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.


West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

4th Circuit Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban in Va., U.S. EPA Begins Nationwide Hearings

What does the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling about Virginia's gay marriage ban mean for West Virginia? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency begins a week of public hearings about it's Clean Power Plan and business owners in Huntington think about what to do next after a large fire Sunday in a building downtown. 

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Energy & Environment
12:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

EPA Administrator Defends Clean Power Plans

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
Credit U.S. EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to hold public hearings this week about the proposed Clean Power Plan.  The hearings are being held in Washington, Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh.  Each hearing last two days.

The administrations plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants has been sharply criticized by some West Virginia politicians, political candidates, the coal industry and others who say it will hurt West Virginia’s economy.

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West Virginia Morning
8:25 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Remembering Charleston's Historic Block District, Garden for the Blind in Wheeling

A report about The Block, a historical district in Charleston once the heart of the city’s African-American community and more state history from Hinton in Summers County.  From Wheeling,  a report on a community garden specifically designed to be tended by the visually impaired and Marshall University's football team is expected to do well this season. 

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Help for Charleston's Community Gardens, W.Va. Teacher of the Year

A follow up to our story about the gardens on Charleston’s west side.  Publicity about the effort brought new volunteers to help maintain them.  We’ll re-visit West Virginia’s Teacher of the Year as she prepares for schools to open next month and Lori McKenna with the Mountain Stage Song of the Week. 

Beth Vorhees hosts West Virginia Morning Friday, July 25, 2014.

West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Marshall University Gets High Forensic Science Rating, Cruising Returns to Princeton

Part two of our report on the Veterans to Agriculture Program, giving returning soldiers a chance for therapeutic work.  Public policy workshops give citizens a chance to voice concerns about legislative issues. Marshall University's Forensic Science program gets a high national ranking and in Princeton, cruising is making a comeback as a way of revitalizing the downtown area.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Vets to Agriculture, Chinese Medicine in Va., Italian Heritage Celebration

Some returning war veterans are becoming farmers and beekeepers thanks to a state program.  More about the Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine in Floyd County, Virginia.  The center is working with local farmers to raise certified Chinese herbs. The Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival kicks off in Wheeling on Friday. 

Beth Vorhees hosts West Virginia Morning Wednesday, July 23, 2014

West Virginia Morning
8:25 am
Tue July 22, 2014

How City Government Works, Energy Forum & Chinese Medicinal Herbs in Va.

A  series of seminars titled "Fairmont 101" provides citizens there with lessons about the inner workings of running a city.  And the first of a two part series about Chinese Medicinal herbs now used and regulated in Virginia.

Beth Vorhees hosts West Virginia Morning Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Concerns About Road Construction, Beckley Annexation, Teaching Teachers, Charleston's Barbeque

Beckley could become the third largest city in the state if plans to annex some communities go through. State roads are in poor condition and contractors who work on these roads worry about the federal funding shortfall.  And Adrian Wright began his barbeque business in Charleston on a street corner.  Now he owns his own restaurant.

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West Virginia Morning
8:20 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Restoring Rural Coca-Cola Murals, Learning to Ride a Bike and The Pines Peform

Jessica Lilly reports how the Coca Cola company is restoring old murals in southern towns and why. Children with disabilities will wrap up a week-long day camp in Huntington, aimed at teaching them how to ride bicycles and The Pines perform the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Preliminary Findings About January Chemical Spill, PA Water Quality, Turning Around Matewan

Ashton Marra reports on the preliminary findings from federal investigators about the January chemical spill that contaminated drinking water in nine counties.  In Pennsylvania, residents in one town believe gas drilling is contaminating their drinking water.  Clark Davis reports from Matewan as residents work to turn their town around and you'll want to try yoga after young Ian Gardner in Hinton tells you all about it.

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West Virginia Morning
7:58 am
Wed July 16, 2014

The 2014 Ginseng Summit, Tourism Focused on Local Farms and Food & Appalachian Echoes

Beth Vorhees hosts West Virginia Morning Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Glynis Board reports from the 2014 Ginseng Summit  and food tourism continues to grow in Appalachia with a new culinary map that shows where to find the best. Also, our friends at Traveling 219 bring us a story on an old time music workshop in Marlinton, West Virginia. 

