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, 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.  You can follow him on Twitter @WMRAnews.

Ways to Connect

Step onto (or into) the Front Porch Roots Music School with WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente....  Jessie Knadler has the lowdown on the shady side of sunscreen -- it may be killing the world's coral reefs, according to a study from a Virginia lab.... Virginia Public Radio has the report on waste in the state's Medicaid benefits, and on Dominion's vision for the future of power in Virginia, and how it may rely on more nuclear power.... and we go way out into the universe, and way back in time to the Big Bang, with Our Island Universe.

Arrested?  Your mugshot may get published.  Want to get it out of publication?  Pay a hefty fee to the publisher.  And that's perfectly legal, if not entirely ethical, under the First Amendment and the Freedom of Information Act.  Kara Lofton reports on "Crime Times".... We also look at why there was NO change in state senate seats this election season, and how online voting might help raise turnout.  Plus, The Spark (with mule thoughts and mule body language), and Our Island Universe looks at our ever-expanding universe.

Republicans retain control of Virginia's General Assembly.  No seats for the State Senate will change hands in the next session -- the GOP retains a 21-19 majority.  In the House of Delegates, Republicans will hold a nearly two-thirds majority.

Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd.  On the ballot are candidates for the state Senate and House of Delegates, and for numerous local City and County offices.  To find out where to vote, and who's on the ballot, click here.

Find a full list of candidates for statewide offices here.

WMRA's Jordy Yager posted two reports from the Charlottesville area this week, serving up the final installment of our five-part special series on Food Insecurity, and attending a conference aimed at changing the conversation about, and among, young black men.... Jessie Knadler sniffed out the latest research on stink bugs, now an October fixture in Virginia.... and Virginia Public Radio's Sandy Hausman takes a look at the reaction of college professors to the rise in campus shootings.  We've also got this week's Our Island Universe!

In this special one-hour show, hear Bob Leweke's interviews with each of the candidates for the 26th state Senate district, Democratic challenger April Moore, and Republican incumbent Mark Obenshain.... Tag along with Jordy Yager and a Meals on Wheels volunteer bringing meals, and a human touch, to the homebound in Charlottesville.... Visit a grade-school classroom with Kara Lofton, where restorative justice practices are used to build trust and deal with conflict.... and, catch the radio re-broadcast of the televised debate between Moore and Obenshain from October 13th on WHSV-TV3.

Senator Mark Obenshain is the Republican incumbent representing the 26th state senate district of Virginia, and up for re-election in November.  His challenger is Democrat April Moore.  Sen. Obenshain sat down with Bob Leweke and talked about his campaign.

April Moore is a Democrat running to unseat incumbent Republican Senator Mark Obenshain in the 26th state senate district of Virginia.  She sat down with Bob Leweke and talked about her campaign.

We've got Jordy Yager's third installment of our series on Food Insecurity in Virginia, with a focus on hungry kids.... the unlikely path to behind-the-scenes fame taken by a pair of videographers, through music videos, in Charlottesville, with Emily Richardson-Lorente... an exploration of the cohousing movement, with Kara Lofton... and Virginia Public Radio reports on the debates over guns, and over the proposed natural gas pipeline, in Virginia.

This week's show includes one story from the previous week (the October 4th show was knocked off the air by a technical glitch!) -- we include Jordy Yager's first two installments of our "Food Insecurity in Virginia" series....  and, two stories at the intersection of economics and the environment, one by Jessie Knadler on the fast-growing Sigora Solar of Waynesboro, and one by Kara Lofton on Harrisonburg's new "single-stream" trash and recycling collection program.

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