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 tries to keep the beat as the drummer for WMRA's house band, The Sustainers.  You can follow him on Twitter @WMRAnews.

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.

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