West Virginia Morning
8:21 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Dueling Campaign Rallies, Transportation Issues, Photo Project

On West Virginia Morning, a report about dueling political rallies as two major out of state politicians stump for their party's candidates for United States Senate.  Ashton Marra reports on that and transportation funding issues. And a check in with Roger May about his photography project "Looking at Appalachia." 

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Mountain Top Removal Mining Near Kanawha State Forest, Climate Change on Brook Trout & More

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the Kanawha State Forest where some residents are concerned about a mountain top removal mine site close by.  A West Virginia scientistsis experimenting how an Appalachian fish will adapt to climate change and we’ll visit with 81 year old Tom Toliver who has been creating community gardens on Charleston’s west side.

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12:49 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

With School Starting Soon, It's Time to Boost Vaccinations

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources urges parents to take action to ensure children have the proper vaccinations before school starts.  

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1:58 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Bus Service Between Charleston and Morgantown Debuts July 1.

I-RIDE 79 launches service from Charleston to Morgantown on July 1, 2014.
Credit Barons Bus Lines

There will be bus service from Charleston to Morgantown beginning next week.  The I-RIDE 79 service will make five stops at cities along the way.

The bus service begins Tuesday.  It will make stops in Clendenin, Flatwoods, Weston, Clarksburg and Fairmont.  The West Virginia Division of Public Transit is offering the service for as little as 3 dollars and up to 15 dollars depending on the length of the trip.

Buses are ADA accessible and equipped with WiFi, power outlets, reclining seats, seat belts, and restrooms.

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12:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Tennis Great Tracy Austin Returns to West Virginia

Tracy Austin on the stadium court at the Charleston Tennis Club, June 11, 2014
Credit Rick Vorhees

Tennis Pro Tracy Austin returned to Charleston this week. It was her first visit since winning a tournament in West Virginia's capital city in 1978.

The U.S. Open champ returned to stadium court at the Charleston Tennis Club.  She remembers being here as a teenager playing the Sweet 16 National Junior Women's Tennis tournament.

"I remember the club, you know, just coming in I'm feeling a bit nostalgic," Austin said.

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12:30 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Freedom Industries Tank Demolition to Begin Before End of June

Credit AP

Demolition of the steel tanks at the Freedom Industries tank farm along the Elk River is expected to begin before the end of the month.

Gov. Tomblin ordered  the tanks to be dismantled two weeks after the chemical spill in January. Because Freedom has filed for bankruptcy, all of the company’s financial transactions have to be approved by a bankruptcy judge. That approval was granted on Friday.

Attorneys and financial advisors for Freedom had hoped the tank dismantling could begin this week. However, obtaining all necessary permits is expected to take a few more weeks.

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Health care
5:20 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Try This: Building Healthier Communities

Kate Long
Credit Gail Hatton

For years now, we've reported on the state's many health issues.  We've done stories about childhood obesity, the prevalence of heart disease and diabetes.  This morning, we'll learn what many communities and the citizens who live in them are doing to make it better.  This Friday and Saturday, these communities will come together to share what works at the first Try This conference at West Virginia Wesleyan College.  Kate Long is among those organizing this gathering which began as a result of a series of stories she wrote for The Charleston Gazette.

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6:43 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Rockefeller Says People Don't Like the President Because He's the Wrong Color

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) West Virginia
Credit Politico

At a hearing about health care reform earlier this week, Sen. Jay Rockefeller said that legislation is stalled and progress is not being made in Congress because some people think President Obama is he wrong color.

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12:24 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Legislature Restores More Than $1 Million in Funding to Child & Family Programs

Del. Brent Boggs proposed the amendment to SB 2003.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Updated on Wednesday: May 21, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.:

The State Senate has concurred with the amendment and from the House and has passed the bill. The bill now goes to Governor Tomblin and awaits his signature.

The Senate passed the bill 30-1. Sen. Herb Snyder was the lone vote against.

Original Post on Wednesday: May 21, 2014 at 12:24 p.m.:

An amendment unanimously approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates would fully restore more than $1 million in cuts to family and child service programs.

Those cuts came in March as part of a line item veto by Gov. Tomblin. Later, the governor restored about $260,000 of those cuts by taking money from a trust fund to provide future children's programs.

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