Beth Vorhees

News Director, West Virginia Morning/News Host

You hear Beth Vorhees on the radio every morning and during the legislative session, you see her on TV every evening.

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 and host of The Legislature Today on West Virginia PBS.

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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West Virginia Morning
8:48 am
Mon October 20, 2014

First Woman to Walk in Space: Don't Be Afraid of Being Afraid

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Wheeling about the Women and Technology conference.  She’ll talk with the first woman to walk in space.  And Ashton Marra interviews Natalie Tennant, one of the candidates who could become the first women to represent West Virginia in the United States Senate.

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Ebola Virus
12:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Kanawha Health Officer: Response to Yeager Ebola Scare Was 'Coordinated' and 'Careful'

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There were some tense moments at Yeager Airport last night.  A flight from Atlanta was delayed on the tarmac after someone on the flight overheard a conversation about Ebola in Texas.  Dr. Rahul Gupta, the health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department described the scene on West Virginia Public Radio this morning.

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West Virginia University
8:14 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Are W. Va. Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

On West Virginia Morning, the health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department joins Beth Vorhees to talk about hospital preparations to handle contagious diseases.  And part 2 of Roxy Todd’s report about a special heirloom cornmeal that one chef uses for his Italian polenta.  A report from the kitchen.

West Virginia Morning
8:21 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Jenkins, Rahall Debate; Monroe County Grist Mill

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on last night’s debate between Democratic incumbent Congressman Nick Rahall and Republican challenger State Senator Evan Jenkins.  And we’ll visit Reed’s Mill which has been grinding corn meal since 1791.

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West Virginia Legislature
5:45 am
Wed October 15, 2014

House of Delegates Mourns the Loss of Oce Smith

Sergeant-At-Arms Emeritus Oce Smith
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Members of the House of Delegates are mourning the loss of the long time Sergeant-At-Arms who passed away early Tuesday.

Oce Smith was Sergeant-At-Arms Emeritus. He retired in 2012 after 45 years serving the house.

House Speaker Tim Miley today noted Smith's vast knowledge of the legislative process.   Delegate Mike Caputo called him a true Statehouse institution.

Oce Smith lived in Marion County.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

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News
2:28 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

WVU Parkersburg Preparing for Petrochemical Jobs

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg is working to identify the major industries and staffing needs associated with the proposed ethane cracker plant in Wood County.  

In November 2013, the Brazil-based Odebrecht Organization announced a location near Parkersburg, W.Va. for an ethane cracker and associated polyethylene plants. Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise, or project ASCENT, will use ethane produced in West Virginia as a result of the development of the Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Small School in Paw Paw Finishes Big Science Project

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll take a trip to Paw Paw in Morgan County to visit a small school with a big science project.  And in Milton in Cabell County, a worker at Blenko Glass is worried that young people are not learning glass making skills.

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2014 Election
8:19 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Twitter: The New Election Soap Box

On West Virginia Morning, our digital reporter Dave Mistich looks at the effect anonymous twitter users are having on political discourse.  And, from Friday’s edition of our political talk show Viewpoint, Ashton Marra talks with Nick Casey, the Democratic candidate for the state’s second congressional district.

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Is Reality TV Encouraging Ginseng Poaching?

On West Virginia Morning, a report by Glynis Board about how reality shows set in Appalachia are leading to illegal ginseng poaching.  And country music star Martina McBride is along with our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Climate Change
6:34 am
Fri October 10, 2014

W. Va. Sen. Manchin Visits Rhode Island to Discuss Climate Change

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is visiting the state of Rhode Island today.

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Arts & Culture
8:23 am
Thu October 9, 2014

W. Va. Music Hall of Famer Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

W. Va. native Bill Withers has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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"Lean on Me" singer and West Virginia native Bill Withers is among the first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Six of the 15 nominees for the hall's Class of 2015 are on the ballot for the first time. The new nominees were announced on Thursday.

Results of the voting will be announced in December, with the induction planned for next April in Cleveland.

Withers was born the youngest of six children in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia and raised in nearby Beckley.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

New State Superintendent of Schools Reveals Education Priorities

On West Virginia Morning, Wednesday marked the first official state board of education meeting for West Virginia’s new superintendent of schools.  Ashton Marra will have a report.  And we’ll visit the J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works in Malden, Kanawha County.

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Elk River chemical spill
10:51 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Above Ground Storage Tank Public Hearing Set for Thursday

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will conduct a public hearing Thursday evening on the  draft interpretive rule for the Aboveground Storage Tank Program.

The new program is a requirement of Senate Bill 373, which passed the West Virginia Legislature in March after the January 9th chemical spill in Charleston contaminated drinking water.

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West Virginia Morning
8:29 am
Wed October 8, 2014

U. S. Senate Debate Overview; Generation West Virginia

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins Beth Vorhees for a report about the debate between Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate.  And we’ll meet the new Executive Director of Generation West Virginia, a group that seeks to reverse the brain drain.

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Advocates Wait for Same Sex Marriage Ruling in W. Va.

On West Virginia Morning, advocates say it won’t be long before the state’s ban on same sex marriage is overturned.  And a story about a group of Romanian music students who are traveling around the state learning Appalachian folk music.

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Government
12:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Gay Marriages in Va. Can Begin Monday, W.Va. Ruling to Come

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The Richmond-based federal appeals court says its ruling authorizing same-sex marriages in Virginia will take effect this afternoon.

According to the clerk's office, the mandate will be issued at 1 p.m. Court clerks will be able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after that time.

In West Virginia, the issue of same sex marriage is in the court of Federal Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington.  Chambers had set aside ruling on the matter citing the same issues were at stake in Virginia.  Chambers entered an order in June that stayed the case filed in West Virginia by three couples last October.

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Mon October 6, 2014

New Research at WVU Studies Autism

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on new research underway in the state to study autism.  And we’ll hear from the third party candidates in the race for the United States Senate.  They were guests on our political talk show Viewpoint on Friday. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:26 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Tank Owners Don't Like Above Ground Storage Tank Rule

On West Virginia Morning, owners of above ground storage tanks in the Eastern Panhandle learn more about registration and inspection rules from officials of the DEP last night in Martinsburg.  We’ll have a report.  And Umphrey's McGee is along with the Mountain Stage Song of the Week. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Take Our Climate Change Survey

On West Virginia Morning, a special facility that cares for drug addicted newborns finally opens in Huntington.  It had taken years to get the proper permits.  And we’ll go to the state biscuit bakeoff held during the Autumn Harvest Festival in Pocahontas County. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Wed October 1, 2014

The State of Working W. Va.; Attorney General Before Supreme Court

On West Virginia Morning, a report about a study that explores the health benefits of lower carbon emissions and we’ll learn more about a new report released yesterday about economic recovery in the state and the transition from coal to natural gas. 

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