Beth Vorhees

News Director, West Virginia Morning/News Host

Beth is the producer and host of West Virginia Morning heard every weekday morning at 7:30 on West Virginia Public Radio.  You also hear her deliver the news throughout the morning on Morning Edition.

When the state legislature is in its 60 day regular session, Beth is the producer of The Legislature Today West Virginia Public Broadcasting's nightly news program.

Beth is the Director of News and Public Affairs at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, leading an 8 person news team with bureaus across the state. 

Beth received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 from the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association, just one of many awards she has received in her nearly 30 year broadcasting career at West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Beth lives in Charleston and has been married to Rick Vorhees for 31 years.  They have one daughter, Diana of Nashville, TN.

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On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from the Eastern Panhandle where a group of artists get together to critique each other’s work.  Also, singer-songwriter Jill Barber has our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Charleston, West Virginia, is a good place for health care and home affordability.  The capital city was ranked in the top 20 by a national financial information company.

On West Virginia Morning, David Greene, a former coal miner from Boone County, has written a book that offers guidance to coal miners who are looking to education as a tool for new opportunities.  Glynis Board has the story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on a bill to allow gas companies to force mineral owners to sell their gas rights.  The bill failed on a tie vote in the house during the final night of the legislative session earlier this year.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, a representative of the American Cancer Society is urging the state legislature to increase the tax on cigarettes to promote cancer prevention.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, seven years ago Huntington was named the nation’s unhealthiest city.  Since then, many there have been trying to improve residents’ health…but is it working?  And we’ll go to Parkersburg where a church has been growing fresh food to give out for free.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, two reports from the Augusta Heritage Center...one about a young fiddle player and another about the traditional arts and crafts workshops.  Also, Judith Owen performs our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting...telling West Virginia's story.


On West Virginia Morning, Democrats in the U.S. Senate walked out of a subcommittee meeting yesterday to protest legislation meant to counteract the Clean Power Plan.  Also, leaders in the state legislature want to rescind the agreement that brought the Common Core education standards to West Virginia.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with John Deskins, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University about the impact the Clean Power Plan will have on the state’s coal industry.  That conversation on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins host Beth Vorhees live in our studio to report on the reactions by government officials to the EPA’s new rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.  Also, Glynis Board revisits a report issued in June that outlines how the state can comply with the Clean Power Plan.   

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


The appropriate balance of religion in American public education is something that’s been debated since Horace Mann initiated the first public schools in the 1800s.  In the most recent episode of Us & Them, host Trey Kay hears from Linda K. Wertheimer, author of Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion In an Age of Intolerance

In the 1970s, Wertheimer was a 9-year-old student from the only Jewish family in a small Ohio town.  She was confused and felt very uncomfortable when the “Church Lady” would appear in her class each week to have the kids sing “Yes, Jesus Loves Me.”  Linda was the only kid who didn’t know the words to the song. 

Trey spoke with Beth Vorhees about America’s tense history in addressing religion in public school classrooms.


On West Virginia Morning, reporter Liz McCormick speaks with the President of Shepherd University who is leaving to take a new job in Texas.  Also, Beth Vorhees talks with podcast host Trey Kay about the newest episode of Us and Them which features a look at religion in schools. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly about this week’s episode featuring a discussion about outsiders taking pictures in Appalachia.  And we visit the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins where it’s bluegrass music week.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Residents on Nancy and Lewis Streets in Charleston are the big winners of a contest that pitted block against block on Charleston's East End.  The prize was a more energy efficient home. 

The contest is called E4 - Energy efficiency in the east end, a Charleston neighborhood with older homes and apartment buildings.

For two years, homeowners signed up to have their homes undergo an energy audit and make improvements to use less power.  Emmett Pepper, the Executive Director of Energy Efficient West Virginia says the competition was a great success.

Producer/Host Jessica Lilly and producer Roxy Todd have pulled together a lot of voices on the subject of outsiders photographing Appalachians so we can get a better understanding of the question of who gets to tell our stories as Appalachians, why we are asking that question to begin with and hearing from folks who suggest it's not necessary to ask the question at all.


On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from Martinsburg where the city council is considering an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.  And Ashton Marra talks with governors attending the National Governors Association meeting at the Greenbrier last week about their efforts to combat substance abuse.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia and the Executive Director of the state Council of Churches about the Day of Hope to be held in September.  That’s  on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from Harpers Ferry where businesses are working to rebuild after a devastating fire last week.  Also, Ashton Marra has the latest about the Congressional debate over the No Child Left Behind Act.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the National Governors Association meeting held late last week at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.  And Jesse Wright has the story of a Dutch man who is tending the grave of a West Virginia soldier who was killed in action in the Netherlands during World War Two.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Dr. Donald Rasmussen, an internal medicine specialist who helped spark the 1969 Black Lung Strike, died on Thursday. He was 87.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that throughout the 1960s, Rasmussen became involved in groundbreaking research about black lung, a sometimes-fatal disease caused by inhaling coal dust.

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