace Representative Bob Goodlatte… General Assembly Democrats are in favor of increasing the minimum wage, but one delegate is going a step further… and, there’s a new system to match jobs with Virginians looking for work….

WMRA Daily 1/8/18

Jan 8, 2018

Voters are appealing a judge’s decision over the weekend to ignore election irregularities in a Fredericksburg-area House of Delegates race… firefighters battled a fire in Fishersville in sub-freezing temperatures that destroyed a new nursing home… and, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether it is against the law to hang a noose on private property….

The Best of 2017

Jan 6, 2018

On this week's Second Look, we enjoy the most popular WMRA stories from 2017, with reporters Marguerite Gallorini, Emily Richardson-Lorente and Jessie Knadler.

WMRA Daily 1/5/18

Jan 5, 2018

A random drawing may have handed control of the House of Delegates to the Republicans -- we’ll have a full report on yesterday’s drawing that awarded the 94th district to incumbent Republican David Yancey – but is it a done deal? … Also, Trump lifts the ban on drilling off the coast of Virginia, but that’s not a done deal either….

WMRA Daily 1/4/18

Jan 4, 2018

A drawing will be held today to determine, by chance, the winner of the Newport News House of Delegates seat, and perhaps control of that chamber… a JMU geophysicist is among a team searching for the remains of slaves buried at Madison’s Montpelier… and, how important to Virginia’s economy is a Congressional fix for the so-called Dreamers?

WMRA Daily 1/3/18

Jan 3, 2018

An autopsy has been scheduled for the Charlottesville woman found dead in her home Monday night… Governor McAuliffe takes one last shot at expanding Medicaid… and, the Old Dominion is getting older….

WMRA Daily 1/2/18

Jan 2, 2018

Who will be Charlottesville’s next mayor?  Some councilors want to shake up the process for making that decision… White supremacist rallies and violence cost Charlottesville more than half a million dollars…. And, Governor McAuliffe commutes the death sentence of a convicted murderer….

WMRA Daily 12/29/17

Dec 29, 2017

The City of Charlottesville appoints an interim police chief, a lawyer for the organizer of the August white nationalist rally seeks a change of venue for a perjury trial, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation’s survey on the education workforce for young children and Virginia lawmakers look to reform the commonwealth’s system of standardized testing. 

WMRA Daily 12/28/17

Dec 28, 2017

Plans to break a tie in a Virginia House of Delegates race with a random drawing have been put on hold, young people are increasingly delaying their entry into the workforce, and Virginia’s ranking in the 2018 State of Mental Health report from Mental Health America.

WMRA Daily 12/27/17

Dec 27, 2017

The State Board of Elections has postponed a tie break in the still-contested 94th district, the town of Elkton receives a grant to repair a river bank,  a recent UVA grad has found a way to marry science and art, a UVA doctor helps Latinos receive better medical care, and free parking at Virginia Parks on New Year’s Day.

WMRA Daily 12/26/17

Dec 26, 2017

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors delays discussion of a proposed stormwater utility fee, a Strasburg town councilwoman resigns her post, which companies are contributing to Governor-elect Ralph Northam’s inauguration ceremonies and recycling your Christmas tree.

WMRA Daily 12/25/17

Dec 25, 2017

The drawing to determine the winner of the tied race for Delegate in Newport News will live streamed on Wednesday… A Charlottesville-based startup reaches another milestone to develop a new treatment for dry eye, the federal government awards a grant to protect acreage in Virginia, Kentucky Tennessee and major flaws in the report on Dominion’s contamination at ash ponds.

WMRA Daily 12/22/17

Dec 22, 2017

The tied race for delegate in Newport News will be determined by a drawing next Wednesday… Congress has prevented a government shutdown, but long-term health coverage for thousands of women and children in Virginia is still up in the air… and, we tag along as one Harrisonburg cop plays Santa….

WMRA Daily 12/21/17

Dec 21, 2017

That race in Newport News, decided by one vote?  It’s now tied, as certified by a three-judge panel, and we still don’t know the entire make-up of the House of Delegates – it could come down to essentially a coin toss… Senator Creigh Deeds says he will continue to push for same-day access for all state mental health centers… and, the governor-elect announces his pick for secretary of health and human resources….

WMRA Daily 12/20/17

Dec 20, 2017

One vote – one ballot – made the difference in one House of Delegates race, and that one vote means a change in the balance of power in the chamber, pending certification by a three-judge panel… Also, Charlottesville honors Heather Heyer, killed during a peaceful counter-protest on August 12th….

WMRA Daily 12/19/17

Dec 19, 2017

Charlottesville’s Police Chief resigns after less than two years on the job, and less than a month after a report harshly criticized his leadership after a violent summer in Charlottesville… Also, outgoing Governor McAuliffe releases his final budget proposal… as election officials comb through a handful of results with control over the House of Delegates hanging in the balance….

WMRA Daily 12/18/17

Dec 18, 2017

One of the marchers with a white supremacist rally on August 12th who punched counter-protesters is going to jail…  Gov. McAuliffe leaves office with a record budget surplus for Virginia… And yet, more people are moving out of Virginia than moving in….

On this week’s Second Look, WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has a detailed report on a lawsuit alleging inhumane conditions for dozens of unaccompanied immigrant children being detained at a facility near Staunton.  Also, Marguerite Gallorini sat in on an Affordable Housing 101 forum in Charlottesville, and she also explores how police officers there are getting some housing help, so they can actually afford to live in the city.  Also, we review the week in Virginia politics.

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